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Cambodia: Significant Questions Remain After Guilty Verdict in Kem Ley Trial

On 23 March 2017, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Oeuth Ang guilty of the premeditated murder of prominent political commentator Kem Ley on 10 July 2016 and sentenced him to life imprisonment. However, key aspects of the case appear to have been inadequately investigated. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch therefore call for an independent, impartial and effective investigation to establish whether anyone else was involved in the killing, so that the victims of this serious crime, including Kem Ley’s wife and children, will be able to obtain justice.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/5944/2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Since 2015, Amnesty International has documented patterns of human rights violations and crimes under international law linked to the end of President Kabila’s second and last constitutional term. We have documented the use of disproportionate, excessive and lethal force by the security forces in handling demonstrations.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5917/2017
  • Research
  • Libya
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Amnesty International welcomes the report of the High Commissioner and echoes its concerns about the continued state of lawlessness in Libya. It is regrettable that despite the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement in December 2015, armed groups and militias continue to commit serious violations and abuses in a climate of impunity.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 19/5918/2017
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  • Philippines
  • Killings and Disappearances

Philippines: Stop new killings and implement police reforms urgently

Dozens of further killings by police of people suspected of using and selling drugs indicate that police reforms, promised by the President during a month-long suspension of anti-drug operations in the country, have failed to materialise. According to figures provided to the media by the Philippine National Police, there have been at least 27 killings in anti-drug operations since the government relaunched its anti-drug campaign, “Double Barrel Reloaded” ten days ago.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5894/2017
  • 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
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  • 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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  • South Africa
  • International Justice

South Africa: Submission on the Proposed Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Repeal Bill

In these submissions, Amnesty International highlights the many reasons why South Africa’s continued membership in the Rome Statute system is critical, particularly at a time when the International Criminal Court needs it the most. The submissions also address some of the reasons that the Government of South Africa has provided for its withdrawal from the Rome Statute, and outlines alternatives the Government could have pursued in order to remedy its concerns instead of immediately taking the drastic measure of withdrawal.

Date:
8 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/5844/2017
  • 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
  • Research
  • Ukraine
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Ukraine: The human rights situation in Ukraine

Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, both the Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatist forces have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross violations of international human rights law. Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017).

Date:
28 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/5795/2017
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Honduras: Justice gap over Berta Cáceres’ murder sends warning to activists

The scandalous lack of an effective investigation to find those responsible for ordering the brutal killing of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres sends a terrifying message to the hundreds of people who dare to speak out against the powerful, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the killing on 2 March. “Berta’s tragic murder illustrates the woeful state of human rights in Honduras.

Date:
27 February 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Philippines: Impending Arrest of Senator Politically Motivated

Amnesty International condemns the impending arrest of prominent human rights defender Senator Leila de Lima as politically motivated and is calling for all charges against her to be dropped immediately. The arrest of de Lima is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte and divert attention away from serious human rights violations in the “war on drugs. ”.

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5772/2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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