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Venezuela: Country at breaking point as opposition leaders seized from homes

The seizure of two opposition leaders in Caracas late last night is a telling sign that the Maduro administration is desperate to silence all forms of criticism as the political and humanitarian crisis in the country approaches breaking point, Amnesty International said. “The Maduro administration is sending a terrifying message to all people in Venezuela: dissent will not be tolerated in any form,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
1 August 2017
  • News
  • Uganda
  • Unlawful Detention

Uganda: Arrest of dozens for attending peaceful meetings is absurd

Responding to the Ugandan police’s announcement that they have arrested 56 people for allegedly holding illegal meetings under the deeply-flawed Public Order Management Act (POMA), Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The Ugandan police are no strangers to making arrests in utter disregard for constitutionally-guaranteed rights, but this most recent case is patently absurd.

Date:
21 July 2017
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Groups

Cameroon: Amnesty report reveals war crimes in fight against Boko Haram, including horrific use of torture

• Detainees subjected to severe beatings, agonising stress positions and drownings, with some tortured to death • Widespread torture at 20 sites, including four military bases, two facilities run by intelligence services, a private residence and a school • Calls for US and other international partners to investigate their military personnel’s possible knowledge of torture at one base  Hundreds of people in Cameroon accused of supporting Boko Haram, often without evidence, are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • Research
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Conflict

Cameroon's secret torture chambers: Human rights violations and war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram

This report delves deeper, documenting the cases of 101 individuals who, between March 2013 and March 2017, were held incommunicado, tortured, and sometimes killed by Cameroonian security forces in facilities run by the military and intelligence services. Despite such practices being in violation of both national and international law, the use of torture in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram has become widespread and routine, and practiced with impunity.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 17/6536/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Myanmar: Authorities must immediately release and drop charges against three detained journalists

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the arrest, detention and prosecution of six people, including three journalists, under the 1908 Unlawful Associations Act in Myanmar. We demand that the charges against them are dropped and that the three journalists are immediately and unconditionally released, as they have been detained solely in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6739/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Detention

Mexico: Arbitrary detentions taint “new” justice system

The toxic combination of a flawed judicial system, untrained police officers and widespread impunity are encouraging arbitrary detentions and leading to torture, executions and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said in a new report today. False suspicions: Arbitrary detentions by police in Mexico demonstrates how police across Mexico routinely detain people arbitrarily in order to extort them.

Date:
13 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Ukraine
  • Unlawful Detention

Ukraine: Further information: De-facto authorities deny holding journalist: Stanislav Aseev

Stanislav Aseev, a freelance journalist, has been missing in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) in eastern Ukraine since 2 June. The pro-Russian separatist authorities in Donetsk deny having any information regarding his whereabouts but Amnesty International has heard from a confidential source that he is under the custody of the de-facto “Ministry of State Security”.

Date:
12 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/6725/2017
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  • Russian Federation
  • Unlawful Detention

Russian authorities must investigate new allegations of extrajudicial executions in Chechnya

Following reports in Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper that security forces in the Russian republic of Chechnya killed 27 people on the night of 26 January 2017, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, said: “These allegations come from a credible source and as horrendous as they are, appear totally plausible for Chechnya, where the authorities enjoy complete  impunity for human rights violations.

Date:
10 July 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Detention

Venezuela: Lethal violence, a state policy to strangle dissent

Recurrent attacks against the Venezuelan population and speeches inciting violence by the authorities indicate a premeditated policy of violent repression of any form of dissent, Amnesty International said today after a further increase in deaths during demonstrations, with at least 91 cases registered in only three months. "What seemed to be isolated reactions by the Venezuelan authorities in the face of protests, in fact indicate a planned strategy by the government of President Maduro to use violence and illegitimate force against the Venezuelan population to neutralize any criticism," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
10 July 2017
  • News
  • Gambia
  • Unlawful Detention

Gambia: 11 years on, justice for journalist’s death crucial

Those responsible for the enforced disappearance and death of Gambian journalist Ebrima Manneh must have nowhere to hide, Amnesty International said as its supporters from around the world are today sending solidarity messages to his family, holding vigils and releasing a video with a call for justice. Today marks the 11th anniversary of Ebrima Manneh’s disappearance, following his arrest by officers believed to be from Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency.

Date:
7 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Unlawful Detention

China’s lawyers crackdown: two years on the torment continues

It’s been two years since China began its unprecedented assault on human rights lawyers and activists across the country. Nearly 250 lawyers and activists have been caught up in the dragnet since and for many the torment goes on. Jin Bianling has not heard from her husband since November last year. Jiang Tianyong, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, called his wife in the USA, after traveling to Changsha, Hunan province to visit the wife of a detained human rights lawyer.

Date:
7 July 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Rwanda: Setting the Scene for Elections: Two Decades of Silencing Dissent in Rwanda

Rwandans go to the polls on 4 August 2017 to elect their next president, in a climate of fear created by years of repression against opposition politicians, journalists and human rights defenders. They have been jailed, physically attacked – even killed – and forced into exile or silence. Prior human rights violations and unresolved cases of murders and disappearances continue to have a chilling effect on the current political and human rights context.

Date:
7 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 47/6585/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

Director of Amnesty International Turkey must be released from incommunicado detention

Responding to the news that Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained on Wednesday along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers during a digital security and information management workshop in Büyükada, Istanbul, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “We are profoundly disturbed and outraged that some of Turkey’s leading human rights defenders, including the Director of Amnesty International Turkey should have been detained so blatantly without cause.

Date:
6 July 2017