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  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Women and Girls

USA: Criminalizing pregnancy: policing pregnant women who use drugs in the USA

In the USA, pregnant women lie at the center of a contested battleground over their sexual and reproductive rights. A series of laws police the behavior of pregnant women and particularly impact those who are marginalized and those who use drugs. Collectively called pregnancy criminalization laws, this report provides a basic overview of the impact of these laws on women’s human rights and access to healthcare across the USA, and specifically focuses on two criminal laws in Alabama and Tennessee.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 51/6203/2017
  • News
  • Angola
  • Detention

Angola: Authorities must tolerate critical views amid pre-election protests

Authorities in Angola must uphold people’s rights to exercise their freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, Amnesty International said ahead of a planned protest against the imprisonment of seven activists. “In recent years, Angolan authorities have frequently used the police to suppress public protests. Demonstrators are often arrested, imprisoned and even ‘disappeared’ for expressing themselves,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.

Date:
19 May 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Saudi Arabia: Trump visit risks giving green light to violations of human rights

As US President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign visit to attend the Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia, counter terrorism and security will dominate his discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The President is also expected to unveil a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The glaring absence of human rights from Trump’s agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled on large part by US arms transfers, said Amnesty International.

Date:
19 May 2017
  • News
  • Sri Lanka
  • Justice Systems

Sri Lanka: The conflict’s legacy of impunity endures

On the eighth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long conflict, Amnesty International calls on the government to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and ensure that any legislation it introduces to replace it meets international standards. The failure to repeal the notorious law is one of several commitments that the government has stalled on since coming to power two years ago, when it pledged to deliver truth, justice and reparation to victims of the conflict and enact reforms that would prevent further human rights violations “The PTA is a highly repressive law that contributed to many of the human rights violations during and following Sri Lanka’s conflict.

Date:
18 May 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Open letter on urgency of addressing Burundi Crisis during upcoming EAC Heads of State Summit

In this open letter Amnesty International, while recognising the efforts already underway, urge Heads of State to ensure that resolving the Burundi crisis is a priority for the Heads of State Summit of the East African Community to be held on 20 May, and to provide the renewed political leadership and commitment which is needed to end the crisis.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/6278/2017
  • News
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Killings and Disappearances

Papua New Guinea: Officers responsible for prisoner killings must meet justice

Responding to the killing by Papua New Guinea security forces of 17 prisoners who escaped Buimo jail as part of a mass breakout, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Champa Patel, said: “The Papua New Guinea authorities must immediately order an independent and effective investigation into these killings. They must suspend any officers involved until the investigation is concluded, and hold suspected perpetrators to account through fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Date:
15 May 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Sudan: ‘Uninvestigated, unpunished’: Human rights violations against Darfuri students

This report documents human rights violations experienced by students from Darfur in Sudan since 2014. These violations include: suppression of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly; arbitrary arrests; torture and other ill-treatment in detention; and unlawful killings. Since the conflict started in Darfur in 2003, the police and the security services have arbitrarily arrested and detained at least 10,000 students from Darfur.

Date:
15 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 54/4848/2017
  • Research
  • Central African Republic
  • Armed Groups

Central African Republic: Justice now: Towards lasting peace in the Central African Republic

Conflict and military coups have torn apart the lives of the people of the Central African Republic for decades. Since the renewed violence in 2013, the population has been affected by brutal human rights abuses and violations, as well as crimes under international law committed across the country by all parties to the conflict, mostly the anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka armed groups. As the country seeks to rebuild, impunity for perpetrators of gross human rights violations and crimes under international law continues to threaten peace and stability.

Date:
10 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 19/6140/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Thailand
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Thailand: Lawyer and activists detained for Facebook post: Prawet Prapanukul, Danai, Wanchai and three others

Detained lawyer Prawet Prapanukul, Danai, Wanchai and three others were arrested by a joint military security force on 29 April and held in an unknown location for five days before Bangkok’s Criminal Court on 3 May remanded the six men to custody. They have been targeted in an ongoing crackdown on individuals sharing or expressing views critical of ruling authorities online. If convicted, they could face between 15 and 50 years’ imprisonment for sharing and commenting on Facebook.

Date:
10 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6195/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • UN

Colombia: Abduction of UN official highlights obstacles in local implementation of peace process

Amnesty International demands the immediate release of the United Nations official Harley López, abducted in Barranquillita (Guaviare), in south-eastern Colombia. His illegal deprivation of liberty is a wake-up call for the Colombian authorities to the urgent protection needs of thousands of people throughout the country, the organization said today. According to official sources and United Nations agencies, the official from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was abducted by dissidents from the 1st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Thursday 4 May.

Date:
8 May 2017
  • Research
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Nicaragua: the state must uphold, without delay, the judgement issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

On 28 April 2017 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights served notice of the judgement on the case of Acosta et. al. v. Nicaragua, determining the international responsibility of the state of Nicaragua for the violation of the right to access to justice and truth suffered by the human rights defender María Luisa Acosta following the murder of her husband Francisco García Valle.

Date:
4 May 2017
Ref:
AMR 43/6173/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • International Justice

Africa: Malabo Protocol: Legal and institutional implications of the merged and expanded African Court - Snapshots

In June 2014, the Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (the Malabo Protocol) was adopted by the African Union. The Malabo Protocol provides for the inclusion of criminal jurisdiction within the remit of the proposed African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR). While the ACJHR can play a vastly positive role in a continent persistently afflicted by the scourge of conflict and impunity for crimes under international law, there are a number of concerns and implications arising from the proposal to expand its jurisdiction.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6137/2017
  • Research
  • Indonesia
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Indonesia: Human Rights Council must ensure strong recommendations at human rights review

States must ensure that strong recommendations are made when Indonesia’s human rights record is examined under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the third time on 3 May 2017. Since Indonesia’s last review in 2012, the human rights situation on the ground has stagnated. The Indonesian authorities have either ignored, or only partially implemented the numerous recommendations made by other states. States participating in the review must call on Indonesia to take the UPR process seriously and implement all the recommendations it committed to in its previous two reviews.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6156/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen Baha’i community faces persecution at hands of Huthi-Saleh authorities

More than 20 Baha’i men and women are at risk of immediate arrest by Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, said Amnesty International. “Huthi-Saleh authorities must immediately stop persecuting members of the Baha’i community in Sana’a,” said Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office. “The detention of Baha’is on account of their faith appears to be part of a wider crackdown on minorities by the Huthi-Saleh authorities, and is making entire families live in fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones – not to mention that they are a clear violation of Yemen’s obligations under international law”.

Date:
28 April 2017
  • Research
  • Gambia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Gambia: Human rights priorities for the new Gambian government

In this document Amnesty International urges the new Gambian government to: Guarantee freedom of expression; Guarantee freedom of assembly; End arbitrary arrest, detention and torture; Strengthen the justice system; Take steps to abolish the death penalty; Protect and promote the rights of women and girls; Ensure non-discrimination; Promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights; Fully comply with international and regional human rights obligations; End impunity for human rights violations.

Date:
28 April 2017
Ref:
AFR 27/6123/2017