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South Sudan: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and addressing the need for accountability for past and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations

We, the undersigned South Sudanese, regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to renew and strengthen the mandate and capacity of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (the Commission) to address the continued lack of accountability for severe, widespread and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, during the upcoming 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC).

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/5774/2017
  • Research
  • Myanmar
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Myanmar: National efforts to investigate Rakhine State violence are inadequate

National efforts to investigate human rights violations and possible crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar security forces in northern Rakhine State are not independent or credible and are unlikely to deliver justice, truth and reparations for victims and their families. The inability – or unwillingness – of the Myanmar authorities to independently and effectively investigate allegations of serious crimes under international law requires the international community to step-in to ensure accountability and prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation.

Date:
21 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5758/2017
  • Research
  • Tunisia
  • Killings and Disappearances

Tunisia: Indictments a step closer for justice in Faysal Baraket’s case of death under torture

A Tunisian court has indicted 21 individuals for the torture to death of Faysal Barakat, more than 25 years after his arrest in October 1991 for criticising the Ben Ali government on television. The accused, who reportedly include members of the security forces and former state officials, have lodged an appeal against the indictments.

Date:
20 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 30/5735/2017
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  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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

In recent months the Government of Burundi has imposed further restrictions on civil society, on top of an already severe clampdown since the beginning of the crisis in April 2015. Amnesty International shares the concerns raised by a group of UN Special Procedures on 6 February in this regard.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/5678/2017
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  • Tunisia
  • Armed Conflict

Tunisia: ‘We want an end to the fear’: Abuses under Tunisia’s state of emergency

In response to a series of armed attacks in 2015 and 2016 that shook the country, the Tunisian authorities have stepped up security measures and relied on emergency laws. Cases documented by Amnesty International show that individuals have been arbitrarily arrested, without judicial warrants. Some have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in custody. The authorities have applied arbitrary restrictions on individuals’ movement inside the country.

Date:
13 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 30/4911/2017
  • Research
  • Sri Lanka
  • Impunity

Sri Lanka: Victims demand truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence: Written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka committed with Resolution 30/1 to undertake a comprehensive approach to dealing with the past, including ensuring truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence for human rights violations and abuses. This is an important step towards acknowledging the traumatic experiences of many thousands of victims over decades of armed conflict and insurgency, and accepting its obligations to provide them with effective remedies.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 37/5677/2017
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  • Zimbabwe
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Zimbabwe: End persecution of human rights defender Pastor Mawarire

The Zimbabwean authorities must drop all politically motivated charges against human rights activist Pastor Evan Mawarire and stop using the criminal justice system to harass and intimidate him for his activism, Amnesty International and Civicus said today after the Harare High Court granted him bail and ordered his release on 9 February. Upon his return to Zimbabwe last week, he was arrested and charged with subversion and “insulting the national Flag of Zimbabwe” in connection with protests he led in 2016 over corruption and economic decline.

Date:
8 February 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Justice Systems

Indonesia: 28 years later, Talangsari victims are still being denied justice

On 7 February, as thousands of victims and victims’ families from Talangsari, Lampung mark the 28th anniversary of the serious human rights violations against them and are still demanding justice, Amnesty International is extremely concerned that the Indonesian government is attempting to resolve this and seven other cases solely through the establishment of a non-judicial mechanism. The organization calls on the Indonesia government to ensure that victims and their families receive truth, justice and reparation for the violations they have suffered.

Date:
7 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 21/5628/2017
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  • Congo
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Congo: Further Information: Opposition member facing new charges: Paulin Makaya

Additional charges were brought against Paulin Makaya on 6 January in connection with a shooting at the central prison of Brazzaville on 29 December 2016, while six of his acquaintances were visiting. A decision in the appeal against his earlier conviction is expected to be delivered on 21 February by the Appeal Court of Brazzaville.

Date:
7 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AFR 22/5596/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Unfair Trials

Azerbaijan: Torture and travesty of justice in Nardaran case

On 25 January, the Baku Serious Crimes Court sentenced 18 men associated with the Shiite Muslim Unity Movement (MUM) in Nardaran to lengthy prison terms, following a trial that did not meet international standards and was marred by torture allegations. The leader of the MUM, Taleh Bagirzade, and deputy chairman Abbas Huseynov, were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Court ordered that they serve the first seven years of their sentences in Gobustan high security prison.

Date:
6 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
EUR 55/5633/2017
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  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

USA must closely scrutinize CIA deputy director’s alleged torture links

Following the Trump administration’s appointment of Gina Haspel as Deputy Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:“Reports that Gina Haspel directed the alleged CIA ‘black site’ in Thailand, at a time when detainees held there were subjected to torture and enforced disappearance, as well as a possible role in the destruction of evidence of such crimes under international law, raise extremely serious concerns.

Date:
3 February 2017
  • Research
  • United States of America
  • Detention

USA: Call for human rights vetting as Deputy CIA Director announced

On 2 February 2017, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced that President Donald Trump had selected Gina Haspel to be the new Deputy Director of CIA. The announcement noted that Gina Haspel joined the agency in 1985 and had held “numerous senior leadership positions at CIA”. Gina Haspel’s previous positions at the CIA during a time that crimes under international law are known to have been committed by the agency raise some serious concerns and questions.

Date:
3 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 51/5620/2017
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  • United States of America
  • Unlawful Detention

USA: Guantánamo detentions, 15 years and counting

Will President Donald Trump keep the detention facility at Guantánamo open and order that it be ready to receive new detainees? There has been no new detainee arrival at Guantánamo since 14 March 2008. President Trump’s two immediate predecessors, President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush, each said they wanted to close the facility. Among those long calling for its closure have been UN treaty monitoring bodies.

Date:
27 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
AMR 51/5280/2017
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  • Justice Systems

Joint letter to the Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission on Crimes Against Humanity

Fifteen non-governmental organizations (NGOs) call on the International Law Commission Special Rapporteur on crimes against humanity to propose, as part of the new set of draft articles for a Convention on crimes against humanity, a provision on the duty of states parties to the Convention to provide for procedures permitting any victims to obtain reparation for crimes against humanity committed abroad; and also a provision stating that no reservations shall be made to the Convention on crimes against humanity.

Date:
27 January 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
IOR 53/5579/2017