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South Sudan: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and addressing the need for accountability for past and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations

We, the undersigned South Sudanese, regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to renew and strengthen the mandate and capacity of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (the Commission) to address the continued lack of accountability for severe, widespread and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, during the upcoming 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC).

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/5774/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Myanmar: National efforts to investigate Rakhine State violence are inadequate

National efforts to investigate human rights violations and possible crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar security forces in northern Rakhine State are not independent or credible and are unlikely to deliver justice, truth and reparations for victims and their families. The inability – or unwillingness – of the Myanmar authorities to independently and effectively investigate allegations of serious crimes under international law requires the international community to step-in to ensure accountability and prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation.

Date:
21 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5758/2017
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  • Syria
  • Unlawful Killings

Syria: Secret campaign of mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells and hanged to death. In five years, as many as 13,000 people, most of them civilians believed to be opposed to the government, were hanged in secret at Saydnaya.

Date:
7 February 2017
  • Research
  • Syria
  • Killings and Disappearances

Syria: Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced disappearance and extermination carried out at Saydnaya since 2011 have been perpetrated as part of an attack against the civilian population that has been widespread, as well as systematic, and carried out in furtherance of state policy.

Date:
7 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 24/5415/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: Flurry of settlement activity shows flagrant disregard for international law

The Israeli authorities’ authorization of the construction of 3,000 further illegal settlement homes in the occupied West Bank today - the fourth such announcement within weeks - highlights their shocking willingness to flout international law, said Amnesty International. In the weeks prior to this the Israeli authorities announced plans to build 3,219 more homes in the occupied West Bank including 719 homes in East Jerusalem.

Date:
1 February 2017
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  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Armed Conflict

Kyrgyzstan: Profound abuse of rights continues: Prisoner of conscience Azimjan Askarov remains behind bars

The decision of the Chui Regional Court on 24 January not to release prisoner of conscience Azimjan Askarov and overturn his conviction following its review of the case represents a grave setback for human rights in Kyrgyzstan. With the UN Human Rights Committee’s findings issued last year that human rights defender Azimjan Askarov should be immediately released, adequately compensated, and his conviction quashed, the justice system in Kyrgyzstan had the chance to right the wrongs committed against Azimjan Askarov.

Date:
24 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 58/5553/2017
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Amnesty International response to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s investigations

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), published a series of legal conclusions in August, October and December 2016 surrounding specific air strike incidents where concerns have been raised that international humanitarian law (IHL) may have been breached. Amnesty International has reviewed all publically available legal and factual conclusions and in response, has written today to Lieutenant General Mansour Ahmed Al-Mansour, legal advisor to the JIAT, to express the organization’s concern the JIAT’s investigations appear to be falling short of international standards including those of transparency, independence, impartiality and effectiveness.

Date:
16 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 31/5494/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Armed Conflict

Sri Lanka: Consultation Task Force report must lead to justice

As long as the Sri Lankan government ignores the findings of a taskforce, which examines crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses during the country’s decades-long internal conflict, justice, truth and reparation for thousands of families who have suffered deaths and disappearances will remain elusive, Amnesty International said today. The organization is dismayed by the Sri Lankan government’s casual disregard for the findings compiled by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF).

Date:
11 January 2017
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  • Central African Republic
  • Armed Groups

CAR: Urgent need to rebuild justice system as war crime suspects roam free

Individuals suspected of committing war crimes including killing and rape during the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) are evading investigation and arrest, and in some cases live side by side with their victims, Amnesty International said in a new report released today. The organization is calling for major investment to rebuild the country’s justice system and establish the Special Criminal Court (SCC) to help bring perpetrators to account.

Date:
11 January 2017
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  • Central African Republic
  • Armed Groups

Central African Republic: The long wait for justice: Accountability in Central African Republic

Impunity in Central African Republic (CAR) not only denies justice to thousands of victims of human rights violations and abuses, it also continues to fuel instability and conflict. This is why CAR’s political leaders, including newly elected President Faustin-Archange Touadera, and the international community have repeatedly promised measures to ensure accountability for crimes committed during years of conflict.

Date:
11 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 19/5425/2017
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  • Nigeria
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Nigeria: 1000 days since Chibok girls abduction, government must redouble efforts to secure freedom of all abductees

One thousand days after the chilling abduction of 276 school girls in Chibok, the Nigerian government must redouble its efforts to ensure the release of the girls, and all other victims of mass abduction, said Amnesty International. The organization is calling on Boko Haram to put an end to the girls’ suffering and immediately release them and all other civilians they are currently holding. “This terrible anniversary is a chilling reminder not just of the tragic disappearance of the Chibok school girls, but also all other individuals – many of whom are also children – who remain captive in Boko Haram’s hideouts across the country.

Date:
8 January 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Iraq: End irresponsible arms transfers fuelling militia war crimes

Militias allied to the Iraqi government have access to arms from at least 17 countries Recent arms transfers have fuelled enforced disappearances, abductions, torture, summary killings, and deliberate destruction of civilian property Iraq is the world’s sixth-largest importer of heavy weaponry Paramilitary militias nominally operating as part of the Iraqi armed forces in the fight against the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are using arms from Iraqi military stockpiles, provided by the USA, Europe, Russia and Iran, to commit war crimes, revenge attacks and other atrocities said Amnesty International in a new report today.

Date:
5 January 2017
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  • Iraq
  • Armed Conflict

Iraq: Turning a blind eye: The arming of the Popular Mobilization Units

Proliferation of arms and ammunition to militias across Iraq has had devastating impacts on civilians, dragging the country into a spiral of insecurity and instability. In the context of the conflict against IS, militias operating under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have extrajudicially executed, tortured and abducted thousands of men and boys. The PMU continue to use a wide range of arms and ammunition to commit or facilitate serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law with impunity.

Date:
5 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 14/5386/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

UN Security Council: Historic resolution calls on Israel to cease settlements

Following the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of a resolution calling on Israel to cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Sherine Tadros, Head of Amnesty International’s UN Office in New York, said: “At the close of a shameful year for the Security Council, where divisions repeatedly blocked the adoption of key resolutions to protect the most vulnerable, today’s decision to finally pass a resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements is a welcome step.

Date:
23 December 2016
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Arms embargo, sanctions fail at UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a 23 December, 2016, resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and placed a travel ban and asset freeze on three senior South Sudanese leaders was deeply disappointing, seven non-governmental groups said today. The measure failed to gain the nine votes needed to pass, with seven in favour and eight abstentions. “South Sudanese civilians had a reasonable expectation that the Security Council would make good on its long-standing threat to impose an arms embargo and extend sanctions to some of the senior leaders who have been responsible for grave human rights abuses,” said John Prendergast, founding director at the Enough Project.

Date:
23 December 2016