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Yemen: Activist detained by Huthi-Saleh forces must be freed

Yemen’s Huthi-Saleh forces must immediately and unconditionally release a leading political activist who has been arbitrarily detained in the capital Sana’a since 14 August without access to a lawyer or his family, Amnesty International has said. Hisham al-Omeisy, 38, was arbitrarily detained at approximately 2. 45pm on 14 August in Jawlat al-Misbahi, south Sana’a, when approximately 15 armed security officers from the National Security Bureau (NSB) took him away.

Date:
18 August 2017
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  • Colombia
  • Armed Conflict

Colombia: Recent collective displacements and violence indicate the lack of non-repetition guarantees for Chocó’s Indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombian communities

The Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, FARC), signed in November 2016, was a milestone in the history of the country and the region. On various occasions, Amnesty International has reiterated that effective implementation of the agreement in territories historically affected by the violence could guarantee non-repetition of crimes and ensure that future generations do not suffer in the same way.

Date:
16 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 23/6946/2017
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  • Libya
  • Armed Conflict

Libya: ICC arrest warrant for Special Forces commander raises hopes for justice

Responding to news that the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant today for the arrest of Mahmoud el-Werfelli, who is accused of war crimes for actions committed while he was Field Commander of the Special Forces Brigade (Al-Saiqa) affiliated to the Libyan National Army (LNA), Amnesty International’s North Africa Research Director Heba Morayef said: “Today’s decision by the ICC is a significant step towards ending the rampant impunity for war crimes in Libya.

Date:
15 August 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Ukraine: 76-year old Crimea Tatar protester in detention: Server Karametov

76-year old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov was arrested on 8 August by the de facto authorities in Crimea while engaging in a peaceful protest and sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention on charges of resisting police. He is a prisoner of conscience, with Parkinson’s disease, who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
10 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/6923/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Sri Lanka: Further information: Harassed priests granted fellowship abroad: Father Elil Rajendram

Since being summoned for questioning by the Sri Lankan police for hosting a memorial for the war dead, Father Elil Rajendran was successful in securing a court order directing the police not to question him further. In terms of his personal safety, he now has respite from harassment and is out of the country on a short-term Fellowship.

Date:
8 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/6780/2017
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  • Kenya
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Kenyan elections: Anxiety and unhealed wounds as 2007-8 victims return to the polls

A few hours to go to closely contested elections, Kenyans living in areas with a history of electoral violence are anxious. Survivors of previous electoral violence are still waiting for justice while root causes of electoral violence remain unresolved. Eldoret town saw some of the worst electoral violence 10 years ago following the 2007 General Elections. Amnesty International’s East Africa Researcher, Abdullahi Halakhe, visited Eldoret town ahead of the upcoming elections and spoke to survivors of the 2007-8 electoral violence.

Date:
7 August 2017
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  • Nigeria
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Nigeria: Long overdue judicial commission to probe human rights violations

Responding to Nigeria’s acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo setting up of a judicial commission to review compliance of armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, Osai Ojigho, Director, Amnesty International Nigeria said:  “We welcome the setting up of the judicial commission and its mandate to investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by Nigeria’s security agencies.

Date:
5 August 2017
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  • Mali
  • Terrorism

Mali: Violations and abuses as instability spreads

Since the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Mali in 2013, instability has spread from the north to the centre of the country, with a growing number of armed groups carrying out attacks. The state of emergency, first imposed in November 2015, has been repeatedly extended, most recently in April 2017. Amnesty International has consistently expressed its concern about a wide range of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law committed by Malian security forces and international forces on one hand, and armed groups on the other hand.

Date:
4 August 2017
Ref:
AFR 37/6835/2017
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  • Syria
  • Death Penalty

Syria: Rights groups condemn execution of human rights defender and software engineer Bassel Khartabil

The family of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian-Palestinian software engineer and free speech activist, confirmed that he had been subjected to an extrajudicial execution in October 2015. The undersigned human rights organisations condemn the extrajudicial execution of Khartabil and call for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Date:
2 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/6872/2017
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South Sudan: UN must boost civilian protection as Lacroix visits IDP camps

United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan (UNMISS) must shore up efforts to protect civilians, Amnesty International said ahead of a 31 July to 2 August country visit by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. According to UNMISS, Lacroix will meet with political leaders, humanitarian actors, and internally displaced people (IDPs) – including those sheltering in UNMISS-run sites in Malakal and Bentiu.

Date:
28 July 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Israeli forces attack peaceful crowds at Jerusalem holy site

To download available photographs click here Israeli forces attacked peaceful crowds of Palestinians as they gathered at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem this afternoon for the first time since Israel lifted recent security measures imposed at the site, according to Amnesty International staff at the scene. “Israeli forces started firing stun grenades, tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets into a peaceful crowd as they stood at the entrance of the al-Aqsa mosque compound and inside.

Date:
27 July 2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Armed Conflict

Myanmar: Release journalists facing prison over charges linked to reporting from Shan State

The Myanmar authorities must immediately and unconditionally release three journalists who were arrested in conflict-ridden northern Shan State last month, Amnesty International said ahead of their trial tomorrow. Aye Nai and Pyae Phone Aung, both reporters for the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and Thein Zaw (aka Lawi Weng), a reporter for the Irrawaddy newspaper, were arrested on 26 June, along with four other people they were travelling with.

Date:
27 July 2017
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Lebanon: Further investigation needed into deaths of Syrian refugees in military custody

The Lebanese authorities must disclose the full findings of their investigation into the deaths of four Syrian refugees, said Amnesty International, after the country’s military prosecutor yesterday revealed that a forensic report concluded that they had died of “natural causes”. The men died after they were arrested in a military raid on the town of Arsal on 30 June 2017. Forensic analysis of photographs showing the bodies of three of the four deceased men, commissioned by Amnesty International, reveals signs of recent beatings and trauma to the head, legs and arms suggesting they may have been tortured.

Date:
25 July 2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
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Israeli forces carry out violent hospital raids in ruthless display of force

Israeli soldiers and police stormed a Palestinian hospital twice over the past week terrifying staff and patients and in some cases preventing doctors from providing emergency medical care to critically injured patients, said Amnesty International today. The raids on al-Makassed hospital in East Jerusalem took place as tensions escalated in Jerusalem and across the West Bank in recent days following an Israeli government decision to place metal detectors and search worshipers at the entrance of Al-Aqsa mosque after the killing of two Israeli policemen at the site on 14 July.

Date:
25 July 2017
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  • Americas
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Still no peace in San José de Apartadó

San José de Apartadó has historically been hit hard by violence resulting from the armed conflict in Colombia. Despite having lived through terrible events, including forced displacement, targeted killings, raids by illegal armed actors and other grave human rights violations, the people of San José de Apartadó have provided an example of peaceful resistance to being drawn into the Colombian armed conflict.

Date:
24 July 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Armed Conflict

Afghanistan: Kabul bombing is a war crime

Responding to the deaths of 24 people and the wounding of 42 when a car packed with explosives rammed into a bus in western Kabul this morning, in an attack claimed by the Taliban, Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher, Horia Mosadiq, said: “This horrific attack deliberately targeted civilians and constitutes a war crime under international law. It was just yesterday that the people of Kabul were marking the one year anniversary of one of the deadliest attacks in the city’s history.

Date:
24 July 2017