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LIVING IN LIMBO: BENIN’S LAST DEATH ROW PRISONERS

In the last three decades Benin has made important progress on the abolition of the death penalty. Despite the remarkable progress made by Benin on the abolition of the death penalty 14 people are languishing on death row with an uncertain future. Benin is committed not to execute them yet it has not commuted their death sentences. The uncertainty that hangs over the 14 death row prisoners needs to be resolved urgently through the commutation of their death sentences.

Date:
16 January 2017
Author:
Oluwatosin Popoola
Ref:
ACT 50/4980/2017
  • News
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Arms embargo, sanctions fail at UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a 23 December, 2016, resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and placed a travel ban and asset freeze on three senior South Sudanese leaders was deeply disappointing, seven non-governmental groups said today. The measure failed to gain the nine votes needed to pass, with seven in favour and eight abstentions. “South Sudanese civilians had a reasonable expectation that the Security Council would make good on its long-standing threat to impose an arms embargo and extend sanctions to some of the senior leaders who have been responsible for grave human rights abuses,” said John Prendergast, founding director at the Enough Project.

Date:
23 December 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Uganda: the journey of a survivor of police brutality

12 January 2015 started like any other day for cameraman Andrew Lwanga. He did his usual 45 minute morning run and then went to Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS)’ news room for the 7 am morning editorial meeting. During the editorial meeting, he was assigned covering an unemployment protest by youth demanding jobs. While he was covering the protest on Namirembe Road in Kampala, Uganda, a police officer hit him with a baton on his shoulders and head, behind his ears, until he fell down.

Date:
9 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Internet and Social Media

Five ways technology will shape the future of politics, society and human rights

Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp. Young people, activists and protest movements using the internet and mobiles. These are the images that usually come to mind when technology is discussed as a catalyst of social change. This was only the beginning: in the next 10–20 years, emerging technologies will fundamentally change societies; it will be nothing short of revolutionary. The internet and mobiles have forever changed how people communicate, spread information and organize.

Date:
6 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Malawi
  • Discrimination

"I enjoy acting as a role model to young people"

Virginia Chimodzi is a teacher with albinism. She has overcome some of the obstacles faced by many people with albinism in Malawi, and is now a teacher working to improve the lives of children with albinism. There are three children in our family, all girls, two of whom have albinism (my young sister and myself). I heard that on my mother’s side of the family they had a brother with albinism. I never met him.

Date:
2 December 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Discrimination

5 facts about albinism in Malawi

The killing of people with albinism in Malawi made global headlines in early 2016. Here are five facts to help you make sense of the story behind them. 1. Albinism is an inherited skin condition. Albinism is an inherited genetic condition that prevents the body from making enough colour, or melanin, to protect the skin from the sun. It affects 1 in 5,000 to 15,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

Date:
1 December 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Justice Systems

States shouldn’t use ICC budget to interfere with its work

States complain that the ICC needs to broaden investigations beyond Africa—yet some of the same states are now trying to limit the increased budget needed to do so. With countries still reeling from the news that Burundi, Gambia and South Africa are seeking to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the annual meeting of the 124 states parties of the Rome Statute got off to a surprisingly positive start in The Hague last week.

Date:
23 November 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Justice Systems

ICC: States must strengthen, not abandon, only route to justice for millions of victims

Victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations deserve to have their day in court, Amnesty International said as it urged states to work to strengthen, rather than withdraw from, the International Criminal Court (ICC). The call comes on the eve of the 15th Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute – the ICC’s founding treaty – taking place from 16 to 24 November in The Hague, Netherlands.

Date:
15 November 2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Killings and Disappearances

South Africa: African countries must turn the tide on violence against people with albinism

A United Nations high level Meeting on people with albinism in Africa which will take place in Pretoria, South Africa on 8 November is a crucial opportunity to end discrimination and violence against people with albinism across the continent, Amnesty International said today. “African leaders and communities must come together and confront the root causes of the ongoing discrimination and horrific violence faced by people with albinism,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, who will attend the meeting.

Date:
8 November 2016
  • Research
  • South Sudan
  • Justice Systems

South Sudan: A Way Forward for the Hybrid Court for South Sudan

We, the undersigned South Sudanese and international non-governmental organizations, write to share our thoughts with you on the way forward for the Hybrid Court for South Sudan (HCSS). We recognize the efforts made by the African Union Commission (AUC) to date, as outlined in the Draft Project Proposal for Establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

Date:
1 November 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 65/5084/2016
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  • Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Oral statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Civic space in Africa is under attack. Recent years have seen the rise of the proposal to enact legislation whose purpose or effect is to restrict the space for civil society or create barriers to HRDs effectively doing their work. Ethiopia, Uganda, amongst other countries, have successfully enacted such laws. In countries, such as Angola and Egypt, HRDs have been subjected to unfounded criminal prosecutions, arbitrary detention, and judicial harassment.

Date:
29 October 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 01/5065/2016
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  • Africa
  • Death Penalty

Oral statement on the death penalty in Africa at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception, regardless of the nature or circumstances of the crime; guilt, innocence or other characteristics of the individual; or the method used by the state to carry out the execution. The death penalty is a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

Date:
29 October 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 01/5066/2016