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The torturous fields of Ethiopia’s rehabilitation centre

Befeqadu Hailu, a member of the Zone-9 blogging group was arrested for criticizing the State of Emergency Declaration, in an interview he gave to the Voice of America. In this note, he shares what he witnessed during his stay at Awash Sebat Military Training Centre, which was turned into a rehabilitation centre for people arrested during the State of Emergency. Wakoma Tafa was planning to get married on Sunday 9 October 2016, when the police arrested him just three days before his wedding day in Alem Gena -a town 25kms west of Addis Ababa.

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22 February 2017
  • News
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

The human rights violators’ playbook: how to respond to an Amnesty International report

By Anna Neistat, Amnesty International's Senior Director of Research When Amnesty International (Amnesty) released a report documenting the mass hanging of thousands of prisoners in Syria’s Saydnaya Prison, the Syrian government was put on the back foot. President Bashar al-Assad himself responded, calling our report “childish” and “biased”, and even laughed as he said he didn’t know what went on in Saydnaya as he was "in the Presidential Palace”.

Date:
22 February 2017
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  • United States of America
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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

Amnesty International releases its Annual Report for 2016 to 2017 Risk of domino effect as powerful states backtrack on human rights commitments Salil Shetty, head of the global movement, warns that “never again” has become meaningless as states fail to react to mass atrocities Politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing “us vs them” rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, warned Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Date:
22 February 2017
  • Research

Amnesty International Report 2016/17: The state of the world's human rights

The Amnesty International Report 2016/17 documents the state of human rights in 159 countries and territories during 2016. For millions, 2016 was a year of unrelenting misery and fear, as governments and armed groups abused human rights in a multitude of ways. Large numbers of people continued to flee conflict and repression in many regions of the world. Among other pervasive issues, this report documents continuing torture and other ill-treatment, the failure to uphold sexual and reproductive rights, government surveillance, and a culture of impunity for past crimes.

Date:
21 February 2017
Ref:
POL 10/4800/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Myanmar: National efforts to investigate Rakhine State violence are inadequate

National efforts to investigate human rights violations and possible crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar security forces in northern Rakhine State are not independent or credible and are unlikely to deliver justice, truth and reparations for victims and their families. The inability – or unwillingness – of the Myanmar authorities to independently and effectively investigate allegations of serious crimes under international law requires the international community to step-in to ensure accountability and prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation.

Date:
21 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5758/2017
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  • Americas
  • Children

Central American carnage – how Trump’s border wall would lock refugees in a life of violence and fear

The image of a dozen children playing behind a tall metal fence, surrounded by armed guards, says it all – in one of the world’s most dangerous barrios, even playtime happens under security lockdown. The newly built park is located in the Rivera Hernández neighbourhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It’s one of the deadliest areas of the most dangerous city in one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

Date:
20 February 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Viet Nam: Hundreds of peaceful marchers attacked by police

Around 700 men, women and children was attacked by police while on the way to submit legal complaints against Formosa Plastics, amounting to US$20 million in damages. The Taiwanese company, based in Hà Tĩnh province, has accepted responsibility for the April 2016 ecological disaster, which affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Date:
20 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/5728/2017
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  • Tunisia
  • Killings and Disappearances

Tunisia: Indictments a step closer for justice in Faysal Baraket’s case of death under torture

A Tunisian court has indicted 21 individuals for the torture to death of Faysal Barakat, more than 25 years after his arrest in October 1991 for criticising the Ben Ali government on television. The accused, who reportedly include members of the security forces and former state officials, have lodged an appeal against the indictments.

Date:
20 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 30/5735/2017