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Iraq: Civilians killed by airstrikes in their homes after they were told not to flee Mosul

Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), said Amnesty International. Survivors and eyewitnesses in East Mosul said they did not try to flee as the battle got underway because they received repeated instructions from the Iraqi authorities to remain in their homes.

Date:
28 March 2017
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  • Refugees

How to stir up a refugee crisis in five steps, Trump style

The sight of one of the most infamous borders on earth – roughly 1,000 kilometers of porous metal fencedividing lives, hopes and dreams between the USA and Mexico, is undoubtedly overwhelming, but not in the way we expected it to be. While it has been one of the most talked about issues since last year’s USA election campaign, the stretch of land that separates the USA and Mexico now lies eerily quiet.

Date:
28 March 2017
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South Sudan: Release all people arbitrarily detained amid the conflict

South Sudanese authorities must release all people detained without charge by the security agencies, including 28 men currently held at the headquarters of the national intelligence agency in the capital Juba, said Amnesty International’s Secretary General today in an open letter to President Salva Kiir. The call comesafter the president publicly pledged to release all political detainees. “Hundreds of people, mostly men, have been arrested without charge by security agents and held in torturous conditions for long periods of time, since the conflict began more than three years ago.

Date:
28 March 2017
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Fiji: Drop politically-motivated sedition charges against The Fiji Times

The Fijian authorities must immediately drop politically-motivated sedition charges against The Fiji Times newspaper group, Amnesty International said today. “By charging the Fiji Times with sedition, the Fijian authorities are using a crude tactic to intimidate and silence one of the few independent media outlets left in the country,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
27 March 2017
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Russia: Navalny jailed and hundreds arrested in violent clampdown

Russian opposition leader, Aleksei Navalny, and all the peaceful protesters detained after the mass demonstrations across Russia on Sunday, must be immediately released, said Amnesty International, after he was today sentenced to 15 days in jail. “By detaining hundreds of protesters, the Russian authorities have demonstrated their profound disdain for the right to freedom of expression and assembly,” said Sergei Nikitin, Director of Amnesty International Russia.

Date:
27 March 2017
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Rwanda: Come clean about fate of missing activist Illuminée Iragena

One year after her sudden and suspicious disappearance, the Rwandan authorities must reveal the fate of nurse and opposition activist Illuminée Iragena, Amnesty International said today. Illuminée Iragena, a member of the unregistered opposition political party United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi), went missing on 26 March 2016 on her way to work as a nurse at the King Faisal Hospital in the country’s capital Kigali.

Date:
26 March 2017
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Belarus: Vicious crackdown on peaceful protests mars ‘Freedom Day’

Belarusian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested before and during peaceful protests and end their vicious crackdown against demonstrators, Amnesty International said after dozens of ‘Freedom Day’ demonstrators were violently arrested and human rights observers detained. Amnesty International’s monitors witnessed the arrest of dozens of peaceful protesters at demonstrations in Minsk, and saw instances of excessive use of force by the police.

Date:
25 March 2017
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Libya: Mass drowning highlights European governments’ shameful failure to protect refugees and migrants

Responding to reports that more than 200 people may have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, said: “The latest tragedy on this deadly crossing highlights the shameful failure of European governments to address the global refugee crisis. It is clear that putting up walls and fences is not deterring desperate people from trying to reach safety – it is simply putting more lives in peril and filling the pockets of smugglers.

Date:
24 March 2017
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Time for humankind to create a new reality

Donald Trump had barely spent a month in the White House when his administration began translating his divisive campaign rhetoric into policy. Targeting people for their faith, his administration issued executive orders banning the entry of citizens from half a dozen Muslim majority countries. At a stroke of a pen, by curbing travel from countries which suffer war and strife and shutting down the US refugee resettlement program, the USA imperiled its storied tradition of welcoming refugees from across the world.

Date:
24 March 2017
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  • Discrimination

Myanmar: Fact-finding mission welcome, urgently needed, overdue

An internationally mandated fact-finding mission to look at human rights violations in Myanmar is welcome, urgently needed and long overdue, Amnesty International said today. “The announcement of an independent international fact-finding mission to look into human rights violations in Myanmar is long overdue. After the Myanmar government’s failure to establish a credible investigation into the security forces’ crimes against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State, there is an urgent need for a team of international experts examine alleged violations there, in Kachin and in northern Shan State,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
24 March 2017
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The world faces a historic opportunity to ban nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are once again high on the international agenda, and experts note that the risk of a nuclear detonation is the highest since the Cold War. As global tensions, uncertainty and risks of conflict rise amongst nuclear-armed states, nuclear weapons are treated as sabres to rattle, further heightening the risks of intentional or inadvertent use. Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created.

Date:
24 March 2017
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Mexico: "Open season" on journalists as third reporter killed in a month

The killing of the third journalist in a month in Mexico raises new alarms about the state of free expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Miroslava Breach, a reporter for La Jornada and el Norte de Juarez, was shot dead while she was in her car outside her home in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Miroslava was known for reporting on issues including organised crime and drug trafficking.

Date:
24 March 2017
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Sierra Leone: One dead, two seriously injured as security forces open fire on protesting students

The security forces killed one person and seriously injured at least two others as they opened fire on protesting students in the city of Bo today, Amnesty International said. “This bloodshed and loss of young life is a tragedy and suggests a heavy handed response by the security forces to a student protest,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International West Africa researcher. “We urge the police to refrain from committing human rights violations and instead allow the students to safely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
23 March 2017
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Pluralism and the struggle for justice and equality in Indonesia

It is an honour to have been asked to give this year’s Yap Thiam Hien human rights lecture. And I should begin by acknowledging both the importance of his work and the relevance of the example he set. At a time when many people around the world are facing surveillance, arrest, attack and even killings for standing up for their rights, it is very good to honour the memory of a man who was uncompromising in his fight for rights and justice.

Date:
23 March 2017
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Papua New Guinea: Sorcery killings trial is a chance for justice

Responding to the trial in Papua New Guinea of 122 people charged with more than seven killings in 2014 of people accused of sorcery, Champa Patel, Amnesty International said: "For far too long, the killings of women accused of sorcery in Papua New Guinea have gone unpunished. They have often faced beatings, burnings and even public executions as the authorities have failed to act. This new trial is a chance to break with that tradition of impunity, if they are given fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Date:
23 March 2017
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Evidence points to war crimes by Libyan National Army forces

Shocking video evidence has emerged showing fighters from the Libyan National Army (LNA) carrying out execution-style killings of captured fighters from the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries (SCBR) in the Ganfouda area of Benghazi, said Amnesty International. The two separate incidents may amount to war crimes, adding to the long list of crimes under international law that have been committed with impunity by armed groups and militias in both Western and Eastern Libya.

Date:
23 March 2017