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Saudi Arabia: Trump visit risks giving green light to violations of human rights

As US President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign visit to attend the Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia, counter terrorism and security will dominate his discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The President is also expected to unveil a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The glaring absence of human rights from Trump’s agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled on large part by US arms transfers, said Amnesty International.

Date:
19 May 2017
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  • Killings and Disappearances

Tricks of the trade? Open season on journalists in Mexico

The tragic news of the brutal murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas, a Mexican journalist renowned for his fearless reporting of the drug war wreaking havoc across Mexico, has sent shockwaves through the country. His journalism was particularly well-known in his home town of Culiacán, in Sinaloa. There, thousands of people are virtual hostages of a war between ruthless drug cartels and a government that is at best, unable to protect its people and, at worse, in collusion with those it claims to be fighting against.

Date:
19 May 2017
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Chile: Closure of investigation into crimes against Mapuche leader puts Indigenous Peoples at risk

The closure of the investigation into the alleged crimes of abduction and torture reported by the Mapuche leader Víctor Queipul Hueiquil sends a dangerous message to human rights defenders in the country, Amnesty International said today. The Temuco Public Prosecutors Office announced today that it will close the case of Víctor Queipul Hueiquil, a Ionko (leader) of the Autonomous Community of Temucuicui, because they have been unable to identify those allegedly responsible for his detention from approximately 8pm on 14 June 2016 until 4am the following day.

Date:
17 May 2017
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  • Africa
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Why we need to stand up for the brave – now, more than ever

Recent attacks on human rights defenders across the world show the urgent need for Amnesty’s new campaign. A few days ago, on 10 May, a courageous Mexican mother and human rights defender, Miriam Rodriguez, was shot 12 times and killed in her home in Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. Miriam had been campaigning tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible of abducting and killing her 14-year-old daughter Karen, and became a leading activist searching for others who have been disappeared in the country.

Date:
17 May 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Americas: State protection mechanisms for human rights defenders

In the Americas, several countries have established national protection mechanisms as a measure to guarantee the safety of human rights defenders as well as other groups at risk, such as journalists, trade unionists and justice operators, among others. The purpose of this brief document is to present Amnesty International’s assessment of the implementation of the national mechanisms in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 01/6211/2017
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Mexico: Killing of activist in Tamaulipas highlights government negligence

The killing of an activist leading the search for her daughter and thousands of others in Tamaulipas, Mexico, reveals the danger which those searching for the more than 30,000 disappeared persons in the country face every day, said Amnesty International. Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez was killed on the night of 10 May in the state of Tamaulipas in northern Mexico. Miriam was known for her work with groups searching for the disappeared, organizations made up primarily of relatives of victims of enforced disappearance and disappearance at the hands of non-state actors.

Date:
11 May 2017
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Nicaragua: the state must uphold, without delay, the judgement issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

On 28 April 2017 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights served notice of the judgement on the case of Acosta et. al. v. Nicaragua, determining the international responsibility of the state of Nicaragua for the violation of the right to access to justice and truth suffered by the human rights defender María Luisa Acosta following the murder of her husband Francisco García Valle.

Date:
4 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 43/6173/2017
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Peru: Peruvian authorities put an end to the criminalization of defender Máxima Acuña

The ruling of the Supreme Court of Peru marking the end of the trial for land invasion against the human rights defender Máxima Acuña Atalaya is a landmark decision for environmental defenders in the country, Amnesty International said today. After almost five years of proceedings in relation to unfounded criminal charges of land invasion, the Supreme Court of Justice ruled that there was no reason to pursue the groundless trial of the defender for land invasion.

Date:
3 May 2017
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Peru: Postponement of ruling on Acuña’s case, new attempt to block her work

The decision of the Peruvian Supreme Court to postpone the ruling on the case against human rights defender Máxima Acuña is the latest attempt by the authorities to obstruct her legitimate work to defend the environment, said Amnesty International. The Peruvian Supreme Court was due to issue a decision today on the spurious charges of land invasion against Máxima Acuña Atalaya. The ruling was postponed until 3 May after the tribunal informed that some of the judges had not had enough time to reach a decision.

Date:
12 April 2017
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  • Haiti
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Haiti: Human rights defenders' lives in danger

Human rights defenders David Boniface and Juders Ysemé fear for their lives following the sudden death of their colleague, Nissage Martyr, one day after service of a lawsuit filed by the three men in the US for grave human rights violations against Jean Morose Viliena, the former mayor of their hometown in Haiti. The men have reported repeated death threats and attacks from the former mayor since 2007, and must be provided adequate protection.

Date:
12 April 2017
Ref:
AMR 36/6045/2017
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Cuba: Further information: Prisoner of conscience siblings released

A family of four human rights defenders were arrested in Holguín, south-east Cuba, following the death of Fidel Castro. The three siblings, who began a hunger strike on 7 March, have been set free under conditional release. Their mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, currently under house arrest, remains a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
AMR 25/6012/2017
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Venezuela must protect human rights defenders and end impunity for past human rights violations

Human rights defenders in Venezuela continue to face intimidation and harassment as they carry out their legitimate activities. Many states made recommendations to guarantee freedom of expression and assembly and to ensure a free and enabling environment for civil society. Although Venezuela accepted most of the recommendations on freedom of expression, recent events demonstrate continuing challenges, for example recently CNN was removed from the cable television.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
AMR 53/6022/2017