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Philippines ‘war on drugs’: Credible and impartial investigations needed after ‘secret jail cell’ revealed

Following today’s suspension of more than a dozen police officers and the announcement of an internal investigation into revelations that 12 people were detained illegally in a cramped “secret jail cell” in Manila on drugs-related charges, Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:“This is an alarming reminder of the depth of the human rights crisis sparked by President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’.

Date:
28 April 2017
  • Blog
  • Sri Lanka
  • Disappearances

Why Sri Lanka's past refuses to be forgotten

It is difficult to imagine anything more traumatic than the sudden disappearance of a loved one. The scramble for any facts that can be established with any clarity. The yearning to know, the pain of imagining. The flame of hope that subsides to a barely perceptible flicker, never quite extinguished by the passage of time. There can be no real certainty, no closure, no moving on. Sithy Ameena, Sandya Ekneligoda and Vathana Suntharajaj all share this sense of perpetual grief.

Date:
3 April 2017
  • News
  • Sri Lanka
  • Disappearances

Sri Lanka - Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

Sri Lanka will not break with its violent past until it reckons with the cruel history of enforced disappearance and delivers justice to as many as 100,000 families who have spent years waiting for it, Amnesty International said today in a new report, revealing the enduring scars of a conflict that has been forgotten by the world. Amnesty International’s report, “Only Justice can heal our wounds”, will be launched by the organization’s Secretary General Salil Shetty at a meeting with families of the disappeared in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar.

Date:
3 April 2017
  • Research
  • Sri Lanka
  • Disappearances

Sri Lanka: "Only justice can heal our wounds": Listening to the demands of families of the disappeared in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, Enforced Disappearance has touched every community – spanning time, geography, ethnicity, religion, and class. There has been virtually no accountability for these grievous crimes. Despite daunting obstacles, family members of the disappeared have persisted in their efforts to seek remedies for the harms they have endured. This briefing highlights the experiences of family members of the disappeared who have pressed publicly for accountability.

Date:
1 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/5853/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Discrimination

Myanmar: Fact-finding mission welcome, urgently needed, overdue

An internationally mandated fact-finding mission to look at human rights violations in Myanmar is welcome, urgently needed and long overdue, Amnesty International said today. “The announcement of an independent international fact-finding mission to look into human rights violations in Myanmar is long overdue. After the Myanmar government’s failure to establish a credible investigation into the security forces’ crimes against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State, there is an urgent need for a team of international experts examine alleged violations there, in Kachin and in northern Shan State,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
24 March 2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Killings and Disappearances

Myanmar: Act now on Rakhine Commission report

Myanmar’s authorities must immediately act on the urgent calls made in an interim report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today. “The authorities must immediately act on the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations to grant humanitarian access, end the media blackout in northern Rakhine State, and ensure the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
17 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Thailand: Treaty ratification must be followed by domestic action to combat enforced disappearances

Amnesty International welcomes the 10 March vote by Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED). This is an important step towards combating enforced disappearances and securing truth and justice for victims, including family members. Amnesty International urges authorities to avoid further delays in ratifying the treaty and to eunsure that its obligations to prevent and protect against disappearances become a domestic reality.

Date:
11 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/5862/2017
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  • Nepal
  • Killings and Disappearances

Nepal: Investigation urgently needed after security forces shoot protesters dead

Nepal’s authorities must promptly investigate the security forces who opened fire on a crowd of protestors in Saptari district in the Tarai, Nepal’s southern plains, killing three people and injuring 16, Amnesty International said today. “This was an unlawful use of lethal force. There must be a prompt, effective and impartial investigation, and those responsible must be held accountable,” said Aura Freeman, Amnesty International’s Nepal campaigner.

Date:
7 March 2017
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  • Bangladesh
  • Killings and Disappearances

Bangladesh: Man Released From Long Secret Detention

Two Others Held Incommunicado Should Be Released or Charged The release this week of a man held incommunicado for more than six months after his apparent abduction by security forces is a step forward, but Bangladeshi authorities need to immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of two other men held in secret detention, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Humam Quader Chowdhury, who was taken away by men in plainclothes on August 4, 2016, was released March 2, 2017, near his family home in Dhaka.

Date:
2 March 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

It has become dangerous to be a blogger or a journalist in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia’s countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
1 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Human rights violations endemic in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia's countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
28 February 2017
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  • Pakistan
  • Killings and Disappearances

Pakistan: Wave of violence shows a horrific disregard for human life

Over the past fortnight, a series of bomb attacks claimed by a slew of armed groups has claimed the lives of more than 120 people and injured several more, raising concerns about the protection of human life. “All those suspected of responsibility for this horrific wave of violence must be brought to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts and without recourse to death penalty,” said Nadia Rahman, Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner.

Date:
23 February 2017