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South Sudan: Sexual violence ‘on a massive scale’ leaves thousands in mental distress amid raging conflict

Thousands of South Sudanese women and girls, and some men, who have been raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict are battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help, Amnesty International revealed in a new report out today. “Do not remain silent”: Survivors of Sexual violence in South Sudan call for justice and reparations, reveals aggravated acts of sexual violence against thousands of people across the country since hostilities began in December 2013.

Date:
24 July 2017
  • Research
  • South Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: "Do not remain silent": Survivors of sexual violence in South Sudan call for justice and reparations

Since the outbreak of South Sudan’s internal armed conflict in Juba in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese have been subjected to sexual violence including rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, sexual mutilation, torture, castration, or forced nudity. These acts of sexual violence are shocking in their scale and level of brutality, and will leave physical, psychological, and social impacts for decades to come.

Date:
24 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6469/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Burundi
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Calling out Burundi on impunity

President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office in April 2015 sparked a crisis that continues today. When people took to the streets in protest, they were met with violent repression by the police. The crackdown on dissent continued following a failed coup attempt in May 2015. Crimes under international law and human rights violations were committed. Hundreds of people were killed, with bodies turning up in the streets almost every morning in late 2015.

Date:
21 July 2017
  • Research
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Conflict

Cameroon's secret torture chambers: Human rights violations and war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram

Since 2014, the armed group Boko Haram has killed over 1,500 civilians in the Far North region of Cameroon, through a series of brutal and often indiscriminate attacks, in addition to its kidnapping of women and girls and its widespread looting and destruction of property. Amnesty International believes that Boko Haram has been engaged in a non-international armed conflict with the Cameroonian security forces since at least 2014.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 17/6536/2017
  • News
  • South Sudan
  • Refugees

OP-ED: World must seize the moment to support South Sudanese refugees

By Khairunissa Dhala At just 37 years of age, Joyce has seen it all. She’s stared into the abyss of human cruelty and lived to tell the story. In September 2016, soldiers stormed her home in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, which she shared with her husband and their children. They tied her husband’s arms behind his back and stabbed him multiple times until he lay dead. A single mother with nine children to feed, Joyce decided to run away – to escape the violence in her native land.

Date:
12 July 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Rwanda: Setting the Scene for Elections: Two Decades of Silencing Dissent in Rwanda

Rwandans go to the polls on 4 August 2017 to elect their next president, in a climate of fear created by years of repression against opposition politicians, journalists and human rights defenders. They have been jailed, physically attacked – even killed – and forced into exile or silence. Prior human rights violations and unresolved cases of murders and disappearances continue to have a chilling effect on the current political and human rights context.

Date:
7 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 47/6585/2017
  • Research
  • South Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan - "If men are caught, they are killed, if women are caught, they are raped" - Atrocities in Equatoria region turn country's breadbasket into a killing field

In South Sudan’s Equatoria region government and opposition forces have committed war crimes and widespread human rights abuses against civilians. Men, women and children have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burned alive in their homes. Women and girls have been gang-raped, some after having been abducted. Homes, schools, medical facilities and humanitarian organizations’ compounds have been looted, vandalized and burned down.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6612/2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Ongoing atrocities turn country’s breadbasket into a killing field

Close to one million people forcibly displaced in Equatoria region, fuelling world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis Civilians shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt in their homes Women and girls abducted and gang-raped A new frontline in South Sudan’s conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the country’s fertile Equatoria region over the past year, creating ongoing atrocities, starvation and fear, according to a new Amnesty International briefing published today.

Date:
4 July 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Towards “silencing the guns by the year 2020”: A call for clear and tangible measures for addressing impunity for conflict-related violations in Africa

This statement calls on the 29th Assembly of the African Union heads of state and government to outline clear and tangible measures for addressing impunity for gross violations and abuses of international human rights and crimes under international law by parties to conflicts in Africa.

Date:
30 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6628/2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: 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
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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
  • Research
  • South Sudan
  • Armed Groups

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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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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
  • News
  • South Sudan
  • Refugees

Donors failing almost a million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

Rich countries are failing in their obligation to help Uganda support thousands of refugees fleeing death, rape and other human rights violations in South Sudan, said Amnesty International in a damning report launched ahead of a high-level donor summit in the Ugandan capital Kampala on 22-23 June. More than 900,000 refugees have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and sought safety in Uganda, but funding shortfalls mean that many of them are not receiving basic services such as food, water and shelter.

Date:
19 June 2017