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South Sudan: Release all people arbitrarily detained amid the conflict

South Sudanese authorities must release all people detained without charge by the security agencies, including 28 men currently held at the headquarters of the national intelligence agency in the capital Juba, said Amnesty International’s Secretary General today in an open letter to President Salva Kiir. The call comesafter the president publicly pledged to release all political detainees. “Hundreds of people, mostly men, have been arrested without charge by security agents and held in torturous conditions for long periods of time, since the conflict began more than three years ago.

Date:
28 March 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate, an opportunity to recommit to civilian protection in the DRC

The mandate renewal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is an opportunity for the UN to reaffirm its commitments and step up its efforts to prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation and protect civilians in the DRC and the entire Great Lakes region, Amnesty International said today.

Date:
27 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5971/2017
  • News
  • Belarus
  • Demonstrations

Belarus: Vicious crackdown on peaceful protests mars ‘Freedom Day’

Belarusian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested before and during peaceful protests and end their vicious crackdown against demonstrators, Amnesty International said after dozens of ‘Freedom Day’ demonstrators were violently arrested and human rights observers detained. Amnesty International’s monitors witnessed the arrest of dozens of peaceful protesters at demonstrations in Minsk, and saw instances of excessive use of force by the police.

Date:
25 March 2017
  • News
  • Rwanda
  • Unlawful Detention

Rwanda: Detained pregnant wife of activist to appear in court

British national Violette Uwamahoro, the pregnant wife of a political opposition activist living in exile, who was arrested by Rwandan authorities and held incommunicado, will make her first appearance in court at a bail hearing in the capital Kigali tomorrow, said Amnesty International. Violette Uwamahoro, who lives in the UK with her two children, disappeared in Kigali on 14 February. She had returned to the country to attend her father’s funeral.

Date:
21 March 2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Since 2015, Amnesty International has documented patterns of human rights violations and crimes under international law linked to the end of President Kabila’s second and last constitutional term. We have documented the use of disproportionate, excessive and lethal force by the security forces in handling demonstrations.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5917/2017
  • Research
  • Libya
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Amnesty International welcomes the report of the High Commissioner and echoes its concerns about the continued state of lawlessness in Libya. It is regrettable that despite the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement in December 2015, armed groups and militias continue to commit serious violations and abuses in a climate of impunity.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 19/5918/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Saudi Arabia: Further information: Two Sudanese dissidents interrogated for activism: Elgassim Mohamed Seed Ahmed and Elwaleed Imam Hassan Taha

Two Sudanese nationals, who till 13 February had been held incommunicado in Saudi Arabia since their arrest on 21 December 2016, have been interrogated by the Saudi Arabian authorities about their social media activism and are now awaiting trial. They have been told they could face deportation to Sudan where they would be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. They are prisoners of conscience.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 23/5897/2017
  • News
  • Madagascar
  • Unlawful Detention

Madagascar: Free environmental activist detained for political reasons

The Malagasy authorities must immediately and unconditionally release an environmental activist detained on politically motivated charges, Amnesty International said in a letter to the government. Today marks exactly six months since Clovis Razafimalala was detained for allegedly destroying public property and documents in a protest that he never attended. He was subsequently charged with rebellion, destruction of public documents and goods, and arson.

Date:
16 March 2017
  • Research
  • Syria
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

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
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Amnesty International’s Oral Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

From the start of the current crisis, the Government of Burundi has stifled the work of independent media and civil society, although, despite major restrictions on their work, NGOs continue to document and report serious human rights violations in the country. Since this Council discussed Burundi in September 2016, more restrictive measures have been imposed, including the closure of several human rights organizations and introduction of new controls on the work of NGOs.

Date:
13 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/5863/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Unlawful Detention

Iran: Further information: Doctor on hunger strike after dismissal of lawyer: Dr Ahmadreza Djalali

Iranian academic Dr Ahmadreza Djalali has resumed his hunger strike and has said he has stopped taking liquids as well as food. He is protesting his ongoing detention and the authorities’ refusal to grant him access to a lawyer of his choice. He has said that he would “rather die from his hunger strike than be convicted of baseless charges”.

Date:
2 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/5807/2017