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Yemen: Huthi forces block vital hospital supplies fuelling humanitarian crisis in Ta’iz

The Huthi armed group and forces allied to it are endangering the lives of thousands of civilians in the southern city of Ta’iz by blocking the entry of crucial medical supplies and food over the past three months, in blatant violation of international humanitarian law, said Amnesty International. Testimony gathered by the organization from 22 residents and medical staff living in Yemen’s third largest city paints an alarming picture of civilian suffering and hardship.

Date:
9 February 2016
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EU RESPONSIBLE MINERAL SOURCING REGULATION: CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSE TO THE COUNCIL MANDATE AGREED BY COREPER ON 17 DECEMBER 2015

The trade in resources – such as gold, diamonds, tantalum, tin, cobalt and coal – perpetuates a cycle of conflict and human rights abuses in many fragile areas of the world. These resources end up in products that we use every day, from aeroplanes and cars to mobile phones and laptops. The EU is currently drafting a law intended to tackle this deadly trade. This briefing sets out a response from Amnesty International and civil society coalition partners to the proposal put forward by the European Council, made up of EU Member States.

Date:
9 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International and civil society coalition partners
Ref:
IOR 10/3415/2016
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Nicaragua side-lines local communities over multi-billion dollar canal

Nicaragua’s reckless handling of a multi-billion dollar project that will see a canal cutting the country in two will displace tens of thousands of people putting their livelihoods at risk, said Amnesty International after leaders from three affected indigenous and afro-descendent Rama-Kriol communities presented an appeal to the country’s top court. “The fact that Nicaragua is planning to go ahead with a mega project that will destroy the lives of many communities without even properly taking their views into consideration is outrageous,” said Erika Guevara, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
9 February 2016
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Sir Richard Branson joins Amnesty International’s Global Council

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson is to join Amnesty International’s prestigious Global Council, the organization announced today. “As a consistent and very visible advocate on social justice issues, Sir Richard Branson’s voice joining Amnesty's will be a force multiplier. An influential global figure, his efforts will help our messages reach more people around the world mobilizing them to stand up for human rights,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Date:
9 February 2016
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  • Africa
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Company Responses to the Report: "This is what we die for": human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt

In the report '"This is what we die for": human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt', Amnesty International documents hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices.

Date:
9 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 62/3412/2016
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Five frightening facts about Mexico the Pope should be aware of

Mexico is suffering a human rights crisis of epidemic proportions with disappearances, torture, mass graves and brutal murders so common they have become part of day-to-day life. As he prepares to make his first trip to Mexico, here are five things Pope Francis should be aware of before setting foot on the country. 1. Thousands of people have been killed in the context of the so-called “war against organized crime”, but no one knows exactly how manyFor the second year in a row, the Mexican authorities have failed to publish any statistics on the number of people killed or wounded in clashes with the police and military forces, as part of their ill-conceived and utterly ineffective fight against organized crime.

Date:
9 February 2016
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Democratic Republic of Congo: Prisoner of Conscience moved to military prison: Vano Kiboko

Former member of parliament Vano Kiboko is currently serving a three year prison sentence for publicly opposing a third term for the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila. He was transferred to a military detention centre in Kinshasa on 27 January, following accusations that he was trying to create an “insurrectional movement” within the civilian prison where he was detained.

Date:
9 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 62/3372/2016
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Colombia: The Human Rights Situation in Colombia. Amnesty International’s written statement to the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council (29 February – 24 March 2016)

Amnesty International reiterates its support for the work of the Office in Colombia of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (HRC) to improve respect for human rights. Its work, especially human rights monitoring, will become even more critical given the uncertain human rights challenges of a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). This statement presents an overview of Amnesty International’s concerns in Colombia, and recommendations to HRC members and observer states.

Date:
9 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 23/3341/2016
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Malaysia: Authorities must release Anwar Ibrahim and end crackdown on dissent

The Malaysian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who has now spent a year in prison on politically motivated charges. Amnesty International regards Anwar Ibrahim as a prisoner of conscience, who has been targeted solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Date:
9 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 28/3414/2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Israel/OPT: Palestinian hunger-striking detainee close to death

Palestinian journalist Muhammed al-Qiq, held without charge or trial by Israel for nearly three months and on hunger strike since 25 November 2016, is at imminent risk of death. Despite the Israeli High Court of Justice reviewing his case, he remains effectively detained with no charge or trial. Al-Qiq initially launched his hunger strike to protest the torture or other ill-treatment to which he says he was subjected in Israeli custody, and to demand his release from detention he believes is motivated by his work as a journalist.

Date:
8 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 15/3410/2016
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CAR: Strengthen peacekeepers to prevent renewed violence

Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. With a new president to be elected in less than a week, Amnesty’s report Mandated to protect, equipped to succeed? Strengthening peacekeeping in Central African Republic analyses   how major gaps in personnel and equipment resulted in UN peacekeepers failure to prevent and contain a serious outbreak of violence in Bangui in September 2015 that led to the death of over 75 people, including many civilians.

Date:
8 February 2016
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Central African Republic: Mandated to protect, equipped to succeed? Strengthening peacekeeping in Central African Republic

Amnesty International is concerned that MINUSCA is not adequately equipped to fully deliver the mandate provided by the UN Security Council, including to protect civilians, and that these weaknesses must be addressed, including when the UN Security Council considers renewal of the Mission’s mandate in April 2016. These gaps were once again cruelly exposed on 26 September 2015 in a three-day surge of violence in Bangui that led to the deaths of at least 75 people, mostly civilians, the displacement of over 42,000 others, the rape of at least a dozen women in one district on the first day alone and the escape of more than 500 detainees from Bangui’s main prison.

Date:
8 February 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 19/3263/2016
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Iraq: Authorities turn blind eye to Shi’a militia vicious reprisal killings

The Iraqi authorities’ failure to protect Sunni civilians from a wave of reprisal attacks by Shi’a militia last month is another example of widespread impunity for what are clearly war crimes, said Amnesty International today. Abductions, killings and burning of homes and property of the Sunni community in and around the city of Muqdadiya started on 11 January after appalling bomb attacks that killed at least 27 civilians, carried out by the armed group calling itself Islamic State.

Date:
5 February 2016
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  • Syria
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Turkey: Authorities must ensure safe passage for Syrians fleeing Aleppo attacks

Tens of thousands of people displaced by joint Russian and Syrian government attacks in the north of Syria must be allowed to cross the border to safety in Turkey, Amnesty International said today amid reports that thousands of people are waiting at border gates that remain closed. Reports suggest that between 40,000 and 70,000 people are on the move after fleeing heavy fighting near the city of Aleppo.

Date:
5 February 2016