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Man Missing During East Aleppo Evacuation

The fate and whereabouts of Abdulhadi Kamel remain unknown. He was last seen being driven away in an ambulance on 16 December 2016 after being injured by Syrian government forces who intercepted the evacuation convoy in which he was leaving east Aleppo. Abdulhadi Kamel, 26, went missing in western Aleppo on 16 December 2016, during the evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo. A close relative was in the convoy with Abdulhadi Kamel when Syrian government forces stopped the car and asked the men to step out.

Date:
20 January 2017
  • Research
  • Indonesia
  • Death Penalty

Indonesia: open letter on anniversary of first executions under President Widodo

On the occasion of the second anniversary of the resumption of executions under President Joko Widodo, eight organizations have written to the Indonesian authorities to bring to their attention ongoing concerns on the use of the death penalty in Indonesia. The organizations renew their calls on the country’s highest authorities to immediately establish a review of all death sentences with a view to commutation, and to establish a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty, as essential first steps towards its abolition.

Date:
20 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ACT 50/5507/2017
  • Research

Taiwan: Government must act on human rights review

The Taiwan government must demonstrate its commitment to human rights by implementing the recommendations of the international group of independent experts, Amnesty International said today. The panels of human rights experts convened by the government of Taiwan to review the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (IESCR) today released Concluding Observations and Recommendations to improve the country’s implementation of these two important human rights treaties.

Date:
20 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 38/5531/2017
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  • Americas
  • Business and Human Rights

Standing Up for Human Rights Under President Trump’s administration

On the 20th of January, the eyes of the world will be on Washington, DC as a new U. S. president takes the oath of office. Donald J. Trump and his administration will assume responsibility for upholding the laws of the land – including the United States’ obligations to protect human rights at home and abroad. However, if Trump implements his campaign rhetoric of fear and hate in US policies, there is a real risk that the vast power of the U.

Date:
20 January 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Business and Human Rights

USA: People must stand up to Trump’s anti-rights rhetoric

On the day of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty said: "We are facing what could turn into a major roll-back on hard-fought freedoms both in the USA and across the world. " "It is up to each one of us to fight President Trump’s spiteful rhetoric of discrimination, hate and xenophobia. Amnesty will resist injustice every step of the way.

Date:
20 January 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

UPR27 Amnesty International submission for the UPR of South Africa

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of South Africa in May 2017. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in the previous review of South Africa, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes a number of recommendations to address the concerns raised in this report. Despite strong guarantees on civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights which the Constitution provides, many of these rights are yet to be realized.

Date:
20 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 53/5458/2017
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  • Unlawful Detention

Iran: Dissident Iranian Cleric In Need Of Medical Care

Elderly dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Nekounam has been on hunger strike for 31 days in protest at his detention and the denial of specialized medical care by the authorities. After suffering from a stroke and heart attack while in detention, he is in extremely poor health and in urgent need of specialized medical care.

Date:
20 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/5530/2017
  • Research

Amnesty International's observations and suggestion on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' draft General Comment No. 24 on State Obligations in the Context of Business Activities

Amnesty International welcomes the opportunity to provide its observations and suggestions on the draft General Comment on State Obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Context of Business Activities (hereafter the “draft General Comment”). The present document sets out Amnesty International's observations and suggestions on the draft General Comment no 34.

Date:
20 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
IOR 40/5491/2017
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  • United States of America
  • Death Penalty

USA: Life and death decisions: President Obama commutes two death sentences. Execution in Virginia after clemency denied

On 17 January 2017, three days before leaving office after eight years in the White House, President Barack Obama commuted one military death sentence and one federal death sentence. The prisoner in each case will now serve life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. There are more than 2,800 men and women on state death rows in the USA. On 17 January 2017, Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe denied clemency for one of them.

Date:
20 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 51/5529/2017
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  • Gambia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Gambia: Adama Barrow must not forget his big promises

As Adama Barrow is scheduled to be inaugurated in Senegal this afternoon, Sabrina Mahtani Amnesty International’s West Africa Anglophone Researcher said: "Today’s inauguration ceremony of Adama Barrow is a moment to remember the risks currently faced by Gambians, and also gives an opportunity to reflect on hopes for the future”. “We must not forget the big promises Adama Barrow has made to free political prisoners, remove repressive laws, and bring Gambia back to the International Criminal Court”.

Date:
19 January 2017
  • Campaigns
  • United States of America
  • Women and Girls

Trump: The fightback starts with the Women's March

Across the world, men and women are coming together to show Donald Trump that the politics of hate will never win. He hasn’t done anything as president yet. But Donald Trump has said so much in the past that reveals shameful attitudes towards women and women’s rights. It would be easy to be disheartened. But despair is not an option. We have to seize this opportunity to stand together and stick up for human rights.

Date:
19 January 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Jamaica’s deadly police: ‘We live in constant fear’

The strength of the sun shining down on the colourful Orange Street in downtown Kingston announces lunchtime is approaching. A group of young men chat on the pavement while reggae music floats out of a small radio in a corner. Three women catch up on the morning’s events in a small but busy hair salon. Next to them, a young man vigorously cleans a stove ahead of the lunch rush. Daquan Jakson, 19, is in charge of a small restaurant that prepares lunch for many who live and work in this bustling quarter of Jamaica’s capital.

Date:
19 January 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Iran: Further information: Inhumane prison conditions need attention

Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Saeed Shirzad ended his 39-day hunger strike on 14 January after the authorities at Karaj’s Raja’i Shahr Prison made an oral promise to address his grievances about the inhumane treatment of political prisoners in the prison. He is now in need of specialized medical care.

Date:
19 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/5515/2017