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South Sudan - "It was as if my village was swept by a flood" - Mass displacement of the Shilluk population from the West Bank of the White Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced in January to May 2017, as government forces burnt, shelled and looted their homes. Aided by Dinka militias, government forces undertook a ground offensive in the Upper Nile region in early/mid 2017, retaking territory that had been under the control of armed opposition forces. They attacked numerous towns and villages on the west bank of the White Nile, an area belonging to the traditional kingdom of the Shilluk ethnic minority.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6538/2017
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Czech Republic: Human Rights of Roma and Refugees at Stake – Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th Session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International comments on the implementation of recommendations made to the Czech Republic during its previous UPR in 2012 concerning discrimination and hate crimes against Roma and the situation of refugees and migrants. Amnesty International remains concerned that Romani children continue to be over-represented in schools and classes for pupils with mild mental disabilities and segregated in Roma-only schools.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 71/6509/2017
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Time to rein in Myanmar's Army and protect civilians trapped in northern conflict

When Ngau Masar watched her husband Le Mei Tah speed off on his motorbike on the morning of 4 December 2016, little did she know she might never see him again. Two weeks earlier, heavy fighting had prompted the family to flee to China from their village in northern Myanmar. When they returned, they joined thousands of others in makeshift camps near the border. Soldiers remained ubiquitous in the area’s villages, where some houses showed damage from airstrikes.

Date:
19 June 2017
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Myanmar: "All the civilians suffer" : Conflict, displacement, and abuse in Northern Myanmar

Over the last seven months, fighting has intensified between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan States, areas with long-running conflicts as ethnic minorities have sought greater autonomy and respect for their rights. This report documents war crimes and other human rights violations by the Myanmar Army, including extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, and indiscriminate shelling.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6429/2017
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Myanmar: Ethnic minorities face range of violations including war crimes in northern conflict

CHINESEBURMESE   Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan States, Amnesty International said today in a new report based on three recent trips to the conflict area. ‘All the Civilians Suffer’: Conflict, Displacement and Abuse in Northern Myanmar details how soldiers from the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s Armed Forces are known, mete out torture and extrajudicial executions, shell civilian villages indiscriminately and place punitive restrictions on movement and humanitarian access.

Date:
14 June 2017
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Malawi: "We will not rest"

Spanish photojournalist, Sofia Moro, visited Malawi earlier this year, to document the targeting of people with albinism. The bell rings to herald a class change as we cross the sports fields of Mzuzu International Academy, the only internationally-accredited secondary school in northern Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. In all of the 800 kilometres we have travelled so far, these are the most modern and appropriate facilities we have seen.

Date:
13 June 2017
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USA: Return to bigoted anti-Muslim travel ban would cause immeasurable harm

The Trump administration’s executive order on travel, scheduled for federal appeals court review on Monday, would harm both immigrants and US citizens if allowed to enter into effect, warns Amnesty International in a briefing paper released today. “President Trump’s travel ban order separated families and sent a message of bigotry and intolerance,” said Joanne Mariner, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International.

Date:
12 May 2017
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USA: 100 ways Trump has threatened human rights in first 100 days

As the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration come to a close, Amnesty International has compiled a list of 100 ways the Trump administration has tried to threaten human rights in the USA and around the world – sometimes succeeding, and sometimes being blocked by a powerful and growing resistance movement. “These first 100 days show how dangerous Trump’s agenda is, and they’re also a roadmap for how to stop it and protect human rights in the USA and around the world,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA.

Date:
25 April 2017
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Hundreds of Roma to be forcibly evicted as EU leaders' refusal to sanction Italy exposed

Infringement proceedings against Italy blocked at the highest level of the European Commission Amnesty International spokespeople on the ground and available for interview  As European leaders were today revealed to have blocked action against Italy for discrimination against the Roma, Amnesty International warned that the imminent forced eviction of Romani residents from Gianturco informal settlement in Naples, will render hundreds, including children, elderly, sick and disabled, homeless.

Date:
6 April 2017
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Finland: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Amnesty International submits this document in advance of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (hereinafter the Committee) consideration of Finland’s 23rd periodic report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in April 2017. This submission summarizes Amnesty International’s concerns about Finland’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Convention.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 20/6007/2017
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Myanmar: Fact-finding mission welcome, urgently needed, overdue

An internationally mandated fact-finding mission to look at human rights violations in Myanmar is welcome, urgently needed and long overdue, Amnesty International said today. “The announcement of an independent international fact-finding mission to look into human rights violations in Myanmar is long overdue. After the Myanmar government’s failure to establish a credible investigation into the security forces’ crimes against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State, there is an urgent need for a team of international experts examine alleged violations there, in Kachin and in northern Shan State,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
24 March 2017
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1,000 Roma face homelessness

Up to 1,300 people are at risk of being made homeless as local authorities prepare to evict Romani families from the informal settlement of Gianturco, in Naples, southern Italy. Around 200 people will be rehoused in a new segregated camp being built by the municipality. However, that still leaves several hundred more with nowhere to go, including dozens of children, elderly, sick and disabled people. TAKE ACTION FOR THEM NOW.

Date:
21 March 2017
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Slovakia: A lesson in discrimination. Segregation of Romani children in primary education in Slovakia

The joint report by Amnesty International and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) documents that Romani children are systemically denied their rights to education and non-discrimination in primary education in Slovakia. They are segregated in Roma-only mainstream schools or classes, or special schools and classes for children with “mild mental disabilities”. In April 2015, the European Commission (EC) launched infringement proceedings against Slovakia for breaching the prohibition of discrimination in education set out in EU law.

Date:
1 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 72/5640/2017
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Israel/OPT: Israel must repeal the discriminatory Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law

The Israeli authorities must repeal the discriminatory Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, which continues to bar family reunification for thousands of Palestinians. Nearly 14 years after the law was adopted as a temporary order, the Israeli authorities can no longer continue to use security grounds to justify institutional racial discrimination.

Date:
19 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/5737/2017