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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
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  • Africa
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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
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  • South Sudan
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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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  • Myanmar
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Myanmar: "All the civilians suffer" : Conflict, displacement, and abuse in Northern Myanmar

Over the last seven months, fighting has intensified between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan States, areas with long-running conflicts as ethnic minorities have sought greater autonomy and respect for their rights. This report documents war crimes and other human rights violations by the Myanmar Army, including extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, and indiscriminate shelling.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6429/2017
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Myanmar: Ethnic minorities face range of violations including war crimes in northern conflict

CHINESEBURMESE   Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan States, Amnesty International said today in a new report based on three recent trips to the conflict area. ‘All the Civilians Suffer’: Conflict, Displacement and Abuse in Northern Myanmar details how soldiers from the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s Armed Forces are known, mete out torture and extrajudicial executions, shell civilian villages indiscriminately and place punitive restrictions on movement and humanitarian access.

Date:
14 June 2017
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: International Commission of Inquiry needed to ensure justice, truth and reparation for human rights violations and abuses in the Kasai region

Item 10: Amnesty International written statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council (6 - 23 June 2017). Violent conflict in the Kasai region, which has forced 1. 3 million people to flee their homes, requires urgent and immediate action from the UN Human Rights Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other crimes under international law committed by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have contributed to a conflict now affecting eight provinces in which an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed.

Date:
12 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6421/2017
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Philippines: Trapped residents must be protected in Marawi onslaught

The protection of residents trapped in Marawi City must be ensured by all parties to the ongoing armed confrontation between the Philippine Armed Forces and Maute group said Amnesty International. The Philippine government has an obligation to protect the lives of trapped residents, who may also be facing severe shortages of food and water. In light of the huge risks to the lives of those trapped, residents must be able to safely evacuate from the city.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/6428/2017
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Afghanistan: Kabul bombing is horrific act of deliberate violence

Responding to today’s bombing in Kabul that has claimed the lives of 80 people and injured at least 350, Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher Horia Mosadiq said: “The bombing in Kabul is a horrific act of violence and a heartbreaking reminder of the toll that Afghan civilians continue to pay in a conflict where armed groups deliberately target them and the government fails to protect them.

Date:
31 May 2017
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  • Central African Republic
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Central African Republic: Justice now: Towards lasting peace in the Central African Republic

Conflict and military coups have torn apart the lives of the people of the Central African Republic for decades. Since the renewed violence in 2013, the population has been affected by brutal human rights abuses and violations, as well as crimes under international law committed across the country by all parties to the conflict, mostly the anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka armed groups. As the country seeks to rebuild, impunity for perpetrators of gross human rights violations and crimes under international law continues to threaten peace and stability.

Date:
10 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 19/6140/2017
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Central African Republic: New campaign urges justice for crimes committed during the armed conflict

• Members of armed groups who committed rapes and killings remain at large • CAR public demands accountability for crimes• Amnesty International and CAR civil society call for justice and reparation for victims in #CARJustice campaign Amnesty International and civil society organisations in Central African Republic (CAR) are today launching a national campaign urging authorities in CAR to tackle a deeply entrenched culture of impunity which has prevented thousands of victims of human rights abuses and crimes under international law from receiving any form of justice.

Date:
10 May 2017
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  • Nigeria
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Nigeria: Osai Ojigho joins Amnesty International Nigeria as new Country Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce that human rights lawyer Osai Ojigho joins the organization as Country Director in the Nigeria national office. The appointment underscores Amnesty International’s commitment to Africa’s most populous country, and ensures a strong presence in order to challenge suspected perpetrators of human rights abuses more effectively – including armed groups like Boko Haram, multinational corporations and the Nigerian authorities.

Date:
26 April 2017
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Nepal: Need Effective Steps to Enforce Court Verdicts

Rule of Law Should Prevail, Not Political Protectionism Nepali authorities should immediately take effective steps to enforce the landmark Kavre district court murder verdict for the 2004 torture and killing of teenage Maina Sunuwar, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said today. On 16 April 2017, the Kavre district court sentenced three army officers to life imprisonment for the murder of Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old girl who was tortured in army custody and died as a result in February 2004.

Date:
20 April 2017
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UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara must urgently monitor human rights

The UN must prioritize human rights monitoring for the situation in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps across the border in Tindouf, Algeria, Amnesty International urged ahead of a Security Council vote next week on 27 April to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping presence in the area. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) does not currently have a mandate to document or report on the human rights situation despite the fact that abuses continue to be committed by both the Moroccan authorities and the Polisario Front, a Sahrawi pro-independence movement, which administers Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, southern Algeria.

Date:
18 April 2017