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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

The human rights violators’ playbook: how to respond to an Amnesty International report

By Anna Neistat, Amnesty International's Senior Director of Research When Amnesty International (Amnesty) released a report documenting the mass hanging of thousands of prisoners in Syria’s Saydnaya Prison, the Syrian government was put on the back foot. President Bashar al-Assad himself responded, calling our report “childish” and “biased”, and even laughed as he said he didn’t know what went on in Saydnaya as he was "in the Presidential Palace”.

Date:
22 February 2017
  • Research
  • Philippines
  • Death Penalty

Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote

Ahead of the first vote on the proposed legislative amendments to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines, the undersigned organizations are calling on the country’s lawmakers to uphold its international law obligations and vote against the measure. The move would set the Philippines against its positive achievements in this area and the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty.

Date:
19 February 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/5741/2017
  • Research
  • Death Penalty

High-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty: The death penalty and the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment - Written statement to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council

This written statement sets out Amnesty International's concerns in relation to the death penalty and the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty absolutely, in all cases without exception, regardless of the nature or circumstances of the crime; guilt, innocence or other characteristics of the individual; or the method used by the State to carry out the execution.

Date:
17 February 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5734/2017
  • Research
  • Malaysia
  • Death Penalty

Malaysia: Commutation of death sentence must lead to a moratorium on further executions

Amnesty International has received information indicating that the King of Malaysia commuted the death sentence imposed on Nigerian national Osariakhi Ernest Obayangbon, whose execution had been scheduled for the early hours of 14 March 2014. Amnesty International was notified about the execution just over 24 hours before it was due to take place and immediately began campaigning on his behalf. The organization encourages the Malaysian government to build on this positive development and immediately establish a moratorium on all executions.

Date:
9 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ACT 50/5656/2017
  • Research
  • Thailand
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Thailand: Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee

Amnesty International provides this submission to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee) in advance of the examination of the second periodic report of Thailand at the 119th session of the Committee scheduled for March 2017. The submission features information in relation to Amnesty International’s research on torture and other ill-treatment as well as restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

Date:
7 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/5624/2017
  • News
  • Iran
  • Death Penalty

Iran: Hanging of man arrested as a teenager looms amid spike in juvenile executions

The Iranian authorities must immediately stop the execution of a man arrested for a crime committed while he was 17 years old, said Amnesty International, ahead of his scheduled execution on 11 February. Hamid Ahmadi’s execution was initially scheduled for 4 February but his family were informed today that it has been postponed by a week. Hamid Ahmadi was convicted, following an unfair trial marred by torture allegations, over the fatal stabbing of a young man during a fight between him and four others in Siahkal, Gilan Province in 2008.

Date:
2 February 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Death Penalty

Iran: Further information: Iranian man arrested at 17 faces imminent execution: Hamid Ahmadi

Hamid Ahmadi, an Iranian man arrested as a juvenile, is at imminent risk of execution. He has been transferred to solitary confinement in Lakan prison in Rasht, northern Iran, in preparation for his execution on 4 February. He was 17 years old when he was arrested for the fatal stabbing of a young man during a fight between him and four others in 2008.

Date:
30 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 13/5594/2017
  • News
  • Kuwait
  • Death Penalty

Kuwait carries out seven executions in deeply alarming setback for human rights

In response to the news that the Kuwaiti authorities have carried out seven executions by hanging this morning for the first time since 2013, Samah Hadid Deputy Director for Campaigns at Amnesty International’s regional office in Beirut said: “Today’s execution of seven people - including five foreign nationals - is a shocking and deeply regrettable step backwards for Kuwait. “By choosing to resume executions now the Kuwaiti authorities have displayed a wanton disregard for the right to life and signalled a willingness to weaken human rights standards.

Date:
25 January 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Death Penalty

Iraq: Execution of 31 piles injustice on top of bloodshed

The mass execution of 31 men in Iraq, which was announced yesterday, for their alleged role in mass killings in 2014 is further proof of the Iraqi authority’s blatant disregard for human rights and misguided use of the death penalty in the name of security, said Amnesty International. Local authorities confirmed to Amnesty International that they yesterday received the 31 bodies in Samarrah, Salah al-Din governorate, which were then transferred to the city’s hospital for purposes of being collected by their families, who have commenced to do so.

Date:
24 January 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Human rights priorities for the new African Union Commission chairperson

The election of a new chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) is scheduled to take place during the 28th African Union Summit (22-31 January 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). In this statement, Amnesty International outlines six human rights issues that the organization believes should be the priorities of the new chairperson upon taking up the mantle of leadership.

Date:
23 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 01/5511/2017