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Together we are stronger

As a relative of a young man killed by the police in Kingston, Jamaica, many people have asked me how my family copes with the pain, with having lost a part of us, with the immense frustration of not having found justice for Nakiea. The answer is not easy. Some days, the strength to continue fighting for justice comes from within, others, from the support we have received from so many people from around the world.

Date:
22 March 2017
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Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro

A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL) was sentenced on Monday 20 March, his wife told Amnesty International.

Date:
21 March 2017
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Following political crisis Haiti must urgently advance human rights agenda

Haiti’s acceptance of recommendations to ratify the UN Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is significant in a situation where tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent born in the neighbouring Dominican Republic have been rendered stateless. Amnesty International urges the Haitian government to work closely with the Dominican government to restore Dominican nationality to those arbitrarily deprived of it in 2013.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 36/5899/2017
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USA: Hawaii Ruling Affirms Discriminatory Nature of Trump Refugee Order

Following a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii blocking President Trump’s revised Muslim ban, Margaret Huang, executive director at Amnesty International USA had the following reaction: “As long as this hateful policy remains, it will continue to be fought in courts while thousands of people and families are trapped in uncertainty. Congress can end this by passing legislation that effectively nullifies the ban.

Date:
15 March 2017
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Nicaragua: Human rights defender stigmatized and publicly discredited by government authorities

As part of a campaign carried out by Nicaraguan government officials to stigmatize and publicly discredit Vilma Nuñez, the director and founder of the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights (Centro Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos, CENIDH), on 8 March 2017, 9 government officials, among them six government ministers, wrote a letter to the United States ambassador to Nicaragua in response to Vilma Nuñez’s nomination for the International Women of Courage Award, presented by the United States government Department of State.

Date:
10 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 43/5860/2017
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Colombia: Over 300 displaced due to paramilitary incursion

An incursion by paramilitaries and subsequent armed confrontation between them and guerrilla groups forced a mass displacement of families and the potential confinement of surrounding communities in Peña Azul, Chocó department, in north-western Colombia. The increase in paramilitary activity in the area is placing residents of rural areas of Chocó department at risk.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 23/5826/2017
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Berta Cáceres and the open wounds of Honduras

The last time I spoke to Berta Cáceres, Lenca Indigenous environmental defender in Honduras and founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras, COPINH), I heard the seriousness of the situation reflected in her voice. The campaign which COPINH had been carrying out for years against the installation of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, on the River Gualcarque, was conflicting with powerful economic and political interests, and threats against her and other members of COPINH were becoming all too common.

Date:
3 March 2017
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USA: Young mother with brain tumor released from immigration detention centre

Sara Beltran Hernandez, a 26-year-old mother who fled violence in El Salvador and has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Texas for 15 months, has been granted bond. She was released today to be with her family and to seek treatment for a brain tumor. Amnesty International had campaigned for her release and mobilized its 1. 2 million members across the country to flood ICE with phone calls asking for Sara to be freed.

Date:
2 March 2017
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  • Americas
  • Detention

Jamaica: Prime Minister Holness must take decisive action to tackle human rights violations

On the eve of the first anniversary of Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, taking office, Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) published an open letter calling on the government to take concrete steps to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in the country. "Despite the commitment expressed by the Jamaican government to guarantee that the human rights of all Jamaicans are protected, reality remains that much more work needs to be done,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
2 March 2017
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Jamaica: Open Letter from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice to Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Open Letter to Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the 1st anniversary of his government from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice. In this document the organizations address the Jamaican Prime Minister to encourage his government to move forwards with police and justice reforms. They also stress the need to end impunity for alleged unlawful killings by Jamaica’ security forces.

Date:
2 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 38/5803/2017
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Honduras: Justice gap over Berta Cáceres’ murder sends warning to activists

The scandalous lack of an effective investigation to find those responsible for ordering the brutal killing of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres sends a terrifying message to the hundreds of people who dare to speak out against the powerful, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the killing on 2 March. “Berta’s tragic murder illustrates the woeful state of human rights in Honduras.

Date:
27 February 2017