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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
  • Campaigns
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Philippines: Impending Arrest of Senator Politically Motivated

Amnesty International condemns the impending arrest of prominent human rights defender Senator Leila de Lima as politically motivated and is calling for all charges against her to be dropped immediately. The arrest of de Lima is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte and divert attention away from serious human rights violations in the “war on drugs. ”.

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5772/2017
  • 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
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and addressing the need for accountability for past and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations

We, the undersigned South Sudanese, regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to renew and strengthen the mandate and capacity of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (the Commission) to address the continued lack of accountability for severe, widespread and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, during the upcoming 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC).

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/5774/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Ethiopia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

The torturous fields of Ethiopia’s rehabilitation centre

Befeqadu Hailu, a member of the Zone-9 blogging group was arrested for criticizing the State of Emergency Declaration, in an interview he gave to the Voice of America. In this note, he shares what he witnessed during his stay at Awash Sebat Military Training Centre, which was turned into a rehabilitation centre for people arrested during the State of Emergency. Wakoma Tafa was planning to get married on Sunday 9 October 2016, when the police arrested him just three days before his wedding day in Alem Gena -a town 25kms west of Addis Ababa.

Date:
22 February 2017
  • News
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

The human rights violators’ playbook: how to respond to an Amnesty International report

By Anna Neistat, Amnesty International's Senior Director of Research When Amnesty International (Amnesty) released a report documenting the mass hanging of thousands of prisoners in Syria’s Saydnaya Prison, the Syrian government was put on the back foot. President Bashar al-Assad himself responded, calling our report “childish” and “biased”, and even laughed as he said he didn’t know what went on in Saydnaya as he was "in the Presidential Palace”.

Date:
22 February 2017
  • News
  • United States of America
  • Refugees

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

Amnesty International releases its Annual Report for 2016 to 2017 Risk of domino effect as powerful states backtrack on human rights commitments Salil Shetty, head of the global movement, warns that “never again” has become meaningless as states fail to react to mass atrocities Politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing “us vs them” rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, warned Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Date:
22 February 2017