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Myanmar: Fact-finding mission welcome, urgently needed, overdue

An internationally mandated fact-finding mission to look at human rights violations in Myanmar is welcome, urgently needed and long overdue, Amnesty International said today. “The announcement of an independent international fact-finding mission to look into human rights violations in Myanmar is long overdue. After the Myanmar government’s failure to establish a credible investigation into the security forces’ crimes against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State, there is an urgent need for a team of international experts examine alleged violations there, in Kachin and in northern Shan State,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
24 March 2017
  • News
  • Sierra Leone
  • Unlawful Killings

Sierra Leone: One dead, two seriously injured as security forces open fire on protesting students

The security forces killed one person and seriously injured at least two others as they opened fire on protesting students in the city of Bo today, Amnesty International said. “This bloodshed and loss of young life is a tragedy and suggests a heavy handed response by the security forces to a student protest,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International West Africa researcher. “We urge the police to refrain from committing human rights violations and instead allow the students to safely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
23 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Pluralism and the struggle for justice and equality in Indonesia

It is an honour to have been asked to give this year’s Yap Thiam Hien human rights lecture. And I should begin by acknowledging both the importance of his work and the relevance of the example he set. At a time when many people around the world are facing surveillance, arrest, attack and even killings for standing up for their rights, it is very good to honour the memory of a man who was uncompromising in his fight for rights and justice.

Date:
23 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

730 Days of Conflict in Yemen - In Pictures

Two years into the war in Yemen, civilians continue to pay the heaviest price. As of February 2017, over 4,667 civilians have been killed, 8,180 have been injured and at least 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. All sides to the conflict have failed to take the precautions necessary to spare civilians and civilian objects. The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has bombed schools, hospitals, markets and mosques, and has used internationally banned cluster munitions.

Date:
23 March 2017
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • UN

Israel/OPT: UN Secretary-General’s report to the Security Council presents key opportunity to highlight Israel’s ongoing illegal settlement activity and its impact on Palestinians

On Friday 24 March the UN Security Council is due to receive the first Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 2334 (2016). The resolution, passed on 23 December 2016, calls on Israel to immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), including East Jerusalem.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/5952/2017
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  • Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea: Sorcery killings trial is a chance for justice

Responding to the trial in Papua New Guinea of 122 people charged with more than seven killings in 2014 of people accused of sorcery, Champa Patel, Amnesty International said: "For far too long, the killings of women accused of sorcery in Papua New Guinea have gone unpunished. They have often faced beatings, burnings and even public executions as the authorities have failed to act. This new trial is a chance to break with that tradition of impunity, if they are given fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Date:
23 March 2017
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  • Libya
  • Armed Conflict

Evidence points to war crimes by Libyan National Army forces

Shocking video evidence has emerged showing fighters from the Libyan National Army (LNA) carrying out execution-style killings of captured fighters from the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries (SCBR) in the Ganfouda area of Benghazi, said Amnesty International. The two separate incidents may amount to war crimes, adding to the long list of crimes under international law that have been committed with impunity by armed groups and militias in both Western and Eastern Libya.

Date:
23 March 2017
  • News
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Multibillion-dollar arms sales by USA and UK reveal shameful contradiction with aid efforts

The USA and UK are fuelling serious violations that have caused devastating civilian suffering through multibillion-dollar arms transfers to Saudi Arabia that vastly overshadow their humanitarian efforts, said Amnesty International. Since the conflict began two years ago in March 2015, the US and UK have together transferred more than US$5 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia which is leading the military coalition in Yemen.

Date:
23 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Malaysia: Politically Motivated Prosecutions Against Human Rights Defenders Must Stop

Malaysia continues its vicious crackdown on dissent through the selective prosecution of outspoken activists. The latest instance is the trial, conviction and sentencing of Lena Hendry, a Malaysian woman human rights defender who was found guilty under the Film Censorship Act and fined RM 10,000 ($USD 2,260) by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court on 22 March 2017 for screening a film on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 28/5939/2017
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  • Cambodia
  • Impunity

Cambodia: Significant Questions Remain After Guilty Verdict in Kem Ley Trial

On 23 March 2017, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Oeuth Ang guilty of the premeditated murder of prominent political commentator Kem Ley on 10 July 2016 and sentenced him to life imprisonment. However, key aspects of the case appear to have been inadequately investigated. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch therefore call for an independent, impartial and effective investigation to establish whether anyone else was involved in the killing, so that the victims of this serious crime, including Kem Ley’s wife and children, will be able to obtain justice.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/5944/2017
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  • Jamaica
  • Killings and Disappearances

Together we are stronger

As a relative of a young man killed by the police in Kingston, Jamaica, many people have asked me how my family copes with the pain, with having lost a part of us, with the immense frustration of not having found justice for Nakiea. The answer is not easy. Some days, the strength to continue fighting for justice comes from within, others, from the support we have received from so many people from around the world.

Date:
22 March 2017
  • News
  • Bangladesh
  • Death Penalty

Bangladesh: Halt imminent executions of three men who tried to kill UK ambassador

Bangladesh must halt the imminent executions of three men sentenced to death for a grenade attack on the UK Ambassador, Amnesty International said. Prison authorities in Bangladesh today confirmed that the executions of Mufti Abdul Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon – all alleged members of the banned armed group Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) – would be carried out soon. They were all convicted of and sentenced to death over an attack in 2004 which injured the then-UK High Commissioner, Anwar Choudhury, and killed three people.

Date:
22 March 2017
  • Research
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council: Item 10 – General Debate

In the two years since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launched airstrikes on the Huthi armed group in Yemen, over 12,000 civilians have been killed or injured. Amnesty International urges members of this Council to support the High Commissioner’s call for the establishment of an international investigative body which can establish the facts about alleged violations by all parties to the conflict and identify alleged perpetrators to ensure justice and accountability.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/5883/2017
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  • Taiwan
  • LGBT Rights

Same-sex Marriage Bill in Taiwan

On 26 December 2016, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan's Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statues Committee passed draft amendments to the Civil Code that would legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan. This was the first reading of the bill. It will then be referred to a party caucus for further negotiations and a second and third readings for discussion, re-examination and then conclusion in the full general assembly.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 38/5935/2017
  • Research
  • Italy
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Italy: Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples

Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the threat of imminent forced eviction by local authorities of approximately 1,300 Romanian Roma, living in the Gianturco informal settlement, in the city of Naples, southern Italy. Municipal authorities are planning to relocate 200 of the evicted Roma to a new segregated camp currently being built by the municipality, co-funded by the Ministry of Interior.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/5926/2017