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Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction

The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal and other side projects that will affect the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people and might leave many homeless. Danger: Rights for sale. The Interoceanic Grand Canal project in Nicaragua and the erosion of human rights reveals how the obscure legal framework that led to the concession of the project, without genuine consultation with all affected communities, violates a catalogue of national and international standards on human rights and might lead to the forced eviction of hundreds of families.

Date:
3 August 2017
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  • Venezuela
  • Unlawful Detention

Venezuela: Country at breaking point as opposition leaders seized from homes

The seizure of two opposition leaders in Caracas late last night is a telling sign that the Maduro administration is desperate to silence all forms of criticism as the political and humanitarian crisis in the country approaches breaking point, Amnesty International said. “The Maduro administration is sending a terrifying message to all people in Venezuela: dissent will not be tolerated in any form,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
1 August 2017
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  • Americas
  • Armed Conflict

Still no peace in San José de Apartadó

San José de Apartadó has historically been hit hard by violence resulting from the armed conflict in Colombia. Despite having lived through terrible events, including forced displacement, targeted killings, raids by illegal armed actors and other grave human rights violations, the people of San José de Apartadó have provided an example of peaceful resistance to being drawn into the Colombian armed conflict.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Arbitrary detentions in Mexico: ‘We never thought this could happen to us’

The phone rang at four in the afternoon, exactly as scheduled. The ringing heightened the tension in the small living room of the 1950s house in Mexico City. “Will you accept a call from the West Federal Prison?” said the voice at the end of the line. “Yes, of course. Yes, I will,” Blanca responded, visibly nervous, as if she hadn’t done this before. But Blanca Aviña Guerrero has done this many times before.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Argentina
  • Indigenous People

Argentina: Regressive human rights policies

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about the regressive policies adopted on migrants’ rights, the continued criminalization of abortion, and shortcomings in the national human rights institution. Amnesty International also raises concerns about the threats of detention of irregular migrants, obstacles in accessing legal abortion, violence against women, violations of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and increased criminalization of Indigenous leaders and human rights defenders, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and impunity for past crimes.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 13/6772/2017
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  • Peru
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Peru: Nothing to celebrate: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about weaknesses in the Ombudsperson function, outstanding ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and inadequate legislation to protect Indigenous Peoples’ right to land. Amnesty International also raises concerns about impunity for past human rights violations, obstacles in the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive rights, persistent discrimination against LGBTI persons, violent repression of social protests by the security forces, and attacks against human rights defenders.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 46/6624/2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Guatemala: Stop criminalizing defenders!

A year since the acquittal of seven human rights defenders working on the rights to water and territory in Huehuetenango of baseless charges, Amnesty International remains concerned about the continued misuse of the justice system to silence and intimidate human rights defenders in Guatemala. This follow-up report, Guatemala: Stop Criminalizing Defenders!, examines what steps have been taken to implement recommendations made to the Guatemalan authorities aimed at curbing misuse of the justice system against human rights defenders and ensuring their protection.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6212/2017
  • Research
  • Guatemala
  • Justice Systems

Guatemala: Major human rights challenges still pending: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International is concerned that the process to reform the Constitution appears to have stalled and so has the establishment of the National Commission for the Search for Victims of Enforced and Other Forms of Disappearance. Amnesty International also raises concerns about continued impunity for past crimes, lack of independence of the judiciary, violence against women, attacks on human rights defenders, a surge in asylum applications by Guatemalans worldwide, and the death penalty.

Date:
19 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6554/2017
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Dominican Republic: Further information: Congress rejects regressive abortion reform

On 11 July, the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Congress voted to reject proposed reforms to the Criminal Code that failed to decriminalize abortion in limited circumstances and continued to violate the rights of women and girls. As a result, the proposed reforms cannot be made into law during the current legislative period.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 27/6724/2017
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Mexico: Arbitrary detentions taint “new” justice system

The toxic combination of a flawed judicial system, untrained police officers and widespread impunity are encouraging arbitrary detentions and leading to torture, executions and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said in a new report today. False suspicions: Arbitrary detentions by police in Mexico demonstrates how police across Mexico routinely detain people arbitrarily in order to extort them.

Date:
13 July 2017