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Uniting for Peace in Syria: Global Civil Society Appeal to UN Member States

The UN Security Council has failed Syrians. In almost six years of conflict, close to half a million people have been killed and eleven million have been forced to leave their homes. Most recently, the Syrian and Russian governments and their allies have carried out unlawful attacks on eastern Aleppo with scant regard for some 250,000 civilians trapped there. Armed opposition groups have also fired mortars and other projectiles into civilian neighbourhoods of western Aleppo, though according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, “indiscriminate airstrikes across the eastern part of the city by Government forces and their allies are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties.

Date:
1 December 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 24/5254/2016
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  • Americas
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Colombia: Peace agreement must open the door to justice

The ratification of the peace agreement marks the beginning of a new and hopeful chapter in Colombia’s history, but the real hard work starts now, Amnesty International said today. Last night, Congress ratified a revised version of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after the original deal was rejected by a referendum on 2 October.

Date:
1 December 2016
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Harrowing tales of IS abuses and militia revenge paint grim picture for justice for Mosul atrocities

As the battle to recapture Mosul from the grip of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) has unfolded in recent weeks, gruesome details have emerged of the group’s brutal rule. From reports of the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of 300 former police officers to the use of chemicals in attacks, there appears to be no end to the unimaginable horrors civilians have been forced to endure at the hands of IS.

Date:
29 November 2016
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  • Syria
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Syria: Civilians in eastern Aleppo city fear revenge attacks

Syrian government forces who have captured parts of eastern Aleppo city in recent days must ensure that civilians living in these areas are allowed to move freely and are protected from revenge attacks including arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearance or harassment, said Amnesty International today. Yesterday Syrian government forces took control of two neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo, Jabal Badro and Maskaen Hanano, where at least 100 families are currently living.

Date:
28 November 2016
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  • Yemen
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Yemen: Hospitals and medical workers under attack by anti-Huthi forces in Ta’iz

Anti-Huthi forces in Yemen’s southern city of Ta’iz are leading a campaign of harassment and intimidation against hospital staff and are endangering civilians by stationing fighters and military positions near medical facilities, said Amnesty International today. During a visit to Ta’iz earlier this month, the organization’s researchers interviewed 15 doctors, and other hospital staff, who described how members of anti-Huthi armed forces regularly harassed, detained or even threatened to kill them over the past six months.

Date:
23 November 2016
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UN must intensify scrutiny of Russia’s role in Syria

Ahead of a visit to Moscow by the incoming United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, on 24 and 25 November, Jane Connors, Amnesty International’s Director of International Advocacy said: “The incoming Secretary-General must ensure the UN system intensifies its scrutiny of Russia’s responsibility for violations of international law in the conflict in Syria. “António Guterres must use this visit to press the Russian authorities to end unlawful attacks in Syria – including the pattern of airstrikes that appear deliberately to target hospitals and medical facilities in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

Date:
23 November 2016
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Afghanistan: Attack on Shi'a mosque is a horrific crime

Reacting to the bombing of the Baqir-ul Ulom mosque in western Kabul, which killed at least 28 people and wounded 45 others, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said: "The attack on a Shi'a mosque in Kabul is a horrific and deliberate attack on civilians. The Afghan authorities must investigate this crime immediately and bring the perpetrators to justice. They have a duty to take effective measures to protect Shi'a Muslims from attacks and end impunity for previous abuses against the Shi'a community.

Date:
21 November 2016
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Death of human rights activist who led efforts to uncover fate of Lebanon's disappeared

In response to the death of Ghazi Aad, founder of Support of Lebanese in Detention and Exile (SOLIDE), a human rights organization that has been working for almost three decades to reveal the fates and whereabouts of thousands of people who went missing in Lebanon during and after its war, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Research at the Beirut Regional office, Lynn Maalouf, said: “For three decades Ghazi Aad dedicated his life to campaigning tirelessly to seek truth, justice and reparation on behalf of victims of abductions and enforced disappearance and their families.

