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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

USA must closely scrutinize CIA deputy director’s alleged torture links

Following the Trump administration’s appointment of Gina Haspel as Deputy Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:“Reports that Gina Haspel directed the alleged CIA ‘black site’ in Thailand, at a time when detainees held there were subjected to torture and enforced disappearance, as well as a possible role in the destruction of evidence of such crimes under international law, raise extremely serious concerns.

Date:
3 February 2017
  • Research
  • Americas
  • Unlawful Detention

Venezuela: Authorities must ensure that human rights violations committed by security forces are investigated and punished

In light of recent information on another possible case of arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances and the execution of 12 young people allegedly committed in the context of the so-called Operation Liberation and Protection of the People (OLP), Amnesty International urges the Venezuelan authorities to comply with their obligation to guarantee justice, truth and reparation, including a guarantee of non-recurrence, for the relatives of victims of crimes under international law and grave human rights violations.

Date:
30 November 2016
Ref:
AMR 53/5253/2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Armed Conflict

Colombia: 'No' vote a missed opportunity for peace

The rejection of the peace agreement in today’s plebiscite in Colombia is a missed opportunity for the country to finally move away from its tragic 50-year-long war, said Amnesty International. “Today will go down in history as the day Colombia turned its back to what could have been an end to a 50-year long conflict that devastated millions of lives,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
2 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Disappearances

Mexico: Further information: Demand protection for relatives of disappeared

The relative of a disappeared young man in Mexico has been assaulted and threatened in an apparent attempt to stop him and his family from campaigning on their case. In July the authorities withdrew police protection for the family, days after another relative visited Canada to campaign with Amnesty International. Existing protection measures are inadequate as they failed to prevent the latest attack.

Date:
29 September 2016
Ref:
AMR 41/4916/2016
  • Research
  • Brazil
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Wire Magazine July-September 2016: International Day of the Disappeared

From Brazilian youths who are taking to boxing as a route out of the violence sullying Rio’s Olympics, to the Nepali migrants who risk so much for a better and safer life, hope fills the pages of this edition of WIRE. Features include the results of our survey on people’s attitudes to refugees, China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers, and a special focus on 30 August, the International Day of the Disappeared.

Date:
4 July 2016
Ref:
NWS 21/4217/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Mexico
  • Disappearances

Mexico: Authorities intimidating relatives of disappeared

Public officials in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua have intimidated relatives of disappeared people and are pressuring them to allow government-chosen forensic experts to examine human remains found in the area. If carried out, these tests will make subsequent independent testing impossible. The authorities must guarantee the safety of victims and adequate protection of all forensic evidence.

Date:
11 April 2016
Ref:
AMR 41/3819/2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Justice Systems

Spain: 10,000 kilometres and 80 years for justice

When the Spanish Civil War broke out, Félix Llorente lived and worked on the railways in the Castilian town of Medina del Campo. His great-niece, Anaïs Huerta, is a filmmaker who now lives in Mexico. On 28 July 1936, Félix was detained by the authorities and brought to Medina del Campo jail, “for his record and activities”. On 15 August that year he was taken out of the jail, supposedly to be transferred to another prison, and disappeared.

Date:
29 January 2016
  • Research
  • Mexico
  • Disappearances

Mexico: Treated with indolence: The state’s response to disappearances in Mexico

In Mexico, the authorities seem equally unable to provide a coherent response at the institutional level aimed at uncovering the truth and ensuring justice and reparations for the more than 27,000 people who have disappeared. Amnesty International has documented shortcomings in the authorities’ efforts to search for the disappeared and their failure to carry out effective investigations that result in victims being identified and those responsible punished.

Date:
14 January 2016
Ref:
AMR 41/3150/2016
  • Research
  • Burkina Faso
  • Prisoners of Conscience

WIRE MAGAZINE OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2015: UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT

This December, millions of Amnesty supporters worldwide will use their words to defend human rights as part of Write for Rights, our global letter-writing marathon. Together, we want to free Albert Woodfox, who has spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement in the USA (p. 16). We want to find Rania Alabbasi, a Syrian dentist who disappeared with her six children after being seized by security officers (p.

Date:
22 October 2015
Ref:
NWS 21/2706/2015
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Mexico: Sting joins Amnesty International’s campaign against disappearances

In support of Amnesty International’s campaign against disappearances in Mexico, world-renowned singer and songwriter Sting met with relatives of some of the thousands who have gone missing in the country in recent years. “It is not hard to imagine the anguish and torment that families undergo when a loved one disappears, vanishes without trace or explanation, when attempts to find them or discover their fate are frustrated by the apparent indifference of the authorities to a situation that has become an epidemic in Mexico,” said Sting.

Date:
12 October 2015
  • News
  • Americas
  • Disappearances

Ayotzinapa disappearances: Peña Nieto’s ultimate test

“We don’t have any guns! …Don’t shoot! … Help him, help him please!” The three poignant phrases are repeated again and again, shouted out loud by various distinctively frightened young voices. The shaky footage, taken with a mobile phone on the night of 26 September 2014 in the Mexican city of Iguala, in the violence-ridden state of Guerrero, shows some of the attacks suffered by nearly 100 students before 43 went missing without a trace.

Date:
26 September 2015
  • News
  • Americas
  • Disappearances

Mexico: Reckless investigation into Ayotzinapa disappearances exposes government cover-up

The Mexican authorities’ reckless handling of the investigation into the enforced disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teaching school in Iguala, Guerrero a year ago, exposes a scandalous cover-up orchestrated by the highest levels of government, said Amnesty International. “The Ayotzinapa tragedy is one of the worst human rights tragedies in Mexico’s recent history. It has exposed how anyone can be forcibly disappeared into thin air in the country with those in power focused on covering up the traces.

Date:
23 September 2015