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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

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Guatemala in November 2017. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in the previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes recommendations to the government of Guatemala to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
27 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6554/2017
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  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Dominican Republic: Further information: Urge Congress to decriminalize abortion

In May 2017, the Dominican Senate voted to reject the President’s recommendations to decriminalize abortion. The President’s recommendations are now being discussed by the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, which is expected to vote on the recommendations soon. If the Chamber also rejects the President’s recommendations, the Dominican Republic’s Criminal Code will continue to violate the rights of women and girls.

Date:
23 June 2017
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AMR 27/6573/2017
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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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Mexico/Guatemala: Hundreds stranded at Mexico-Guatemala border

Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

Date:
8 June 2017
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AMR 01/6462/2017
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  • Unlawful Detention

Venezuela: Authorities’ militarization of crisis escalates violence and promotes fear

The increased deployment of military forces to repress protests, the rise in excessive use of force against protesters and others, and the use of military courts to try to silence dissenting voices illustrates a terrifying shift of the Venezuelan authorities’ approach to the human rights crisis wreaking havoc across the country, Amnesty International said after at least 60 people were killed in protests in the past 60 days.

Date:
2 June 2017
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Colombia: violence against protestors in Buenaventura Civic Strike must stop

The Colombian government must halt its excessive use of force against protestors taking part in the general strike in Buenaventura, Amnesty International said today. “Instead of trying to silence the communities of Buenaventura, the Colombian authorities should protect residents and focus on responding to their demands given the critical levels of violence and exclusion suffered by the people who live in Colombia’s Pacific region,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s Americas Programme Director.

Date:
1 June 2017
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  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

USA: Trump’s expected decision to leave the global climate deal could result in a human rights catastrophe of epic proportions

In response to reports that President Donald Trump is expected to pull the USA from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA said: “Let there be no doubt, President Trump’s expected decision to withdraw the USA from the global climate deal is an assault on a range of human rights putting millions of people’s lives and wellbeing around the world in severe jeopardy.

Date:
31 May 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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  • Americas
  • Discrimination

What does it take to solve a statelessness crisis?

Three years ago today, authorities in the Dominican Republic passed a law seeking to address a statelessness crisis that has effectively stripped thousands of people off their Dominican nationality and with it,  denied them a range of human rights. The crisis exploded in 2013, after a ruling by the Dominican Republic’s top Court that retroactively applied to anyone born after 1929 to undocumented foreign parents.

Date:
23 May 2017