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United Kingdom: Weakening protections: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th Session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) taking place in May 2017. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations accepted by the UK in its previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework in the UK and the situation of human rights on the ground, and makes a number of recommendations to the UK authorities to strengthen human rights protection and address human rights challenges at the national level.

Date:
13 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 45/5488/2017
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Sri Lanka: Consultation Task Force report must lead to justice

As long as the Sri Lankan government ignores the findings of a taskforce, which examines crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses during the country’s decades-long internal conflict, justice, truth and reparation for thousands of families who have suffered deaths and disappearances will remain elusive, Amnesty International said today. The organization is dismayed by the Sri Lankan government’s casual disregard for the findings compiled by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF).

Date:
11 January 2017
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Slovenia: Proposals to strip refugees and asylum-seekers of their rights must be rejected

The Slovenian parliament must reject amendments to the Aliens Act that, once triggered, would deny refugees and asylum seekers the protections to which they are entitled under international and EU law, Amnesty International said following the adoption of the amendments by the government today. Emergency measures set out in the bill would give authorities the possibility to adopt special measures that would deny entry to people arriving at the borders and automatically expel migrants and refugees who had entered Slovenia irregularly, without assessing their asylum claims or the risk of them being tortured or persecuted upon return.

Date:
5 January 2017
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Iraq: End irresponsible arms transfers fuelling militia war crimes

Militias allied to the Iraqi government have access to arms from at least 17 countries Recent arms transfers have fuelled enforced disappearances, abductions, torture, summary killings, and deliberate destruction of civilian property Iraq is the world’s sixth-largest importer of heavy weaponry Paramilitary militias nominally operating as part of the Iraqi armed forces in the fight against the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are using arms from Iraqi military stockpiles, provided by the USA, Europe, Russia and Iran, to commit war crimes, revenge attacks and other atrocities said Amnesty International in a new report today.

Date:
5 January 2017
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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
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United Nations resolution paves way for accountability on Syria war crimes

In response to the United Nations General Assembly resolution establishing an independent international mechanism to ensure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria since March 2011, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research said: “With this resolution, the General Assembly helps overcome the Security Council's deadlock on accountability and is the first step toward justice for thousands of victims.

Date:
22 December 2016
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Pakistan: How the blasphemy laws enable abuse

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often used against religious minorities and others who are the target of false accusations, while emboldening vigilantes prepared to threaten or kill the accused, a new Amnesty International report says today. “There is overwhelming evidence that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws violate human rights and encourage people to take the law into their own hands. Once a person is accused, they become ensnared in a system that offers them few protections, presumes them guilty, and fails to safeguard them against people willing to use violence,” said Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Director of Global Issues.

Date:
21 December 2016
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Bahrain: Promises of reform unfulfilled – Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

In this submission Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in Bahrain’s previous UPR, assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes recommendations to the government of Bahrain to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report. The organization highlights shortcomings in the human rights framework in Bahrain, including national laws that restrict the rights to freedom of expression and association, imprisonment of political opponents and human rights defenders, and questions surrounding the independence, impartiality and effectiveness of national human rights institutions.

Date:
21 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 11/5310/2016
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A First Step Towards Connecting North Korea

There are many ups and downs in the life of a human rights campaigner: progress is hard to achieve and setbacks are not infrequent. Yet, even a North Korea campaigner can have a good day, as Suki Chung, Regional Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International (East Asia) explains. It was a fine morning in Hong Kong. The week-long rain had washed every sidewalk and a tincture of freshness still lingered in the air despite the traffic fumes.

Date:
19 December 2016
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Saudi Arabia: Immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions

Saudi Arabia should immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions, destroy its stockpile and accede to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, Amnesty International said after the Kingdom’s surprise admission today that it used the inherently indiscriminate weapon in Yemen. General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesperson for the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, stated today that it would cease use of UK-made BL-755 cluster munitions, confirming Amnesty International’s finding that this type had been used since at least December 2015.

Date:
19 December 2016
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Myanmar: Security forces target Rohingya during vicious Rakhine scorched-earth campaign

The Myanmar security forces are responsible for unlawful killings, multiple rapes and the burning down of houses and entire villages in a campaign of violence against Rohingya people that may amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International reveals in a new report today. Based on extensive interviews with Rohingyas in both Myanmar and Bangladesh, as well as analysis of satellite imagery and photos and videos, the report also documents how dozens of people have been arbitrarily arrested during the military’s vicious and disproportionate security campaign in Rakhine State over the past two months.

Date:
19 December 2016
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Myanmar: "We are at breaking point" - Rohingya: persecuted in Myanmar, neglected in Bangladesh

This report documents a campaign of violence by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya since 9 October 2016. Soldiers and police have randomly fired on and killed civilians, raped women and girls, torched whole villages and arbitrarily arrested Rohingya men without any information about their whereabouts or charges. These actions have been a form of collective punishment targeting Rohingya in northern Rakhine state, and may amount to crimes against humanity.

Date:
19 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 16/5362/2016
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Aleppo is an alarm bell: the international system has failed

Seventeen years ago, Kofi Annan stood before the United Nations and apologized. The then-secretary-general acknowledged that the UN had failed the people of Rwanda during the 100-day genocide in which almost a million people were killed, and pledged to ensure that the UN would "never again" fail to protect a civilian population from genocide or mass slaughter. In Aleppo today, Annan's promise is inaudible beneath the roar of bombs and the whimpers of children trapped under rubble, their faces caked with blood and dust.

Date:
16 December 2016
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France: Renewal of State of Emergency risks normalizing exceptional measures

The French parliament’s adoption of a new law on December 15, 2016 to prolong the country’s state of emergency for an additional seven months risks normalizing exceptional measures while weakening human rights and the rule of law, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. At the end of this latest extension, France would have spent 20 months under the state of emergency. “With each renewal, the state of emergency slowly becomes the new norm, which is dangerous for a democracy based on rule of law,” said Nadim Houry, director of the terrorism and counterterrorism program at Human Rights Watch.

Date:
15 December 2016
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The Council of Europe’s possible resort to “infringement proceedings” against Azerbaijan for failing to release Ilgar Mammadov is a test of its resolve to right the wrongs

Amnesty International welcomes the 8 December decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to intensify their efforts to ensure the release of the Azerbaijani political activist and prisoner of conscience Ilgar Mammadov, including by actively considering resorting to “infringement proceedings” against Azerbaijan under Article 46. 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Date:
15 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 55/5357/2016