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Nicaragua: Country’s future for sale as canal threatens thousands with forced eviction

The Nicaraguan government must stop placing business before the future of the country and its people, Amnesty International said in a new report today looking at a secretive deal that will lead to the construction of a canal and other side projects that will affect the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people and might leave many homeless. Danger: Rights for sale. The Interoceanic Grand Canal project in Nicaragua and the erosion of human rights reveals how the obscure legal framework that led to the concession of the project, without genuine consultation with all affected communities, violates a catalogue of national and international standards on human rights and might lead to the forced eviction of hundreds of families.

Date:
3 August 2017
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  • Nicaragua
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Nicaragua: Danger: Rights for sale: The Interoceanic Grand Canal Project in Nicaragua and the erosion of human rights

The history of Nicaragua will remember 13 June 2013 as a momentous date. On that day, the National Assembly adopted the “Special Law for the Development of Nicaraguan Infrastructure and Transport in respect of the Canal, Free Trade Zones and Associated Infrastructure” (Law 840). This Act gave the go-ahead for the granting of the concession for and the design and the development of one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world: The Interoceanic Grand Canal and its associated sub-projects (the Project).

Date:
3 August 2017
Ref:
AMR 43/6515/2017
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  • Argentina
  • Indigenous People

Argentina: Regressive human rights policies

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about the regressive policies adopted on migrants’ rights, the continued criminalization of abortion, and shortcomings in the national human rights institution. Amnesty International also raises concerns about the threats of detention of irregular migrants, obstacles in accessing legal abortion, violence against women, violations of the rights of Indigenous Peoples and increased criminalization of Indigenous leaders and human rights defenders, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and impunity for past crimes.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 13/6772/2017
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  • Peru
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Peru: Nothing to celebrate: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about weaknesses in the Ombudsperson function, outstanding ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and inadequate legislation to protect Indigenous Peoples’ right to land. Amnesty International also raises concerns about impunity for past human rights violations, obstacles in the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive rights, persistent discrimination against LGBTI persons, violent repression of social protests by the security forces, and attacks against human rights defenders.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 46/6624/2017
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  • Nigeria
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Wire Magazine July-September 2017: Brave

Find out about our new campaign Brave to stand with human rights defenders who are threatened just for peacefully speaking out for human rights. Read the story of Esther Kiobel from Nigeria who sees her case with the oil company Shell go to court; she’s accusing Shell of colluding in her husband’s killing over 20 years ago. From Naples, Italy, we hear about the forced eviction of the Gianturco Roma settlement.

Date:
12 July 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/6334/2017
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  • Canada
  • Indigenous People

Canada: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Amnesty International presents this submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the Committee) on the occasion of the review of Canada’s twenty-first to twenty-third periodic reports during the Committee’s 93rd Session. Although Canada has undertaken certain positive steps since the Committee’s last review of Canada in 2012, many of the obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (the Convention) remain unimplemented.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 20/6620/2017
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  • Canada
  • Indigenous People

Canada: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee follow up to the concluding observations of Canada’s sixth periodic report

In this submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee), Amnesty International evaluates Canada’s progress in implementing the Committee’s recommendations on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls; immigration detention, asylum-seekers and non-refoulement and Indigenous lands and titles. Although Canada has undertaken certain positive steps, including establishing a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and beginning a review of the immigration detention regime, many crucial aspects of the Committee’s recommendations remain unimplemented.

Date:
5 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 20/6379/2017
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Alicia Keys and the Indigenous rights movement in Canada receive Amnesty International award

Celebrated global music artist and activist Alicia Keys and the inspirational movement of Indigenous Peoples fighting for their rights in Canada have been honoured with the 2017 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at an evening ceremony in Montreal, Canada. The award is the organization’s highest honour for human rights work. This is the first time the award was given to a Canadian recipient.

Date:
27 May 2017
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  • Kenya
  • Indigenous People

Kenya: Ruling in Ogiek case gives hope to Indigenous peoples everywhere

Following today’s ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights that the Kenyan government violated the rights of the Indigenous Ogiek people when it evicted them from their land, Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Today’s ruling is a historic victory for the Ogiek community, and gives hope to all Indigenous peoples everywhere.

Date:
26 May 2017
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Peru: Peruvian authorities put an end to the criminalization of defender Máxima Acuña

The ruling of the Supreme Court of Peru marking the end of the trial for land invasion against the human rights defender Máxima Acuña Atalaya is a landmark decision for environmental defenders in the country, Amnesty International said today. After almost five years of proceedings in relation to unfounded criminal charges of land invasion, the Supreme Court of Justice ruled that there was no reason to pursue the groundless trial of the defender for land invasion.

Date:
3 May 2017
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  • Canada
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Alicia Keys and the Indigenous rights movement in Canada honoured with top Amnesty International award

Celebrated global music artist and activist Alicia Keys and the inspirational movement of Indigenous Peoples fighting for their rights in Canada have been honoured with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2017, the human rights organization announced today. The award will be officially presented at a ceremony in Montréal, Canada, on May 27. Accepting the award recognizing the Indigenous rights movement of Canada will be six individuals representing the strength and diversity of the movement, which has bravely fought to end discrimination and ensure the safety and well-being of Indigenous families and communities.

Date:
13 April 2017