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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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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

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
Ref:
AMR 01/6479/2017
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Alicia Keys and the Indigenous rights movement in Canada receive Amnesty International award

Celebrated global music artist and activist Alicia Keys and the inspirational movement of Indigenous Peoples fighting for their rights in Canada have been honoured with the 2017 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at an evening ceremony in Montreal, Canada. The award is the organization’s highest honour for human rights work. This is the first time the award was given to a Canadian recipient.

Date:
27 May 2017
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Honduras: justice on the tightrope

In Honduras, justice is now not even a distant mirage. On 23 May, for the third time, the Tegucigalpa Criminal Court postponed the preliminary hearing into the murder of the human rights defender and Lenca leader, Berta Cáceres. The court accepted the request of the lawyers of the family and defender Gustavo Castro, the only survivor of the attack in which Berta Cáceres was killed on 2 March 2016, to postpone the preliminary hearing in the trial of four of the eight people accused of involvement in the crime to 7 June.

Date:
26 May 2017
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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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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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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

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
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

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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  • Americas
  • 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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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

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