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South Sudan: Open Letter from Secretary-General Salil Shetty to President Salva Kiir on prolonged detentions, enforced disappearances, and reported deaths while in government custody

Your Excellency, in your address to the people of South Sudan on 10 March 2017, on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer, you announced your plans to release from detention Generals Elias Waya and Andrea Dominic as well as “any other political detainees. ” Since the start of South Sudan’s ongoing conflict in December 2013, the National Security Service (NSS) and the Military Intelligence Directorate have carried out hundreds of arbitrary arrests, prolonged detentions and enforced disappearances of individuals perceived as government opponents.

Date:
28 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/5970/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

UAE: Surprise overnight raid leads to arrest of prominent human rights defender

Following the arrest of human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor at 3:15AM local time after a lengthy room-by-room search of his apartment, Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office, said: “Amnesty International is appalled and dismayed at this surprise overnight raid resulting in the arrest of Ahmed Mansoor, a courageous and prominent human rights defender in the United Arab Emirates.

Date:
20 March 2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

UAE Decision not to release Osama al-Najjar ‘indefensible’

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities must immediately release 28 year old activist Osama al-Najjar said Amnesty International the day following the expiry of his prison sentence. Osama al-Najjar was arrested on 17 March 2014 and sentenced to three years in prison after sending tweets to the Minister of Interior expressing concern that his father had been ill-treated in prison. Amnesty International considers both men to be prisoners of conscience.

Date:
18 March 2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: SADC leaders should give prominence to addressing human rights violations to prevent further deterioration of the stability of the Great Lakes region

Amnesty International has written to the Heads of State of the Southern African Development Community ahead of the Extraordinary Summit on 18 March in Swaziland on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5909/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • UN

Timor-Leste: Amnesty International Urges Renewed Action on Past Human Rights Violations

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Timor-Leste. Amnesty International welcomes Timor-Leste’s acceptance of recommendations to address past human rights violations and ensure the delivery of reparations to the victims, and accepting recommendations to implement the Media Law in line with its international human rights obligations, to uphold the rights to freedom of expression and to ensure freedom of the press.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 57/5922/2017
  • Research
  • Zimbabwe
  • Disappearances

Zimbabwe must end enforced disappearances and guarantee respect for freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Zimbabwe. Harmonising domestic laws with international human rights treaties to which Zimbabwe is a party and the 2013 Constitution, as recommended during the review, would guarantee individuals in Zimbabwe the enjoyment of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Regrettably, four years on this process is not complete, leaving the authorities, in particular the police, enforcing old laws in contravention of the Constitution.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 46/5896/2017
  • Research
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Justice Systems

Bosnia and Herzegovina: More than two decades since the end of the armed conflict, authorities continue to fail survivors of sexual violence

Ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Committee review of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) third periodic report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Amnesty International has presented a submission to the Committee, highlighting concerns in relation to human rights violations linked to the legacy of the 1992 – 1995 armed conflict in BiH. Amnesty International considers deeply worrying the continuing failure of Bosnian authorities to adopt and implement legal and policy framework in order to ensure full and effective access to justice, truth and reparation for victims of the 1990s armed conflicts, and in particular survivors of wartime sexual violence.

Date:
13 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 63/5866/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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

From the start of the current crisis, the Government of Burundi has stifled the work of independent media and civil society, although, despite major restrictions on their work, NGOs continue to document and report serious human rights violations in the country. Since this Council discussed Burundi in September 2016, more restrictive measures have been imposed, including the closure of several human rights organizations and introduction of new controls on the work of NGOs.

Date:
13 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/5863/2017
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  • Malawi
  • Justice Systems

Malawi: Step up action to end ritual murders of people with albinism

The Malawian authorities must step up action to protect people with albinism who are being targeted for ritual murders, Amnesty International said today, following another attack in the country’s capital Lilongwe. Last night four men attempted to drill through the wall of the home of Gilbert Daire, former president of the Association of the People with Albinism, as he slept. They fled the scene after his neighbours intervened.

Date:
10 March 2017
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Justice Systems

South Africa: Revocation of withdrawal from the ICC a chance to rethink thwarting pursuit of justice

In response to today’s announcement that the South African government has decided to revoke its notice to the UN of its intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute, Amnesty International’s Africa Director for Research and Advocacy, Netsanet Belay said:   “This formal revocation of the notice of withdrawal from the ICC presents yet another opportunity for the government of South Africa to rethink its decision to thwart the pursuit of justice.

Date:
8 March 2017
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Women's Rights

Nigeria: Help end discrimination by passing Gender and Equal Opportunity bill

On International Women’s Day, March 8th, Amnesty International calls on Nigeria’s National Assembly and other stakeholders to ensure the speedy passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill. More than 30 years after Nigeria ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), women still experience various forms of discrimination in law and practice.

Date:
7 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/5836/2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Justice Systems

Bahrain: King must not ratify constitutional amendment allowing military courts to try civilians

Amnesty International has today called on the King of Bahrain to refrain from ratifying a constitutional amendment that would enable military courts to try civilians, paving the way to further human rights violations. This call comes after the Shura Council, Bahrain’s Consultative Council, voted unanimously in favour of the amendment to Article 105 (b) of the Constitution on 5 March and after it had been voted in favour by Parliament on 21 February.

Date:
7 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5832/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Penal Institutions

Morocco/Western Sahara: Grant Sahrawi defendants a fair trial

The trial of 24 Sahrawis in a civilian court that began on 26 December is an opportunity to redress the numerous violations that tainted their fundamentally flawed military trial in 2013. The trial at the Rabat Court of Appeals continued on 23, 24 and 25 January, and was adjourned until 13 March. A fair trial is essential in order to bring to light the truth of the events in 2010 which led to the death of eleven members of the Moroccan security forces and two Sahrawis, Amnesty International said.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 29/5753/2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Algeria: Social justice activist facing trial in El Oued

On 7 March, Yahia Ben Ammar, an Algerian social justice activist, will come before a court in El Oued, southern Algeria, on charges in relation to his exercise of his right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly during peaceful protests in late 2016, as well as on charges of insulting and assaulting police following his arrest in January 2017 in a separate case. He reported that police officers ill-treated him in custody at the time.

Date:
6 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5818/2017
  • Research
  • Americas
  • Justice Systems

Jamaica: Open Letter from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice to Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Open Letter to Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the 1st anniversary of his government from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice. In this document the organizations address the Jamaican Prime Minister to encourage his government to move forwards with police and justice reforms. They also stress the need to end impunity for alleged unlawful killings by Jamaica’ security forces.

Date:
2 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 38/5803/2017