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Nicaragua: Authorities threaten protest against construction of canal

For several hours yesterday, Nicaraguan police officers prevented communities from participating in a peaceful march against the construction of the Interoceanic Grand Canal in Nicaragua. The march, organised by the National Council in Defence of our Land, Lake and Sovereignty, was the 91st protest against the project which will affect thousands of people. The renowned human rights defender Bianca Jagger also participated in the massive demonstration.

Date:
16 August 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Business and Human Rights

Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction

The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal and other side projects that will affect the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people and might leave many homeless. Danger: Rights for sale. The Interoceanic Grand Canal project in Nicaragua and the erosion of human rights reveals how the obscure legal framework that led to the concession of the project, without genuine consultation with all affected communities, violates a catalogue of national and international standards on human rights and might lead to the forced eviction of hundreds of families.

Date:
3 August 2017
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  • Armed Conflict

Still no peace in San José de Apartadó

San José de Apartadó has historically been hit hard by violence resulting from the armed conflict in Colombia. Despite having lived through terrible events, including forced displacement, targeted killings, raids by illegal armed actors and other grave human rights violations, the people of San José de Apartadó have provided an example of peaceful resistance to being drawn into the Colombian armed conflict.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Arbitrary detentions in Mexico: ‘We never thought this could happen to us’

The phone rang at four in the afternoon, exactly as scheduled. The ringing heightened the tension in the small living room of the 1950s house in Mexico City. “Will you accept a call from the West Federal Prison?” said the voice at the end of the line. “Yes, of course. Yes, I will,” Blanca responded, visibly nervous, as if she hadn’t done this before. But Blanca Aviña Guerrero has done this many times before.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Argentina
  • Indigenous People

Argentina: Regressive human rights policies

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about the regressive policies adopted on migrants’ rights, the continued criminalization of abortion, and shortcomings in the national human rights institution. Amnesty International also raises concerns about the threats of detention of irregular migrants, obstacles in accessing legal abortion, violence against women, violations of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and increased criminalization of Indigenous leaders and human rights defenders, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and impunity for past crimes.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 13/6772/2017
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  • Peru
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Peru: Nothing to celebrate: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about weaknesses in the Ombudsperson function, outstanding ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and inadequate legislation to protect Indigenous Peoples’ right to land. Amnesty International also raises concerns about impunity for past human rights violations, obstacles in the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive rights, persistent discrimination against LGBTI persons, violent repression of social protests by the security forces, and attacks against human rights defenders.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 46/6624/2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Guatemala: Stop criminalizing defenders!

A year since the acquittal of seven human rights defenders working on the rights to water and territory in Huehuetenango of baseless charges, Amnesty International remains concerned about the continued misuse of the justice system to silence and intimidate human rights defenders in Guatemala. This follow-up report, Guatemala: Stop Criminalizing Defenders!, examines what steps have been taken to implement recommendations made to the Guatemalan authorities aimed at curbing misuse of the justice system against human rights defenders and ensuring their protection.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6212/2017
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  • Women and Girls

Chile: Deputies must use historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion

The Chilean Chamber of Deputies has an historic opportunity to put the country on the right side of human rights, Amnesty International said ahead of a debate today on the potential decriminalization of abortion under three circumstances. Late last night, the Chilean Senate passed a bill to decriminalize abortion under three circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, and in cases of lethal foetal impairment, “Chile is finally taking a step away from the small number of countries that still expose women and girls to terrible suffering due to the cruel and draconian laws and policies that violate their human right to make free choices about their own bodies, health and lives,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Guatemala
  • Justice Systems

Guatemala: Major human rights challenges still pending: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International is concerned that the process to reform the Constitution appears to have stalled and so has the establishment of the National Commission for the Search for Victims of Enforced and Other Forms of Disappearance. Amnesty International also raises concerns about continued impunity for past crimes, lack of independence of the judiciary, violence against women, attacks on human rights defenders, a surge in asylum applications by Guatemalans worldwide, and the death penalty.

Date:
19 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6554/2017