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Dominican Republic: Further information: Urge Congress to decriminalize abortion

In May 2017, the Dominican Senate voted to reject the President’s recommendations to decriminalize abortion. The President’s recommendations are now being discussed by the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, which is expected to vote on the recommendations soon. If the Chamber also rejects the President’s recommendations, the Dominican Republic’s Criminal Code will continue to violate the rights of women and girls.

Date:
23 June 2017
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AMR 27/6573/2017
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Mexico: human rights defenders and journalists should be protected against illegal surveillance

Responding to a NYT’s article that disclosed the use of software to spy on Mexican journalists and human rights defenders, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said: “This new chilling evidence confirms that Mexican journalists and human rights defenders are a target of illegal practices designed to interfere and hinder their work. These findings are consistent with Amnesty International's previous research and show a clear pattern of illegal use of technology in an attempt to control any criticism against those in power.

Date:
19 June 2017
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Negotiations in Miami must not treat Central American asylum seekers as bargaining chips

Today in Miami, the governments of US and Mexico are putting aside their well-publicized tensions of recent months and co-hosting a conference on security and governance in Central America´s Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, from where thousands of people flee extreme violence to seek asylum in the US and Mexico. Seeing the United States and Mexico in front of the cameras as happy co-hosts sparks a number of questions.

Date:
15 June 2017
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USA-Mexico: Trump’s border crackdown pushes refugees into dangerous limbo

An already dangerous journey for tens of thousands of refugees has become deadlier thanks to President Trump’s Executive Order on border control and immigration as well as entrenched reckless practices in Mexico, Amnesty International said in a new report based on intensive investigations on both sides of the border. Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s violation of the rights of asylum seekers explores the catastrophic impact of a catalogue of new policies and ongoing practices that result in unlawful push-backs of asylum seekers at the USA-Mexico border, and threaten to unlawfully lock up thousands more families, including babies and children, in immigration detention centres in the USA.

Date:
15 June 2017
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Americas: Facing walls: USA and Mexico's violations of the rights of asylum-seekers

Hundreds of thousands of people flee extreme violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala each year and seek asylum in Mexico and the United States. This briefing analyses the harsh effect that President Donald Trump's Executive Order on border security will have on these people, as well as the complicit role that the Mexican government plays in pushing people back to danger. Beyond a physical wall, there are a number of inhumane walls that exist and violate international law, including increasing detention of asylum seekers and families, and violations of the non-refoulement principle that effectively return helpless people to life threatening situations.

Date:
15 June 2017
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AMR 01/6426/2017
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Americas: Human rights in the Americas: Challenges and opportunities at a time of regression

Amnesty International believes it is essential to make human rights a crosscutting priority of public policy in the Americas if we are to address the central theme of this XLVII General Assembly, which is: “Strengthening Dialogue and Concertation for Prosperity”. Amnesty International believes, however, that the serious social and economic gaps, gaps in participation, in access to justice and in the exercise of human rights that are still prevalent in the region, from north to south, are undoubtedly one of the main causes of the suffering and abuse faced by millions of the continent’s inhabitants.

Date:
12 June 2017
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AMR 01/6479/2017
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Mexico/Guatemala: Hundreds stranded at Mexico-Guatemala border

Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

Date:
8 June 2017
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AMR 01/6462/2017
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Dominican Republic: Horrifying killing of transgender woman highlights need for protection against discrimination

The horrifying killing of a transgender woman in the Dominican Republic – the second such killing this year and 38th since 2006 – highlights the extreme violence faced by many transgender women in the country and the need for strengthened legal protection for discriminated groups, said Amnesty International. “The grotesque killing of Jessica Rubi Mori is a tragic reminder that the Dominican authorities need to take bolder steps to eradicate discrimination, including that based on gender identity and sexual orientation,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director for Amnesty International.

Date:
6 June 2017
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Venezuela: Authorities’ militarization of crisis escalates violence and promotes fear

The increased deployment of military forces to repress protests, the rise in excessive use of force against protesters and others, and the use of military courts to try to silence dissenting voices illustrates a terrifying shift of the Venezuelan authorities’ approach to the human rights crisis wreaking havoc across the country, Amnesty International said after at least 60 people were killed in protests in the past 60 days.

Date:
2 June 2017
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Colombia: violence against protestors in Buenaventura Civic Strike must stop

The Colombian government must halt its excessive use of force against protestors taking part in the general strike in Buenaventura, Amnesty International said today. “Instead of trying to silence the communities of Buenaventura, the Colombian authorities should protect residents and focus on responding to their demands given the critical levels of violence and exclusion suffered by the people who live in Colombia’s Pacific region,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s Americas Programme Director.

Date:
1 June 2017
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Dominican Republic: Vote against decriminalization of abortion, a betrayal to women

In reaction to news that the Senate of the Dominican Republic voted against a proposal that could have decriminalized abortion in certain circumstances, Amnesty International’s Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas said: “The Dominican senate just wasted a huge opportunity to be on the right side of history. ” “This shameful vote against the decriminalization of abortion does nothing but put the health and lives of millions of women at risk.

Date:
1 June 2017