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USA-Mexico: Trump’s border crackdown pushes refugees into dangerous limbo

An already dangerous journey for tens of thousands of refugees has become deadlier thanks to President Trump’s Executive Order on border control and immigration as well as entrenched reckless practices in Mexico, Amnesty International said in a new report based on intensive investigations on both sides of the border. Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s violation of the rights of asylum seekers explores the catastrophic impact of a catalogue of new policies and ongoing practices that result in unlawful push-backs of asylum seekers at the USA-Mexico border, and threaten to unlawfully lock up thousands more families, including babies and children, in immigration detention centres in the USA.

Date:
15 June 2017
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  • Honduras
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Honduras: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee 120th Session, 3-27 July 2017

Amnesty International submits this document to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee) ahead of its review of Honduras’ second periodic report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant). The submission highlights Amnesty International’s concerns in relation to a number of questions on the Committee’s List of Issues with specific focus on violence against women, right to life, the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (other ill-treatment), sexual and reproductive rights, the right to privacy, freedom of expression and opinion and freedom of assembly and association.

Date:
8 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 37/6417/2017
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  • Killings and Disappearances

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
  • News
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  • Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Honduras: Historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion

Ahead of a debate in the Honduran congress today over the country’s criminalization of abortion, Amnesty International’s Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas said: “By criminalizing abortion, the Honduran Penal Code is incompatible with human rights standards and must be modified without delay. ” “Preventing women from exercising their human rights by stopping them from being able to make decisions over their own bodies only puts their health and lives in danger.

Date:
25 April 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

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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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

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
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Central American carnage – how Trump’s border wall would lock refugees in a life of violence and fear

The image of a dozen children playing behind a tall metal fence, surrounded by armed guards, says it all – in one of the world’s most dangerous barrios, even playtime happens under security lockdown. The newly built park is located in the Rivera Hernández neighbourhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It’s one of the deadliest areas of the most dangerous city in one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

Date:
20 February 2017
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  • Americas

How President Trump’s spat with Mexico will crush Central American refugees

Judging by the spat between US President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, over who will pay for the infamous wall to separate their countries, the two leaders could not be further apart. But the two presidents have something in common: they are both ignoring the lives of the many men, women and children who are desperately fleeing some of the most violent countries on earth.

Date:
12 February 2017
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USA: Trump’s policy decisions blocking refugees puts hateful rhetoric into action

In reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order to effectively prevent refugees from seeking resettlement in the USA, Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International said: “President Trump’s Executive Order effectively blocking those fleeing war and persecution from war-torn countries such as Syria, from seeking safe haven in the USA are an appalling move with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Date:
27 January 2017
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  • Refugees

USA: We Will Fight Trump’s Effort to Close U.S. Borders

Today President Donald Trump issued several executive orders related to immigration, including constructing a wall on the border with Mexico, building more detention centers, and stripping sanctuary cities of federal funding. “We will fight this dangerous move with everything we’ve got,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “This wall would say that those from outside the United States, especially from Latin America, are to be feared and shunned – and that is just wrong.

Date:
25 January 2017
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I left Syria thinking that I would return in two weeks. That was four years ago

On the morning that Zain Alabdin Ali, a young 23-year-old Syrian, left the makeshift house he shared with his parents and four brothers and sisters in a small town near his native Aleppo, he thought that the adventure would be nothing more than a temporary escape. It was 2012, and only a few weeks earlier his parents had decided to move the family out of Aleppo, just before the once magnificent city would become synonymous with horror and destruction, forcing millions of people to flee in terror.

Date:
11 December 2016
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  • Exploitation of Natural Resources

Americas: New platform highlights rising wave of attacks against environmental activists

On international day of human rights defenders, Amnesty International is launching an innovative online tool to highlight the rising wave of attacks against environmental activists across the Americas. Speak out for Defenders! features dozens of stories of activists from every corner of the Americas who have been harassed, threatened, attacked, unfairly jailed and even killed as punishment for their work to protect the environment.

Date:
10 December 2016
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Activists’ murders turn Honduras into ‘no-go zone’ for environmental campaigners

The brutal murders of two land rights activists in Honduras last night are the latest tragedies in a seemingly unstoppable wave of deadly attacks turning Honduras into a no-go zone for human rights defenders, said Amnesty International. José Angel Flores, 64, President of the Movimiento Unificado Campesino, was shot dead by a group of unidentified men in the department of Colón, northern Honduras, in the afternoon of 18 October.

Date:
19 October 2016