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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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  • 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
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  • Middle East and North Africa

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

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
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  • 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
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  • Discrimination

Italy: Hundreds of Roma at risk of forced eviction

A community of approximately 1300 Romanian Roma is facing an imminent forced eviction from the informal settlement of Gianturco in Naples, in southern Italy. Around 200 of the Roma will be rehoused by the municipality in a newly built segregated camp in Via del Riposo. The rest risk being rendered homeless. The municipal authorities have so far failed to carry out a genuine consultation to identify adequate alternative housing.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/5937/2017
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Rwanda: Detained pregnant wife of activist to appear in court

British national Violette Uwamahoro, the pregnant wife of a political opposition activist living in exile, who was arrested by Rwandan authorities and held incommunicado, will make her first appearance in court at a bail hearing in the capital Kigali tomorrow, said Amnesty International. Violette Uwamahoro, who lives in the UK with her two children, disappeared in Kigali on 14 February. She had returned to the country to attend her father’s funeral.

Date:
21 March 2017
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Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro

A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL) was sentenced on Monday 20 March, his wife told Amnesty International.

Date:
21 March 2017
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  • Maldives
  • Press Freedom

Maldives: Alarming crackdown on protests and media ahead of Saudi Arabian King’s visit

The Maldives authorities have launched a troubling crackdown on peaceful protests and media workers ahead of a visit by the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, which was meant to take place this week. Although the King’s visit has been postponed indefinitely, Amnesty International urges the Maldives government to respect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and to not suppress public debate about any development plans in the country.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 29/5925/2017
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“Although the distance is painful our hope must persist”

21 March marks Mother’s Day in much of the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia. For the mothers of Abdullah al-Zaher, Dawood al-Marhoon, Ali al-Nimr and Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, four young Saudi Arabian men who were arrested as minors and sentenced to death after grossly unfair trials based on “confessions” they say were extracted under torture, Mother’s Day is a day of heartache. But it is also yet another day of hope and prayer for their sons’ release.

Date:
21 March 2017
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  • Sudan
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sudan: Criminalization of human rights work threatens protection of freedoms

Three Sudanese human rights defenders were released from jail on 6 March after paying a fine of 50,000 Sudanese Pounds (about 7,700 US dollars) each. Khalafalla Al-Afif Mukhtar, Midhat A. Hamdan and Mustafa Adam had been sentenced to one year in jail and a fine, but were released after nine months on time served after paying the exorbitant fines. The crimes they were found guilty of? Two of them were convicted of dissemination of false information and one for espionage.

Date:
21 March 2017
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Colombia: Spike in attacks against peace community shows conflict still alive

An unabated wave of threats, killings and forced displacement of hundreds of peaceful villagers in north-western Colombia is a frightening illustration that the armed conflict is far from over, months after a peace accord was signed, warned Amnesty International on the 20th anniversary of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. “Alarmingly, in large parts of Colombia, the armed conflict is as alive as ever.

Date:
21 March 2017