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Honduras: Justice gap over Berta Cáceres’ murder sends warning to activists

The scandalous lack of an effective investigation to find those responsible for ordering the brutal killing of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres sends a terrifying message to the hundreds of people who dare to speak out against the powerful, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the killing on 2 March. “Berta’s tragic murder illustrates the woeful state of human rights in Honduras.

Date:
27 February 2017
  • Blog

"Muslim registries", Big Data and Human Rights

Both as a candidate and now as President, Donald Trump has made clear his intent to pursue aggressive policies targeting Muslims, refugees and immigrants under the banner of national security. In his first week in office Trump enacted the patently unlawful travel ban seeking to bar all refugees, and individuals from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. A second executive order the same week, as well as later accompanying policy memoranda, extended powers to law enforcement and immigration agencies to increase detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Date:
27 February 2017
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Business and Human Rights

USA: Tell Data Brokers: Do not Help Build a Muslim Registry or Facilitate Mass Deportations

While we cannot predict the future actions of the Trump administration, given Trump’s statements about building a registry in the past, we must conclude that the risks to human rights are enormous. This raises questions of data ethics and especially of international human rights responsibilities. Data brokers and data analytics companies – like all businesses – have a responsibility to respect human rights, which means they must make sure they do not cause or contribute to human rights abuses.

Date:
27 February 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/5784/2017
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USA: Free young mother detained by immigration authorities for 15 months

Amnesty International USA is launching a campaign today urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release a 26-year-old woman on parole so she can obtain urgent medical treatment and be with her family. AIUSA is mobilizing its over 1. 2 million U. S. members and supporters to call ICE and the Department of Homeland Security and demand that she be released while her request for asylum is reviewed.

Date:
24 February 2017
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Refugees

South Africa: Longstanding criminal justice failures and toxic populist rhetoric fuelling xenophobia

Authorities must ensure adequate protection for all refugees and migrants living in South Africa, amid the current protests in Pretoria and the escalating xenophobic tension and attacks in different parts of Gauteng Province, Amnesty International said today. Two protests are currently underway in different parts of Pretoria, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi, against high inequality, poverty and unemployment.

Date:
24 February 2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: Prisoner of conscience on trial faces new charges: Nabeel Rajab

Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab remains on trial for comments posted on Twitter. The verdict pursuant to his trial has been repeatedly postponed since October 2016. He also faces a new trial on separate charges related to TV interviews he gave. He faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted in both cases.

Date:
24 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5776/2017
  • News
  • Pakistan
  • Killings and Disappearances

Pakistan: Wave of violence shows a horrific disregard for human life

Over the past fortnight, a series of bomb attacks claimed by a slew of armed groups has claimed the lives of more than 120 people and injured several more, raising concerns about the protection of human life. “All those suspected of responsibility for this horrific wave of violence must be brought to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts and without recourse to death penalty,” said Nadia Rahman, Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner.

Date:
23 February 2017
  • News
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Lifetime Achievements: Paying Tribute to 4 Human Rights Heroes

By Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research On 26 February Hollywood’s brightest stars will gather in LA for the Oscars. The biggest film event on the calendar will provide a welcome distraction from the reality of a year that has seen assaults on human rights in almost every country. Times like these can bring out the best in us, mobilizing people around the world to fight for what is right. Just like in the movies, sometimes extraordinary circumstances can make heroes out of ordinary people.

Date:
23 February 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Urgent need for accountability in Yemen: Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International has gathered information according to which all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Huthis and allied forces, have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights law in ground and air attacks, some of which should be investigated as war crimes. Further, the Huthis and allied forces, including army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have arbitrarily arrested and detained critics and opponents as well as journalists, human rights defenders and members of the Baha’i community, subjecting scores to enforced disappearance.

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/5765/2017