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DRC: THE GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE UNHINDERED MOVEMENT TO THE UN EXPERT TEAM MANDATED TO COLLECT AND PRESERVE EVIDENCE ON THE KASAI CRISIS

The Human Rights Council (‘the Council’) has adopted a resolution requesting the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to dispatch a team of international experts to collect and preserve information, and to determine the facts and circumstances concerning alleged human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law, in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6586/2017
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Oral statement delivered during the thirty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

The human rights situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) requires immediate action from this Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other serious violations of international human rights law have been committed by the Armed Forces of the DRC. Violence now affects at least five provinces, and an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed and 1. 3 million1 have been forced to flee their homes.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6562/2017
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South Sudan - "It was as if my village was swept by a flood" - Mass displacement of the Shilluk population from the West Bank of the White Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced in January to May 2017, as government forces burnt, shelled and looted their homes. Aided by Dinka militias, government forces undertook a ground offensive in the Upper Nile region in early/mid 2017, retaking territory that had been under the control of armed opposition forces. They attacked numerous towns and villages on the west bank of the White Nile, an area belonging to the traditional kingdom of the Shilluk ethnic minority.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6538/2017
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South Sudan: Killings, mass displacement and systematic looting as government forces purge civilians from Upper Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced as government forces burnt, shelled and systematically looted their homes between January and May 2017, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today based on interviews with dozens of victims and eyewitnesses. Civilians belonging to the Shilluk minority told Amnesty International how government troops and allied militias stole anything they could get their hands on in the aftermath of attacks, from stored food supplies to furniture and even the front doors of houses.

Date:
21 June 2017
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Uganda: "Help has not reached me here" - Donors must step up support for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

More than 900,000 refugees have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and sought safety in Uganda with over 1000 refugees arriving each day. Uganda has a progressive refugee policy which is lauded by the international community, however, states have failed in their obligation to help Uganda and have not provided an adequate response to this crisis. This has meant basic needs including access to food, water, sanitation, health care and shelter not being met.

Date:
18 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 59/6422/2017
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Eritrea: Oral Statement Delivered During the Thirty-Fifth Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

Amnesty International welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s calls for international accountability regarding the human rights situation in Eritrea. Since the beginning of the mandate in 2012, the Special Rapporteur has monitored and highlighted the crimes of enslavement, persecution, enforced disappearance, rape, torture, and murder, which have occurred in Eritrea since 1991. The mandate has been instrumental in monitoring the human rights emergency on the ground, and its reports are consistent with Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6436/2017
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Eritrea: Renewing the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea

The undersigned civil society organisations, write to urge Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council to co-sponsor a resolution renewing the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. In view of the ongoing crimes under international law, including torture, enslavement and enforced disappearances, and violations of fundamental freedoms committed in Eritrea, the Special Rapporteur’s mandate remains an indispensable mechanism to advance the protection and promotion of human rights in Eritrea.

Date:
5 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 64/6431/2017
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Nigerian and International civil society call for clean-up of oil pollution in the Niger Delta to finally begin

Today, Environmental Rights Action, Amnesty International, and Friends of the Earth Europe called for the immediate clean-up of oil pollution in Ogoniland in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, in line with recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its landmark 2011 study of the region. One year since the Nigerian Government officially launched a clean-up programme in Ogoniland, communities affected by decades of oil spills are still waiting for actual action on the ground to begin.

Date:
2 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6411/2017
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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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Burundi: Open letter on urgency of addressing Burundi Crisis during upcoming EAC Heads of State Summit

In this open letter Amnesty International, while recognising the efforts already underway, urge Heads of State to ensure that resolving the Burundi crisis is a priority for the Heads of State Summit of the East African Community to be held on 20 May, and to provide the renewed political leadership and commitment which is needed to end the crisis.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/6278/2017
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Shut down for speaking out. Human rights defenders at risk in West and Central Africa

Human rights defenders have long played an essential role in standing up for freedom, opposing repression and promoting social justice across West and Central Africa. Yet rather than heralding these efforts to promote and defend universal civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, state authorities have far too often responded with hostility and an intolerance of dissent.

Date:
16 May 2017
Ref:
ACT 30/6170/2017
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West and Central Africa: Attacks on human rights activists reach dangerous levels

Amnesty International launches new global campaign, ‘Brave’, to stop the wave of attacks against those defending human rights At least 87 human rights defenders and 48 journalists arbitrarily arrested in West Africa since 2014 One protester killed every five days during demonstrations States across the region deploy unlawful killings, arrests, surveillance and administrative sanctions to inhibit human rights work Human rights defenders, journalists and protesters in West and Central Africa are facing ever-higher levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned Amnesty International today as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice.

Date:
15 May 2017
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Sudan: ‘Uninvestigated, unpunished’: Human rights violations against Darfuri students

This report documents human rights violations experienced by students from Darfur in Sudan since 2014. These violations include: suppression of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly; arbitrary arrests; torture and other ill-treatment in detention; and unlawful killings. Since the conflict started in Darfur in 2003, the police and the security services have arbitrarily arrested and detained at least 10,000 students from Darfur.

Date:
15 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 54/4848/2017
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Oral statement on the death penalty in Africa at the 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Amnesty International welcomes the progressive steps taken by the African Commission on the death penalty; particularly its standard setting role. However, Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the lack of progress in the African Union in respect of the adoption of the Additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the abolition of the death penalty. It is high time Africa joined other regions of the world in adopting a regional treaty on the abolition of the death penalty.

Date:
14 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6190/2017
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Oral statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa at the 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Human rights defenders have long played an essential role in standing up for freedom, opposing repression and promoting social justice across Africa. Yet, rather than heralding these efforts, state authorities continue to respond with hostility and intolerance to activities of human rights defenders and any form of dissent. Often labelled as “subversives”, “political opponents” and “traitors”, human rights defenders in many countries continue to face various forms of repression.

Date:
12 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6202/2017