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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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  • Killings and Disappearances

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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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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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: 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: Fifth journalist killed this year in sickening assault on freedom of expression

The killing of a journalist in Mexico - the fifth such incident this year -highlights the alarming situation of freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Javier Valdez Cárdenas, founder of Río Doce media and reporter for La Jornada and El Noroeste, was shot dead a few metres away from his office in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. Javier was known for his work covering organized crime and drug trafficking.

Date:
15 May 2017
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USA: Return to bigoted anti-Muslim travel ban would cause immeasurable harm

The Trump administration’s executive order on travel, scheduled for federal appeals court review on Monday, would harm both immigrants and US citizens if allowed to enter into effect, warns Amnesty International in a briefing paper released today. “President Trump’s travel ban order separated families and sent a message of bigotry and intolerance,” said Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International.

Date:
12 May 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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Venezuela: Use of military courts against civilians undermines rule of law

The use of military courts to try civilians in Venezuela undermines the rule of law in the country, violating the Venezuelan constitution and international laws, said Amnesty International today. “The increasing use of military courts to try civilians is proof of the resolute determination of the Venezuelan authorities to stifle the increasing protests and terrorize anyone who even considers expressing their opinions,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 May 2017
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Colombia: Abduction of UN official highlights obstacles in local implementation of peace process

Amnesty International demands the immediate release of the United Nations official Harley López, abducted in Barranquillita (Guaviare), in south-eastern Colombia. His illegal deprivation of liberty is a wake-up call for the Colombian authorities to the urgent protection needs of thousands of people throughout the country, the organization said today. According to official sources and United Nations agencies, the official from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was abducted by dissidents from the 1st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Thursday 4 May.

Date:
8 May 2017
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El Salvador: Critical opportunity to put an end to total criminalization of abortion

The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador has a historic opportunity to reject the criminalization of abortion and protect the health and lives of millions of women throughout the country, said Amnesty International in light of a debate which could result in the first steps being taken towards the end of criminalization of abortion in the country. “The total ban on abortion is, quite simply, a form of torture which puts the lives of millions of women and girls at risk every day,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
8 May 2017
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Brazil: Spike in killings by Rio police as country faces UN review

Authorities in Brazil are increasingly turning a blind eye to a deepening human rights crisis of their own making, Amnesty International said in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of a review of the country on 5 May. Since Brazil last faced scrutiny at the UN’s Universal Periodic Review in 2012, a spike in violence has seen killings by the police in Rio de Janeiro nearly doubled to 182 in the first two months of 2017, as well as soaring rates of killings and other human rights violations elsewhere in the country.

Date:
4 May 2017