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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
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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
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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
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USA: Commutation for Chelsea Manning, long overdue positive step for human rights

Organization Demands Full Investigation into Information Exposed and Stronger Protections for Whistleblowers With less than a week left in his term, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning today. Manning had been serving a 35-year sentence in a maximum security prison after releasing information that pointed to potential crimes under international law and human rights violations by the U.

Date:
17 January 2017
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As world prepares for Trump, leaders at Davos must reject politics of fear and division

As political and business leaders gather at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, the heads of six of the world’s largest campaigning organizations have called on them to immediately and urgently repudiate narratives of fear, division and blame, and recommit themselves to working together towards a free, just, sustainable and equitable world. In a joint statement released days before Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States, the leaders of Amnesty International, Avaaz, Greenpeace International, International Trade Union Confederation, Oxfam International, and Transparency International have strongly condemned the new climate of permissiveness for hate crimes and discrimination which has arisen in numerous countries.

Date:
16 January 2017
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Brazil: More than 120 killings in 16 days signals national prison crisis

Brazil’s chaotic prison system is facing crisis with more than 120 inmate deaths reported since 1 January 2017, Amnesty International said today after the confirmation of a further 26 killings inside Alcaçuz prision, Rio Grande do Norte state. More than 120 government prison inmates have been killed in the past 16 days during riots in the northern and northeastern states of Amazonas, Roraima and now, Rio Grande do Norte.

Date:
16 January 2017
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Mexico: Congress to vote on regressive torture bill

The Mexican lower house of Congress has finalized its version of a General Law on Torture. This version of the bill has key amendments that, if passed, would increase impunity for torture and undermine access to justice in relation to torture complaints. The Congress resumes on 1 February and the bill is listed for voting by the full Chamber of Deputies.

Date:
16 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 41/5476/2017
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Brazil: Further information: Twenty-six killed after prison riots spread

Twenty-six men were killed and nine others severely injured in Alcaçuz prison in Rio Grande do Norte state, following the spread of riots and conflicts between criminal gangs in northern Brazilian prisons. Authorities must immediately investigate the killings and implement measures to prevent further possible riots and killings in the prison system.

Date:
16 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 19/5508/2017
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Venezuela: Detentions on the rise amid “witch-hunt” against opposition

The most recent wave of arrests of leaders and members of an opposition party point to a systematic pattern of abuses against those who dare to express an opinion contrary to that of the government, Amnesty International said today. Between January 11 and 12, MP Gilber Caro, member of the opposition political party Voluntad Popular, along with council members Roniel Farias, Jorge Gonzalez and political activists Stacy Escalona and Irwin Roca, were deprived of liberty after high level authorities who linked these leaders with Lilian Tintori, wife of the prisoner of conscience Leopoldo López, publicly accused them of carrying out "terrorist activities".

Date:
13 January 2017