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South Sudan: Open Letter from Secretary-General Salil Shetty to President Salva Kiir on prolonged detentions, enforced disappearances, and reported deaths while in government custody

Your Excellency, in your address to the people of South Sudan on 10 March 2017, on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer, you announced your plans to release from detention Generals Elias Waya and Andrea Dominic as well as “any other political detainees. ” Since the start of South Sudan’s ongoing conflict in December 2013, the National Security Service (NSS) and the Military Intelligence Directorate have carried out hundreds of arbitrary arrests, prolonged detentions and enforced disappearances of individuals perceived as government opponents.

Date:
28 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/5970/2017
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Together we are stronger

As a relative of a young man killed by the police in Kingston, Jamaica, many people have asked me how my family copes with the pain, with having lost a part of us, with the immense frustration of not having found justice for Nakiea. The answer is not easy. Some days, the strength to continue fighting for justice comes from within, others, from the support we have received from so many people from around the world.

Date:
22 March 2017
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Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro

A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL) was sentenced on Monday 20 March, his wife told Amnesty International.

Date:
21 March 2017
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UAE: Further information: Human rights defender's whereabouts unknown: Ahmed Mansoor

Prominent Emirati human rights defender and blogger Ahmed Mansoor was arrested at his home in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 20 March. His whereabouts are unknown. Amnesty International fears that he has been subjected to enforced disappearance and is at risk of torture and other ill treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/5923/2017
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Syria:Amnesty International urges an independent international investigation into human rights violations in Syria

Amnesty International estimates that since 2011, 17,723 persons have died as a result of torture or other ill-treatment in detention centres across Syria. As many as 13,000 individuals have been killed in a widespread and systematic practice of extrajudicial executions, carried out in weekly mass hangings in Saydnaya Military Prison. Moreover, in the past six years, tens of thousands have been subjected to enforced disappearance, the majority at the hands of government forces.

Date:
20 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/5914/2017
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UAE Decision not to release Osama al-Najjar ‘indefensible’

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities must immediately release 28 year old activist Osama al-Najjar said Amnesty International the day following the expiry of his prison sentence. Osama al-Najjar was arrested on 17 March 2014 and sentenced to three years in prison after sending tweets to the Minister of Interior expressing concern that his father had been ill-treated in prison. Amnesty International considers both men to be prisoners of conscience.

Date:
18 March 2017
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: SADC leaders should give prominence to addressing human rights violations to prevent further deterioration of the stability of the Great Lakes region

Amnesty International has written to the Heads of State of the Southern African Development Community ahead of the Extraordinary Summit on 18 March in Swaziland on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5909/2017
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Iran: Joint letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International and 40 other human rights and civil society groups have written a joint letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on them to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/5892/2017
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Syria: Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic : UN Human Rights Council Thirty-fourth session

Amnesty International calls on the government of Syria to put an end to extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and torture and other ill-treatment and make clear to all government forces and militias that such violations will not be tolerated.

Date:
14 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 24/5868/2017