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Angola: New government must consign to history the brutal suppression of human rights

The next president of Angola must guide the country out of the spiral of oppression that tainted the brutal 37-year reign of outgoing President José Eduardo dos Santos, Amnesty International said today as Angolans prepared to vote for a new leader. The country goes to the polls on 23 August to elect a successor to Dos Santos, whose rule has been characterized by repeated attacks on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

Date:
21 August 2017
  • Research
  • Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - Written Stament to 36th Session of the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 sets out concrete steps to ensuring truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence for human rights violations and abuses. Council resolution 34/1 requested the Government “to implement fully the measures identified by the Council in its resolution 30/1 that are outstanding. ” This written statement provides an assessment of Sri Lanka’s progress in delivering on its human rights obligations, and implementation of resolution 30/1.

Date:
21 August 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6975/2017
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Chile: Partial decriminalization of abortion, an important win for human rights

A decision by Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal today to support the decriminalization of abortion under three circumstances represents an important win for human rights and for the protection of the lives and health of women and girls across the country, Amnesty International said. Today’s ruling confirms that Chile’s Constitution allows for the decriminalization of abortion when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, and in cases of fatal foetal impairment.

Date:
21 August 2017
  • Research
  • Africa

South Sudan - Written Statement to the 36th session of the Human Rights Council

Amnesty International has documented serious human rights violations and abuses, as well as crimes under international law, committed by Government and opposition forces in South Sudan during field research conducted between October 2016 and June 2017. This document provides a summary of the key findings of four reports published on the basis of that field research in June and July 2017.

Date:
21 August 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6966/2017
  • Article

USA: Florida set to conduct its first execution in a year and a half

Ahead of a planned resumption of executions in Florida on 24 August, 18 months after the last one, Amnesty International is issuing a paper on recent developments relating to the death penalty in the US state. “Death in Florida” outlines the state’s response to the January 2016 US Supreme Court decision that Florida’s capital sentencing law was unconstitutional, and the governor’s reaction to a prosecutor’s subsequent decision to reject the death penalty.

Date:
21 August 2017
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Human Rights Council must urge Myanmar to cooperate fully with Fact-Finding Mission Amnesty International’s written statement to the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council (11 – 29 September 2017)

Although the Human Rights Council established the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar in March 2017, the human rights and security situation remain deeply concerning across much of the country. The Government of Myanmar, continues to reject the establishment of the UN Fact-Finding Mission and has repeatedly stated that it will not allow investigators into the country. In this written statement Amnesty International urges the Council to call on the Government to cooperate fully with the Mission and allow it unfettered access to all parts of the country and to ensure that, in line with its mandate, the Fact-Finding Mission investigates human rights violations and abuses throughout Myanmar.

Date:
21 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6970/2017
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  • Death Penalty

USA: Death in Florida

In March 2017, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida, responded to a State Attorney’s decision not to pursue the death penalty because of its demonstrable flaws by ordering her replacement with a prosecutor willing to engage in this lethal pursuit. Since then the governor has transferred 27 capital murder cases to his preferred prosecutor. Two of these cases have already resulted in juries voting for death sentences.

Date:
21 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6736/2017
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  • UN

United States of America: arbitrary detention remains embedded in immigration, civil and military detention systems - Written statement to HRC36

Amnesty International welcomes the preliminary findings of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on its visit to the United States of America (USA) in October 2016. 1 This written statement focuses on Amnesty International’s concerns regarding mandatory detention, the detention bed mandate, confinement of pregnant women and the Guantánamo Bay detention centre.

Date:
20 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6962/2017
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Kenya: Life turned upside down by excessive use of force by the police in Mathare

Kenya held its second General Elections under the 2010 Constitution and sixth since the introduction of multiparty politics on 8 August 2017. The election was closely contested. The two major political formations that contested the elections were: the ruling Jubilee Party, headed by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, both seeking a second term; and the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA), led by Raila Odinga, with Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate.

Date:
18 August 2017
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Yemen: Activist detained by Huthi-Saleh forces must be freed

Yemen’s Huthi-Saleh forces must immediately and unconditionally release a leading political activist who has been arbitrarily detained in the capital Sana’a since 14 August without access to a lawyer or his family, Amnesty International has said. Hisham al-Omeisy, 38, was arbitrarily detained at approximately 2. 45pm on 14 August in Jawlat al-Misbahi, south Sana’a, when approximately 15 armed security officers from the National Security Bureau (NSB) took him away.

Date:
18 August 2017
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  • South Africa
  • Justice Systems

South Africa must reassert commitment to human rights as it prepares to lead SADC

South Africa must take a strong lead in addressing ongoing threats to basic human rights across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Amnesty International said ahead of the 37th Heads of State Summit in Pretoria. The country takes over from Swaziland as chair of the regional bloc at a time when several member states – including Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Zimbabwe – face major political instability linked to elections that has put freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association in jeopardy.

Date:
18 August 2017
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  • Migrants

USA: Further information: Four families ordered released from detention

On 17 August, four-year-old Carlos and 16-year-old Michael along with their mothers, Lorena and Maribel (all names changed to protect their identities), were ordered released from Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania by an immigration judge after nearly 700 days in detention. This follows the release of two other young boys and their mothers held in Berks for over 22 months on 7 and 14 August.

Date:
18 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6963/2017
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Hong Kong: “Vindictive” jail terms for pro-democracy leaders

The Hong Kong authorities’ relentless pursuit of jail terms for three leaders of the pro-democracy movement is a vindictive attack on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said. On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal handed Joshua Wong, Alex Chow and Nathan Law between six and eight months in prison for their roles in a demonstration that helped spark the city’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.

Date:
17 August 2017