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South Africa: Five years on, Marikana victims still wait for justice

Victims of the bloody tragedy at Marikana, in which 34 protesters were killed and at least 70 were injured by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) during a mining strike, are still awaiting justice five years on, Amnesty International said today. The organization is calling on the South African authorities to ensure that those suspected of criminal responsibility in relation to the 2012 killings are brought to trial, and that the victims and their families receive reparations, including adequate compensation.

Date:
14 August 2017
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  • Americas
  • Business and Human Rights

Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction

The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal and other side projects that will affect the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people and might leave many homeless. Danger: Rights for sale. The Interoceanic Grand Canal project in Nicaragua and the erosion of human rights reveals how the obscure legal framework that led to the concession of the project, without genuine consultation with all affected communities, violates a catalogue of national and international standards on human rights and might lead to the forced eviction of hundreds of families.

Date:
3 August 2017
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Business and Human Rights

DRC: Child labourers must not pay the price for UK’s shift to electric vehicles

Responding to the UK government’s commitment to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040, Mark Dummett, Business and Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said: “This is good news for the environment and for air quality, but drivers should be aware that while electric cars may be green, they’re not always clean. “Our research shows that there is a significant risk of cobalt mined by children and adults in appalling conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo ending up in the batteries of electric cars.

Date:
26 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

12 ways your support means Amnesty works

Put simply, without the support of people like you, we couldn’t achieve the many things we do year in and year out. It’s thanks to your action, your determination and your continuous support that Amnesty can transform the lives of people and communities worldwide. Here’s what so many of you have helped us do so far this year. WORKING FOR INDIVIDUALS 1. Opposition leaders freed in Gambia On 30 January, opposition party members Amadou Sanneh, Malang Fatty and his brother Alhagie Sambou Fatty were finally freed in Gambia following more than three years of campaigning by Amnesty supporters.

Date:
17 July 2017
  • Research
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Guatemala: Business associations must refrain from stigmatizing human rights defenders or discrediting their work

Following a series of statements from different business associations challenging the legitimate work of the Guatemalan Center for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS) in legally challenging the licenses granted to the San Rafael mining company in San Rafael Las Flores municipality, Guatemala, Amnesty International urgently calls upon Guatemala’s business associations and businesses to refrain from making statements aimed at discrediting or stigmatizing people who are defending indigenous rights and the right to a clean environment.

Date:
13 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6738/2017
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  • India
  • Armed Conflict

India must ask Israel to end mass human rights violations against Palestinians

During his official visit to Israel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ask Israel to immediately lift the illegal 10 year blockade of Gaza and raise the issue of 50 years of illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land, Amnesty International India said today. This is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister since establishment of diplomatic relations 25 years ago. “Prime Minister Modi must tell his Israeli counterparts that the illegal settlements are a violation of international humanitarian law and cause of mass violations of human rights.

Date:
5 July 2017
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  • Canada
  • Indigenous People

Canada: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Amnesty International presents this submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the Committee) on the occasion of the review of Canada’s twenty-first to twenty-third periodic reports during the Committee’s 93rd Session. Although Canada has undertaken certain positive steps since the Committee’s last review of Canada in 2012, many of the obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (the Convention) remain unimplemented.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 20/6620/2017
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  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

Nigeria: In the dock: Shell's complicity in the arbitrary execution of the Ogoni Nine

In November 1995, the Nigerian state arbitrarily executed nine men after a blatantly unfair trail. The executions led to global condemnation. Officially accused of involvement in murder, the men had in fact been put on trial because they had challenged the devastating impact of oil production by the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell, in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta. This briefing examines the role played by the Shell in the unfair trial and arbitrary execution of the Ogoni Nine.

Date:
29 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6604/2017
  • Research
  • Business and Human Rights

Amnesty International recommendations to the G20 on global supply chains

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 ensuring respect for human rights in global supply chains, which if implemented would demonstrate their global leadership in these areas.

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 30/6581/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Business and Human Rights

FIFA must challenge Russia's human rights record

By Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International When the whistle blows in St. Petersburg's Zenit Arena on Saturday, signaling the start of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, not everyone will be in the mood to cheer. Scores of people in Russia will be spending the weekend in jail after being swept up in the Russian authorities' crackdown on anti-corruption protests on Monday.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • Blog
  • Nepal
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Exploitation of Nepali migrant worker: Madhu's Story

This is the second in a three-part series which shines light on some of the realities faced by Nepali migrant workers throughout the three stages of the migration process: their recruitment; time in-country; and their return home. You can read the first blog here. “Madhu” went to Saudi Arabia to work in a beauty parlour, but was instead involuntarily confined to her employer’s house for more than two years.

Date:
13 June 2017
  • Research
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Armed Conflict

Israel/OPT: A Call to States to Stop Sustaining Illegal Settlements

As the world marks the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as the Golan Heights, the Israeli authorities are reinvigorating their relentless expansion of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), with devastating consequences for the human rights of Palestinians. Amnesty International is therefore calling on states to take measures to stop the financial support and expansion of settlements by prohibiting settlement goods from entering their markets and by regulating and preventing corporations domiciled in their territory from operating in settlements or trading in settlement products.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/6296/2017
  • Blog
  • Nepal
  • Business and Human Rights

Exploitation of Nepali migrant workers: Aadinath’s story

This is the first blog in a series showing light on some of the stark realities faced by Nepali migrant workers. This is the story of “Aadinath”, who accumulated a staggering debt – the equivalent of over two years of his annual income – before he had even left Nepal due to fees he had to pay a recruitment agency. This crippling indebtedness left him with no choice but to enter into exploitative working conditions.

Date:
5 June 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

Nigerian and International civil society call for clean-up of oil pollution in the Niger Delta to finally begin

Today, Environmental Rights Action, Amnesty International, and Friends of the Earth Europe called for the immediate clean-up of oil pollution in Ogoniland in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, in line with recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its landmark 2011 study of the region. One year since the Nigerian Government officially launched a clean-up programme in Ogoniland, communities affected by decades of oil spills are still waiting for actual action on the ground to begin.

Date:
2 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6411/2017