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Libya: Civilians trapped in Benghazi in desperate conditions as fighting encroaches

Fears are growing for hundreds of civilians who are trapped in a Benghazi neighbourhood which faces intensified fighting after several months under military blockade, Amnesty International said today. The organization has gathered testimony from some of the 130 Libyan families and hundreds of foreign nationals who have been trapped for months in the residential district of Ganfouda, in south-west Benghazi.

Date:
30 September 2016
  • Education
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Young Danish reporters put human rights on the front page

Stepping into the shoes of journalists as part of a national competition, school students in Denmark put the spotlight on sexual and reproductive rights by publishing 120 newspapers on human rights. “It has been important for us to tell the stories we heard in our interviews,” shares one of the young reporters. “I was shocked by some of the testimonies”, says another. Investigating how gender-based discrimination is formed, and how physical and sexual violence affect women in Denmark, around 7,000 secondary students enrolled in a national journalism competition and became reporters for a week.

Date:
30 September 2016
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Corporate Accountability

Electric cars: Running on child labour?

Leading electric car makers must come clean to their consumers about the steps they are taking to keep child labour out of their supply chains, and be open about any abuses that they do find, Amnesty International said today, ahead of the Paris Motor Show where new models of electric cars will be displayed. Leading electric car makers General Motors (GM), Renault-Nissan and Tesla have failed to disclose the steps they are taking to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers as young as seven in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not used in their batteries.

Date:
30 September 2016
  • News
  • Syria
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Global inaction is enabling the brutal destruction of Aleppo

The collapse of the latest Syrian ceasefire agreement in recent days brought a ferocious escalation in the bombardment of Aleppo last weekend. At least 173 civilians were killed, predominantly in Aleppo city and governorate according to the Violations Documentation Center, an independent Syrian human rights group. On Saturday, texts and calls from people trapped in the besieged city described sustained, horrifying attacks with an aim that could be summarized in one word: obliteration.

Date:
29 September 2016
  • Action

Help us decode Darfur

Much remains unknown about the true extent of civilian targeting in rural areas of Darfur, with no comprehensive assessments of village attacks over the last five years. That’s where you come in. By signing up to the latest Amnesty Decoders project, you can help us document the level of destruction in the region. From early October, we will be mobilizing a global network of digital volunteers to analyse satellite imagery and identify whether villages appear to have been attacked, damaged, or destroyed.

Date:
29 September 2016
  • News
  • Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

Sudan: Credible evidence of the use of chemical weapons to kill and maim hundreds of civilians including children in Darfur revealed

An Amnesty International investigation has gathered horrific evidence of the repeated use of what are believed to be chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in one of the most remote regions of Darfur over the past eight months. Using satellite imagery, more than 200 in-depth interviews with survivors and expert analysis of dozens of appalling images showing babies and young children with terrible injuries, the investigation indicates that at least 30 likely chemical attacks have taken place in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January 2016.

Date:
29 September 2016
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  • Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

Tales of terror: Darfur villagers reveal gruesome effects of suspected chemical weapons attacks

Villagers from the Jebel Marra region of Darfur, where Amnesty International has uncovered credible evidence of chemical weapons attacks on civilians by Sudanese government forces, have told of the devastating effects of the shelling. Khalil, in his thirties, was at his home in a village near Kaguro when it was bombed on 16 January. He became very ill after being exposed to smoke released from one of the bombs.

Date:
29 September 2016
  • Research
  • Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

Sudan: Scorched earth, poisoned air: Sudanese government forces ravage Jebel Marra, Darfur

In January 2016, Sudanese government forces launched a large-scale military campaign in the Jebel Marra area in Darfur, Sudan. Co-ordinated ground and air attacks targeted locations throughout Jebel Marra until May. After that, the seasonal rains in Darfur intensified, making ground attacks impractical throughout most of the area; air operations continued through mid-September. Amnesty International has documented a large number of serious violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law committed by Sudanese government forces.

Date:
29 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 54/4877/2016
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  • Yemen
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YEMEN: ORAL STATEMENT TO THE 33RD REGULAR SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Nearly 1,500 more civilians have been killed in Yemen in the year since this Council failed to create an international inquiry into the conflict. This brings the total civilian casualties to 3,799 deaths and more than 6,700 wounded since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began airstrikes in March 2015. Amnesty International urges the Council to support the High Commissioner’s recommendation and promptly establish an international investigative body capable of establishing the facts about allegations of violations by all sides to the conflict and identifying alleged perpetrators to ensure justice and accountability for victims and their families.

Date:
29 September 2016
Author:
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Ref:
MDE 31/4917/2016
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  • Africa
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Sudan: Five Years and Counting: Intensified Aerial Bombardment, Ground Offensive and Humanitarian Crisis in South Kordofan State

For over five years now, the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army – North (SPLM/A-N) have been engaged in a conflict in SPLA-N controlled areas of Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The conflict has been characterised by an unrelenting campaign of aerial and ground attacks at the hands of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). Amnesty International’s monitoring of the conflict over the past five years has concluded that many of the attacks have targeted civilian objects and civilian areas which have no legitimate military objective.

Date:
29 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 54/4913/2016
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  • Disappearances

Mexico: Further information: Demand protection for relatives of disappeared

The relative of a disappeared young man in Mexico has been assaulted and threatened in an apparent attempt to stop him and his family from campaigning on their case. In July the authorities withdrew police protection for the family, days after another relative visited Canada to campaign with Amnesty International. Existing protection measures are inadequate as they failed to prevent the latest attack.

Date:
29 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 41/4916/2016
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  • Censorship and Free Speech

Nigeria: Crackdown on journalists and assault on protests shrinking civic space

The continuing spate of arrests and detentions of journalists and bloggers amid the security forces’ violent disruption of peaceful protests underscores how the Nigerian government appears determined to crush dissent and suffocate freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today. The organization is calling for the authorities to ensure the rights of Nigerians to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, as guaranteed by international human rights law and the Nigerian Constitution.

Date:
28 September 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Pakistan
  • Death Penalty

Pakistan: Person with mental disability faces execution: Imdad Ali

Imdad Ali, a death row prisoner with a mental disability, is at imminent risk of execution. He was convicted of the murder of a religious teacher in 2002. In 2012, he was diagnosed with “paranoid schizophrenia”. International law clearly prohibits the use of the death penalty against people with mental or intellectual disabilities.

Date:
28 September 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 33/4907/2016
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Pattern of unlawful killings reveals shocking disregard for human life

Nearly a year on from a bloody spike in violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) Israeli forces continue to display an appalling disregard for human life by using reckless and unlawful lethal force against Palestinians, Amnesty International said today. In a memorandum sent to the Israeli authorities on 14 September, the organization has detailed 20 cases of apparently unlawful killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces seeking clarification about the status of investigations.

Date:
28 September 2016