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Fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo causes humanitarian tragedy

Fighting continues on several fronts in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo despite a unilateral ceasefire declared by the armed group, the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), on 29 October. The CNDP's offensive in October forced a routed government army and hundreds of thousands of civilians down roads towards the provincial capital, Goma. More than 250,000 people have so far fled the ongoing violence, bringing the total number of displaced people in the province to at least 1.

Date:
11 November 2008
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  • Killings and Disappearances

Europe urged to protect Guantanamo detainees who cannot be returned home

Five human rights groups have called on European governments to provide humanitarian protection to Guantánamo detainees who will not be charged with any crime but who cannot be returned to their country of origin for fear of torture or other human rights violations. Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights Watch, Reprieve and the International Federation for Human Rights urged governments to accept Guantanamo detainees into their countries and ensure they are provided with adequate support.

Date:
11 November 2008
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New bill a major step backwards for human rights in Peru

A new bill introduced in Peru's Congress could, if approved, grant amnesty to alleged perpetrators of human rights violations. The bill would grant amnesty to members of the military and police involved in any violations of human rights committed in the case of Chavín de Huántar – the 1997 military operation to end the Japanese embassy hostage crisis. Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General said: "If approved, this bill would be a major step backwards for the rule of law in Peru as it would effectively grant impunity for individuals who could be responsible for human rights violations".

Date:
10 November 2008
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  • Chile
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Amnesty International assesses human rights in Chile

Concluding a one-week visit to Chile on Friday, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Irene Khan issued an assessment of the human rights situation in the country and a set of recommendations addressed to the Chilean government. "Despite some positive steps taken by successive democratic governments in the last 18 years, Chile’s record on human rights leaves much room for improvement," said Ms.

Date:
7 November 2008
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  • Zimbabwe
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WOZA activists released on bail in Zimbabwe

The leaders of Zimbabwean activist movement, Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), have been released on bail after three weeks in detention. Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu were each granted bail by the Bulawayo High Court on Wednesday. The two women were ordered to report to their closest police station twice a week and not travel outside of a 40km radius of Bulawayo Post Office without written permission from a Magistrate.

Date:
6 November 2008
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President-elect Obama: 100 days to demonstrate commitment to human rights

The election of Barack Obama to the US presidency opens new opportunities for an end to the seven-year assault on human rights by the US administration. Amnesty International urged US President-elect Obama to make human rights central to his new administration on Wednesday. The organization is calling for certain concrete steps in his first 100 days in office that would demonstrate a genuine commitment to bringing the USA into line with its international obligations.

Date:
5 November 2008
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Amnesty International visits indigenous communities in Chile

Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan led a visit to Temuco in central Chile on Tuesday 4 November, as part of a mission to assess the country's human rights situation. The Secretary General met Mapuche communities and organizations working to protect the rights of indigenous peoples. Talking about her visit, she said "we came to Temuco to listen to the people, to look at how their dignity is threatened by the exclusion, discrimination and abuse of human rights.

Date:
5 November 2008
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Gaza ceasefire at risk

A spate of Israeli and Palestinian attacks and counter-attacks in the past 24 hours could spell the end of a five-and-a-half-month ceasefire. This would once again put the civilian populations of Gaza and southern Israel in the line of fire. The killing of six Palestinian militants in Gaza by Israeli forces in a ground incursion and air strikes on 4 November was followed by a barrage of dozens of Palestinian rockets on nearby towns and villages in the south of Israel.

Date:
5 November 2008
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Landslide UN vote in favour of developing an Arms Trade Treaty

One hundred and forty-seven states voted overwhelmingly at the United Nations on Friday to move forward with work on the main elements of an Arms Trade Treaty. Only two countries voted against – the USA and Zimbabwe. "This big UN vote moves the world closer to an Arms Trade Treaty that could include respect for human rights at its heart," said Brian Wood from Amnesty International. "That is the only way such a treaty can really help stop the widespread carnage and abuse from armed violence.

Date:
4 November 2008
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  • Chile
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Amnesty International visits Chile 10 years after Pinochet arrest

Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan is leading a mission to Chile to assess the country’s human rights situation. This visit coincides with the tenth anniversary of the arrest of Augusto Pinochet in London and with the 25th anniversary of Amnesty International's section in Chile. The first Amnesty International Secretary General to visit Chile, Martin Ennals, travelled to Santiago in 1978.

Date:
4 November 2008
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  • Pakistan
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Legacy of Musharraf abuses lingers on in Pakistan

Pakistan is still suffering from the abusive policies put in place one year ago Monday, when General Pervez Musharraf unlawfully declared a state of emergency. General Musharraf sacked 60 judges of the higher judiciary, suspended the Constitution, including the human rights protection it guaranteed, and replaced it with the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) on 3 November 2007. The new civilian government took office after general elections in February 2008, but a spokesperson for Amnesty International said that it has not done enough to improve the country’s human rights situation since then.

Date:
3 November 2008
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Japan urged to restore dignity to WWII "comfort women"

The UN Human Rights Committee has called on the Government of the Japan to restore dignity to the survivors of Japan’s military sexual slavery system. The UN Human Rights Committee issued its concluding observations and recommendations to the Government of Japan on Thursday, expressing "concern that the State party [Japan] has still not accepted its responsibility for the 'comfort women' system during World War II.

Date:
3 November 2008
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  • Indonesia
  • Justice Systems

Bali bombers to face firing squad

Three men convicted of involvement in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, which killed 202 people and injured a further 209, are to be executed in early November. The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Indonesian Attorney General's office on 24 October. Amrozi bin H Nurhasyim, his brother Ali Ghufron and Imam Samudera, were sentenced to death by the Denpasar District Court in 2003. They were convicted for their part in three bombs which exploded in two nightclubs on the Indonesian island on 12 October 2002.

Date:
31 October 2008
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  • Egypt
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Egyptian association for torture victims wins court case against closure

A Cairo Administrative Court rescinded the government’s decision to dissolve the Association for Human rights and Legal Aid (AHRLA) on 26 October 2008. This followed an appeal by the association. The court ruling found the government’s decision to be legally groundless and reinstated AHRLA. Tariq Khater, Director of AHRLA said to Amnesty International that “despite its delay, the court’s decision is a clear message from the State Council [Maglis ad-Dawla] to the Egyptian government to respect the work of civil society associations and not to use administrative and legal proceedings to obstruct their work”.

Date:
31 October 2008
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  • Liberia
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Chuckie Taylor convicted of torture

Chuckie Taylor, son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, was found guilty of torture and related crimes by a US court on Thursday 30 October. Taylor could face between 20 years to life imprisonment for the crimes he committed in Liberia, while serving as the head of the former Liberian President's Anti Terrorist Unit (ATU). These include the use of electric shocks on the genitals, burning victims with cigarettes and hot irons and melting plastic and rubbing salt into wounds.

Date:
31 October 2008