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  • 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
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  • Bangladesh
  • Detention

Bangladesh: Further information: Detained without charge since July 2016 cafe attack: Hasnat Karim

2 July 2017 marks the one year anniversary of Hasnat Karim’s arrest and detention. He was caught up in the attack on a restaurant in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on 1 July 2016 and has been held in jail without charge since. His health is rapidly deteriorating in prison where he continues to be denied specialised medical care by prison authorities.

Date:
30 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 13/6629/2017
  • Research
  • Terrorism

Amnesty International Recommendations to the G20 on human rights in the context of countering terrorism

The G20 Summit, which this year focuses on ‘Shaping an Interconnected World’, is an important opportunity for G20 countries to affirm their collective commitment to ensuring that human rights are a fundamental part of the framework of the developing global interconnectivity, thus setting an important example to the rest of the world. Amnesty International is providing a set of recommendations to G20 countries on the importance of placing human rights at the heart of counter-terror measures which, if implemented, would demonstrate their global leadership in this area.

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 30/6583/2017
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  • Iran
  • Terrorism

Iran: Attack at mausoleum and parliament a horrific assault on human life

The group calling itself Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for today’s suicide bombing and gun attack at parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the first Leader of Islamic Republic, which killed a number of people and injured dozens in Tehran. In response, Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: “The coordinated attack today at parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum was a brutal and deliberate assault on civilians carried out in cold blood.

Date:
7 June 2017
  • Research
  • Pakistan
  • Terrorism

Pakistan: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 120th Session, 3-28 July 2017

This submission provides information about some of the violations of several substantive rights set out in the Covenant with reference to the use of the death penalty, including by military courts, enforced disappearances, the blasphemy law, and the growing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression. The human rights violations that the submission draws attention to are interconnected, and linked to ongoing armed conflicts, political violence, and Pakistan’s National Action Plan to counter-terrorism.

Date:
1 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6380/2017
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  • Tunisia
  • Terrorism

Tunisia: Changes to passport law will ease arbitrary restrictions on travel

Key legislative amendments approved by the Tunisian Parliament this week are a positive step towards ending some of the discriminatory and disproportionate restrictions on freedom of movement in Tunisia, said Amnesty International. The changes to the 1975 Law on Passports, passed on 23 May, include new provisions requiring that reasons are provided for decisions to impose travel bans or withdraw passports, that people affected by a travel ban are informed of the decision promptly, and guaranteeing that they have the right to challenge the decision.

Date:
26 May 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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  • Tunisia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Tunisia: Journalists prosecuted for criticizing conduct of security forces

The convictions of two journalists for criticizing a violent raid by security forces on their family home in Tozeur must be overturned, said Amnesty International ahead of their appeal tomorrow. The two journalists have experienced constant harassment from the security forces who regularly raid their home, purportedly to search for their brother who is suspected of having extreme religious views. Salam Malik, president of the Tunisian Union for Media Association and director of the radio station "Djerid FM", was sentenced to six months in prison by a court in Tozeur on Wednesday 10 May.

Date:
15 May 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Justice Systems

Draconian amendments to Egyptian laws spell further disaster for human rights

A set of legislative amendments approved by the Egyptian parliament last week in the name of security will sanction mass arbitrary arrests, enable indefinite detention without charge or trial and will severely undermine fair trial guarantees, Amnesty International said in a statement published today. The amendments were rushed through parliament after last week’s deadly bombings of three Coptic churches in Egypt that left 44 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Date:
19 April 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Terrorism

Egypt: Authorities must address sectarian violence, not abuse emergency powers

Emergency measures included in a declaration of a state of emergency by President Abdelfattah al-Sissi in the aftermath of three deplorable church bombings in Egypt will do little to resolve the root causes of sectarian attacks against Copts in Egypt and are likely to lead to a further deterioration in human rights, Amnesty International said today. The Islamic State armed group (IS) claimed responsibility for the synchronized bombings in Tanta and another two in Alexandria which targeted Palm Sunday church services and left at least 44 dead.

Date:
10 April 2017
  • Research
  • UN

Call for applications and proposed criteria for selection and appointment of a new UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

The Human Rights Council will appoint a new Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism at its 35th regular session in June 2017. Amnesty International, Alkarama Foundation, the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Service for Human Rights and the World Organization against Torture, call on States, NGOs and others, including relevant professional networks, to use the checklist attached to identify eligible candidates for consideration for the upcoming vacancy.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5902/2017
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  • Tunisia
  • Unlawful Detention

Tunisia: Abuses in the name of security threatening reforms

Tunisian security forces’ reliance on the brutal tactics of the past, including torture, arbitrary arrests, detentions and restrictions on travel of suspects as well as harassment of their family members, is threatening Tunisia’s road to reform, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. In response to a series of armed attacks since March 2015 which shook the country, the authorities have stepped up security measures, increasingly relying on emergency laws, many of which are inconsistent with human rights obligations.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Detention

USA: Call for human rights vetting as Deputy CIA Director announced

On 2 February 2017, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced that President Donald Trump had selected Gina Haspel to be the new Deputy Director of CIA. The announcement noted that Gina Haspel joined the agency in 1985 and had held “numerous senior leadership positions at CIA”. Gina Haspel’s previous positions at the CIA during a time that crimes under international law are known to have been committed by the agency raise some serious concerns and questions.

Date:
3 February 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/5620/2017
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  • Algeria
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Suggested recommendations to States considered during the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review, 1 – 12 May 2017

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for 13 states - Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia and United Kingdom - coming up for review in the 27th session of the UPR Working Group on 1-12 May 2017 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
1 February 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5941/2017