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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
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  • 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
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  • Africa
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South Sudan - "It was as if my village was swept by a flood" - Mass displacement of the Shilluk population from the West Bank of the White Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced in January to May 2017, as government forces burnt, shelled and looted their homes. Aided by Dinka militias, government forces undertook a ground offensive in the Upper Nile region in early/mid 2017, retaking territory that had been under the control of armed opposition forces. They attacked numerous towns and villages on the west bank of the White Nile, an area belonging to the traditional kingdom of the Shilluk ethnic minority.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6538/2017
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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
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Myanmar: "All the civilians suffer" : Conflict, displacement, and abuse in Northern Myanmar

Over the last seven months, fighting has intensified between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan States, areas with long-running conflicts as ethnic minorities have sought greater autonomy and respect for their rights. This report documents war crimes and other human rights violations by the Myanmar Army, including extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, and indiscriminate shelling.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6429/2017
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Lesotho: A human rights agenda for the new Lesotho government

National elections in Lesotho took place on 3 June 2017. The Independent Electoral Commission released the results, indicating a coalition government led by Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) party. This comes after former Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a vote of no confidence in the Lesotho Parliament on 1 March 2017. On 7 March King Letsi announced the dissolution of the Lesotho Parliament.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 33/6468/2017
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Canada- follow-up submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on the concluding observations of Canada's sixth periodic report

Amnesty International presents this submission to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee) to inform the follow-up procedure in relation to the concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of Canada. As requested by the Committee, Amnesty International evaluates Canada’s progress in implementing the Committee’s recommendations on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (paragraph 9); immigration detention, asylum-seekers and non-refoulement (paragraph 12); and Indigenous lands and titles (paragraph 16).

Date:
5 June 2017
Ref:
AMR 20/6379/2017
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Bangladesh: Investigate vicious mob violence against Indigenous Peoples

Bangladeshi authorities must bring to justice those responsible for a vicious mob attack on Indigenous Peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), which left hundreds of homes torched and at least one person dead. Amnesty International is also deeply concerned about reports that soldiers used excessive force against peaceful protesters who have called for justice.

Date:
5 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 13/6423/2017
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Tiananmen anniversary lays bare China’s contradictory attitude towards history

History. Few words are more important, or even sacred, to Chinese culture. China prides itself on having a rich history and illustrious culture that goes back 5,000 years. And yet, when it comes to the treatment of history, China’s ruling Communist Party suffers from a case of Orwellian “double think” – holding two mutually contradictory ideas at the same time without recognizing the contradiction. On the world stage, Chinese leaders boldly assert that history should be viewed objectively, and all parties should acknowledge past human rights violations, no matter how painful it may be to do so.

Date:
4 June 2017
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  • Africa
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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
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  • Africa
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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
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Papua New Guinea: In the firing line: Shooting at Australia’s refugee centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea

At around 6:30pm on 14 April 2017, tensions escalated between refugees and soldiers. Shots were fired by Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers into the Manus refugee centre, placing refugees, staff and government officials at serious risk. This latest incident highlights that the safety for refugees on Manus Island (sent there by Australia) cannot be guaranteed.

Date:
14 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 34/6171/2017
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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