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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: 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
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Time to rein in Myanmar's Army and protect civilians trapped in northern conflict

When Ngau Masar watched her husband Le Mei Tah speed off on his motorbike on the morning of 4 December 2016, little did she know she might never see him again. Two weeks earlier, heavy fighting had prompted the family to flee to China from their village in northern Myanmar. When they returned, they joined thousands of others in makeshift camps near the border. Soldiers remained ubiquitous in the area’s villages, where some houses showed damage from airstrikes.

Date:
19 June 2017
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Response to Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations

Responding to the summary of the report by a the Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations, Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria said: “We stand by the findings of our research and our call for an investigation that is independent, impartial and thorough; criteria that this panel clearly does not meet. We maintain that the nine senior commanders named in our report should be the subject of an effective and independent investigation.

Date:
15 June 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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States must ban Israeli settlement products to help end half a century of violations

The international community must ban the import of all goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements and put an end to the multimillion dollar profits that have fuelled mass human rights violations against Palestinians, said Amnesty International today. To mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, the organization is launching a new campaign calling on states across the world to prohibit settlement goods from their markets and to prevent their companies from operating in settlements or trading in settlement goods.

Date:
7 June 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: 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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Indonesia: Human Rights Council must ensure strong recommendations at human rights review

States must ensure that strong recommendations are made when Indonesia’s human rights record is examined under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the third time on 3 May 2017. Since Indonesia’s last review in 2012, the human rights situation on the ground has stagnated. The Indonesian authorities have either ignored, or only partially implemented the numerous recommendations made by other states. States participating in the review must call on Indonesia to take the UPR process seriously and implement all the recommendations it committed to in its previous two reviews.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6156/2017
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International Law Commission: commentary to the Third Report on crimes against humanity

In this new paper about the draft Convention on crimes against humanity, Amnesty International notes its serious concerns regarding the existing legal and practical framework for state cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity; welcomes several provisions proposed this year by professor Sean D. Murphy in his Third Report (advance copy) and also suggests improvements on some new draft articles.

Date:
7 April 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5817/2017