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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: THE GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE UNHINDERED MOVEMENT TO THE UN EXPERT TEAM MANDATED TO COLLECT AND PRESERVE EVIDENCE ON THE KASAI CRISIS

The Human Rights Council (‘the Council’) has adopted a resolution requesting the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to dispatch a team of international experts to collect and preserve information, and to determine the facts and circumstances concerning alleged human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law, in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6586/2017
  • Research
  • Pakistan
  • Impunity

Pakistan: Joint Public Statement: Investigate Assault on Lawyers

Pakistani authorities need to ensure a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into a barrage of assaults and threats against lawyers in the premises of the Lahore High Court, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Government needs to defend the rule of law and prosecute those responsible for any criminal conduct.

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6566/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Oral statement delivered during the thirty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

The human rights situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) requires immediate action from this Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other serious violations of international human rights law have been committed by the Armed Forces of the DRC. Violence now affects at least five provinces, and an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed and 1. 3 million1 have been forced to flee their homes.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6562/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Refugees

Thailand: Amnesty International calls on Thailand to extend legal protections to refugees and asylum seekers in 2017

On World Refugee Day 2017, Amnesty International acknowledges the role the Royal Thai Government has played in hosting and supporting large refugee populations over several decades and welcomes its recent commitments to improve the protection of the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the country. However, despite these undertakings, Thailand has failed to consistently protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, who lack domestic legal status in Thailand and are vulnerable to arbitrary and indefinite detention and forcible returns.

Date:
19 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/6539/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Release blogger Raif Badawi, still behind bars after five years

Marking the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi Arabian blogger and prisoner of conscience Raif Badawi, Samah Hadid, Middle-East Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International said: “Raif Badawi has already served half of his prison term, but he shouldn’t be locked up in the first place. Saudi Arabian authorities must ensure his immediate and unconditional release, as well as the release of all prisoners of conscience detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • News
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Human rights grievances fuelling a “desperate and dangerous” situation

Responding to an urgent appeal by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and nine former African heads of state warning that the future of the DRC is in grave danger, Sarah Jackson, Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes said: “The launch of this appeal is extremely timely and we echo the concerns raised by Kofi Annan. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a powder-keg of human rights grievances that frequently spill over into violence.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Eritrea: Oral Statement Delivered During the Thirty-Fifth Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

Amnesty International welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s calls for international accountability regarding the human rights situation in Eritrea. Since the beginning of the mandate in 2012, the Special Rapporteur has monitored and highlighted the crimes of enslavement, persecution, enforced disappearance, rape, torture, and murder, which have occurred in Eritrea since 1991. The mandate has been instrumental in monitoring the human rights emergency on the ground, and its reports are consistent with Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6436/2017
  • News
  • Lesotho
  • Justice Systems

Lesotho: End culture of impunity to reverse recent spike in human rights violations

Lesotho’s newly elected government must act swiftly to ensure accountability for past human rights violations and end the spike in abuses recorded in recent years, Amnesty International said today. The organization is releasing a human rights agenda today for the new government ahead of the inauguration of the incoming Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, on 16 June. “For the past few years, Lesotho has been characterized by a political and security crisis, resulting in a spike in human rights violations.

Date:
14 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Hungary
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Hungary: Further information: Draft law targeting NGOs must be stopped

A draft law targeting Hungarian NGOs receiving funding from abroad on the grounds that they may represent “foreign interests” was passed in the National Assembly on 13 June. If signed by the President, the law will become a new tool to discredit and intimidate NGOs and undermine their capacity to protect human rights and provide valuable services to Hungarian people.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/6514/2017
  • Research
  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Americas: Human rights in the Americas: Challenges and opportunities at a time of regression

Amnesty International believes it is essential to make human rights a crosscutting priority of public policy in the Americas if we are to address the central theme of this XLVII General Assembly, which is: “Strengthening Dialogue and Concertation for Prosperity”. Amnesty International believes, however, that the serious social and economic gaps, gaps in participation, in access to justice and in the exercise of human rights that are still prevalent in the region, from north to south, are undoubtedly one of the main causes of the suffering and abuse faced by millions of the continent’s inhabitants.

Date:
12 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 01/6479/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Russian Federation
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Russian Federation: Further information: NGO leader charged under 'Foreign Agents' law: Valentina Cherevatenko

On 2 June, prominent Russian human rights defender Valentina Cherevatenko was officially charged with “malicious evasion from performance of duties” under the “foreign agents” law. If convicted, she could face up to two years in prison. Her conviction could start a dangerous trend of criminal prosecution of NGO leaders.

Date:
9 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 46/6461/2017
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Women's Rights

Nigeria: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: 67th Session, 3-21 July 2017

In this submission Amnesty International focuses on the following issues: Legislative measures taken by Nigeria to ensure the protection of the rights of women and girls: Gender based violence resulting from displacements and armed conflict: Forced evictions which led to the disproportionate loss of livelihoods for women, and gender based violence and, finally, the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by the police.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6430/2017
  • News
  • Death Penalty

Saudi Arabia: 14 protesters facing execution after unfair trials

Saudi Arabia should immediately quash the death sentences of 14 members of the Shia community for protest-related crimes, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The Court of Appeal of the notorious Specialized Criminal Court upheld the sentences in May, after they were handed down a year ago on June 1, 2016 following a grossly unfair trial of 24 Saudi Shia citizens. The Specialized Criminal Court is Saudi Arabia’s counter-terrorism tribunal.

Date:
6 June 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Detention

Saudi Arabia detains rights activist who defied women’s driving ban

Responding to news about the re-arrest of Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul at King Fahad International Airport in Dammamin Saudi Arabia on 4 June, Samah Hadid Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International in the Middle–East said: “The Saudi Arabian authorities’ continuous harassment of Loujain al-Hathloul is absurd and unjustifiable. It appears she is being targeted once again because of her peaceful work as a human rights defender speaking out for women's rights, which are consistently trammeled in the kingdom.

Date:
5 June 2017