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Iraq: Pentagon probe of Mosul airstrike underscores urgent need to protect civilians

As the Pentagon reports on its findings following the investigation into the US-led coalition airstrike that killed at least 100 civilians in West Mosul’s Jadida neighbourhood on 17 March 2017, Samah Hadid Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director of campaigns said: “The attack on the Jadida neighbourhood was a tragedy that alerted the world to the horrors being inflicted upon Iraqi civilians.

Date:
25 May 2017
  • Research
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Greece: Adequate housing for Elliniko residents

On 23 May, Amnesty International was informed by the Greek Ministry for Migration Policy that a registration process has begun in the Elliniko refugee camps in order to determine the specific housing needs of each resident ahead of the closure of the camps. This is a highly necessary and welcome step from the Greek authorities. Amnesty International hopes that the information collected during the registration exercise will lead to individuals and families being offered housing that is adequate to their needs.

Date:
24 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6338/2017
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Bahrain: At least one dead and hundreds injured as government violently cracks down on opposition

Updates May 24: The Bahraini authorities have stated that 5 men were killed in the violent crackdown on Duraz. The Bahraini security forces used excessive force against protesters in the village of Duraz, the majority of whom were peaceful, as part of an ongoing crack down on the village which has been under siege by the authorities for 11 months, according to evidence uncovered by Amnesty International.

Date:
23 May 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Viet Nam: Open Letter on Prisoner of Conscience Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức

On the 8th anniversary of the arrest of POC Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức – and half way through his 16-year prison sentence – the Directors of 12 Amnesty International offices call for his immediate and unconditional release. The letter also calls on Viet Nam’s prison authorities to ensure that their treatment of Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức adheres strictly, as a minimum, to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) so that he is treated with dignity and respect while he is incarcerated.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/6234/2017
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Timor-Leste: Further information: Two journalists may face imprisonment

In the case of two Timorese journalists, the lead prosecutor has recommended imprisonment of one year for Raimundos Oki, and a two year suspended sentence for Lourenco Vicente Martins if they are convicted of “defamatory false information. ” The court will read its verdict – and sentence, if it is a conviction – on 1 June 2017.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 57/6290/2017
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Greece: People displaced by imminent closure of refugee camps must get safe and adequate housing

Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps tomorrow, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, said Amnesty International. “Whilst no one will mourn the closure of these uninhabitable, unsafe camps, the failure to provide people living there with information about their imminent removal has only served to increase their fears and anxieties,” said Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaigner.

Date:
22 May 2017
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Saudi Arabia: Trump visit risks giving green light to violations of human rights

As US President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign visit to attend the Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia, counter terrorism and security will dominate his discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The President is also expected to unveil a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The glaring absence of human rights from Trump’s agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled on large part by US arms transfers, said Amnesty International.

Date:
19 May 2017
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Tricks of the trade? Open season on journalists in Mexico

The tragic news of the brutal murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas, a Mexican journalist renowned for his fearless reporting of the drug war wreaking havoc across Mexico, has sent shockwaves through the country. His journalism was particularly well-known in his home town of Culiacán, in Sinaloa. There, thousands of people are virtual hostages of a war between ruthless drug cartels and a government that is at best, unable to protect its people and, at worse, in collusion with those it claims to be fighting against.

Date:
19 May 2017
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A single person, a world of difference

It was prominent Okinawa peace activist Hiroji Yamashiro’s first visit to Tokyo since his detention last year, and few were surprised that he came to attend a symposium on Okinawa. He was arrested in October 2016 for his role in protests opposing new U. S. military construction projects on the Japanese island and was held without due process for five months. He was released on bail in March after Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action in February 2017 calling for his release.

Date:
19 May 2017
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Papua New Guinea: Guardian reveals a policy of cruelty on Manus Island

Responding to The Guardian’s revelations that camp managers and security staff on Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island have sought to make conditions as inhospitable as possible, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Champa Patel, said: “The documents published by the Guardian today reveal that the Australian government’s service providers planned a policy of deliberate cruelty, making life intolerable in order to coerce them to relocate.

Date:
17 May 2017
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  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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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  • Africa
  • Terrorism

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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Mexico: Fifth journalist killed this year in sickening assault on freedom of expression

The killing of a journalist in Mexico - the fifth such incident this year -highlights the alarming situation of freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Javier Valdez Cárdenas, founder of Río Doce media and reporter for La Jornada and El Noroeste, was shot dead a few metres away from his office in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. Javier was known for his work covering organized crime and drug trafficking.

Date:
15 May 2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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