Date:
16 November 2016
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  • Iraq
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Iraq: Deadly suicide attacks claim civilian lives

Multiple suicide attacks in Iraq demonstrate yet again the contempt of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) for sparing civilians, and raise further fears for the safety of civilians still trapped in territories under IS-control, as battles to oust the group from Mosul and surrounding areas rage on. At least 19 people were killed and another 16 were injured on 14 November in multiple suicide attacks in the governorates of Anbar and Karbala.

Date:
15 November 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 14/5142/2016
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The battle for Mosul: Tales of horror emerge as thousands flee clashes to oust IS

“When we came here, we walked past our village. I would walk and cry, looking around at all the destroyed houses. Everything had fallen. ” This lament of an elderly woman from a village near Mosul plainly states how so many people in northern Iraq have lost so much, so quickly. When Amnesty International spoke to her in an internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq last week, like many others from the villages and suburbs east of Mosul, she had fled the ongoing fighting between Iraqi and coalition armed forces and the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), bringing little more than the clothes on her back and harrowing tales of life under IS rule and under mortars and air strikes.

Date:
11 November 2016
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  • Iraq
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Investigate reports Iraqi forces tortured and killed villagers near Mosul in ‘cold blood’

The Iraqi authorities must urgently investigate reports that fighters wearing Iraqi Federal Police uniforms tortured and extrajudicially executed residents in villages they captured south of Mosul, said Amnesty International. Researchers from the organization visited several villages in the al-Shura and al-Qayyara sub-districts of Ninewa governorate, south-west and south of Mosul, and gathered evidence indicating that up to six people were extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS).

Date:
10 November 2016
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  • Iraq
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Iraq: Kurdish authorities bulldoze homes and banish hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk

Kurdish authorities have carried out a wave of attacks, demolishing the homes and driving out hundreds of Arabs from Kirkuk, as apparent revenge for an attack carried out by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) on 21 October, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. The briefing, ‘Where are we supposed to go?’: Destruction and forced displacement in Kirkuk, highlights how hundreds of Sunni Arab residents, including many who fled fighting and insecurity in nearby governorates, have been expelled from Kirkuk.

Date:
7 November 2016
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  • Iraq
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Iraq: ‘Where are we supposed to go?’ Destruction and forced displacement in Kirkuk

Arabs displaced to Kirkuk and Arab residents of the governorate have suffered a backlash following the deadly and well co-ordinated surprise attack by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State on Kirkuk governorate on 21 October. Amnesty International’s research reveals that, in response to the attack, the authorities in Kirkuk have demolished the homes of hundreds of Sunni Arab residents of Kirkuk and Arabs who had fled there from the governorates of Anbar, Diyala and Salah al-Din, forcibly displacing hundreds of families to camps or expelling them from Kirkuk governorate.

Date:
7 November 2016
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 14/5094/2016
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Syria: Fears of civilian carnage in Aleppo amid threat of impending assault on city

Fears for the safety of civilians in eastern and western Aleppo city are mounting amid the looming threat of a resumption and possible escalation of fighting and bombardment by Syrian government forces with Russian support, and non-state armed groups once a humanitarian pause comes to an end later today, said Amnesty International today. Media reports indicate that a fleet of Russian warships have made their way to Latakia on the Syrian coast in recent days indicating that Syrian and Russian forces are preparing a final bloody assault to seize control of the city.

Date:
4 November 2016
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Tribal militia tortured detainees in revenge attacks during Mosul offensive

Militia fighters from the Sab’awi tribe have unlawfully detained, publicly humiliated and tortured or otherwise ill-treated men and boys in villages south-east of Mosul that were recaptured from the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) in recent days, said Amnesty International. The organization’s researchers on the ground in Iraq interviewed local officials and eyewitnesses including villagers who described how members of the Sab’awi Tribal Mobilization militia (Hashd al-‘Ashairi) carried out punitive revenge attacks.

Date:
2 November 2016