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Kenya: Life turned upside down by excessive use of force by the police in Mathare

Kenya held its second General Elections under the 2010 Constitution and sixth since the introduction of multiparty politics on 8 August 2017. The election was closely contested. The two major political formations that contested the elections were: the ruling Jubilee Party, headed by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, both seeking a second term; and the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA), led by Raila Odinga, with Kalonzo Musyoka as his running mate.

Date:
18 August 2017
  • Research
  • Serbia
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Serbia: Still Failing to Deliver on Human Rights: Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 29th Session of the UPR Working Group, January 2018

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review of Serbia in January 2018. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Serbia in its previous UPR and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Serbia. Amnesty International raises concerns about failure of national legislation to meet international human rights standards and poor implementation of legislation that does meet such standards; impunity for crimes under international law, including enforced disappearances, and lack of adequate reparation; the failure to prevent forced evictions; and the failure to protect the rights of refugees and migrants.

Date:
17 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 70/6953/2017
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  • Montenegro
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Montenegro: Failure to Implement International Law: Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 29th Session of the UPR Working Group, January 2018

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Montenegro in January 2018. In the submission, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Montenegro in its previous UPR (including in relation to the rights of Roma and Ashkali refugees from Kosovo), assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Montenegro to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
17 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 66/6956/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Indonesia: 12 years on victims of Aceh conflict still waiting for truth, justice and full reparation

In commemorating the 12th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Aceh on 15 August 2017, Amnesty International reiterates its calls to the Indonesian and Acehnese authorities to fulfill their international obligations to acknowledge the truth and to ensure accountability for victim of serious human rights violations and their families. Human rights organizations and survivors of the conflict have persevered and campaigned for truth, justice and full reparation over the last decade.

Date:
15 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6934/2017
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  • Indonesia
  • Justice Systems

Indonesia: Investigate police’s use of lethal force against Papuans in Deiyai

Amnesty International calls on the Indonesian authorities to immediately order an impartial and effective investigation into allegations that police used lethal force arbitrarily leading to the death of one man and injuries to at least ten other Papuans, including children in Papua province. The investigation should be carried out by a body independent of the police. The findings must be made public and those suspected of criminal responsibility, including those with command responsibility, must be brought to justice in fair proceedings and victims granted adequate reparations.

Date:
11 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6893/2017
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  • Kenya
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Kenyan elections: Anxiety and unhealed wounds as 2007-8 victims return to the polls

A few hours to go to closely contested elections, Kenyans living in areas with a history of electoral violence are anxious. Survivors of previous electoral violence are still waiting for justice while root causes of electoral violence remain unresolved. Eldoret town saw some of the worst electoral violence 10 years ago following the 2007 General Elections. Amnesty International’s East Africa Researcher, Abdullahi Halakhe, visited Eldoret town ahead of the upcoming elections and spoke to survivors of the 2007-8 electoral violence.

Date:
7 August 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Tunisia: Appeal to the People's Representatives to Abandon Consideration of the Draft Law on Prosecution of Abuses Against the Armed Forces

Dear Members of the Assembly of the People's Representatives, Our organizations are writing to urge you to abandon consideration of the "Draft law No. 25/2015 on the Prosecution of Abuses Against the Armed Forces" officially listed in Parliament since April 13, 2015. On Thursday July 13, 2017, much to the surprise of civil society, the Assembly of the People's Representatives (ARP) resumed parliamentary debate of this law.

Date:
25 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 30/6858/2017
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  • South Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: "Do not remain silent": Survivors of sexual violence in South Sudan call for justice and reparations

Since the outbreak of South Sudan’s internal armed conflict in Juba in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese have been subjected to sexual violence including rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, sexual mutilation, torture, castration, or forced nudity. These acts of sexual violence are shocking in their scale and level of brutality, and will leave physical, psychological, and social impacts for decades to come.

Date:
24 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6469/2017
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  • Impunity

Philippines: Human rights must not be ignored during martial law

The Philippine government must ensure that human rights are protected during its campaign against militants in Mindanao, as martial law remains in place, Amnesty International said today. President Rodrigo Duterte today extended martial law in the southern island of Mindanao first imposed on 23 May 2016, for a further six months, to 31 December 2017. Since 23 May, Philippines armed forces have battled against the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State, in Marawi City, the capital of Lanao Del Sur province in northern Mindanao.

Date:
22 July 2017
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  • Peru
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Peru: Nothing to celebrate: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International expresses concerns about weaknesses in the Ombudsperson function, outstanding ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and inadequate legislation to protect Indigenous Peoples’ right to land. Amnesty International also raises concerns about impunity for past human rights violations, obstacles in the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive rights, persistent discrimination against LGBTI persons, violent repression of social protests by the security forces, and attacks against human rights defenders.

Date:
21 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 46/6624/2017
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  • Guatemala
  • Justice Systems

Guatemala: Major human rights challenges still pending: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International is concerned that the process to reform the Constitution appears to have stalled and so has the establishment of the National Commission for the Search for Victims of Enforced and Other Forms of Disappearance. Amnesty International also raises concerns about continued impunity for past crimes, lack of independence of the judiciary, violence against women, attacks on human rights defenders, a surge in asylum applications by Guatemalans worldwide, and the death penalty.

Date:
19 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6554/2017
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  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Rwanda: Setting the Scene for Elections: Two Decades of Silencing Dissent in Rwanda

Rwandans go to the polls on 4 August 2017 to elect their next president, in a climate of fear created by years of repression against opposition politicians, journalists and human rights defenders. They have been jailed, physically attacked – even killed – and forced into exile or silence. Prior human rights violations and unresolved cases of murders and disappearances continue to have a chilling effect on the current political and human rights context.

Date:
7 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 47/6585/2017
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  • Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Sudan: Submission to Special Procedures on the arrest and torture of Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam and Hafiz Idris Eldoma

Dear Chair and Special Rapporteurs, as you may be aware, the prominent Sudanese human rights defender (HRD), Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, and his colleague, Hafiz Idris Eldoma, were arrested on 24 November 2016 and 7 December 2016 respectively in Khartoum, Sudan. Amnesty International urges you to call on the Sudanese authorities to drop all the charges against Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam and Hafiz Edris Eldoma, and to stop any further harassment of HRDs in Sudan.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 54/6678/2017
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  • South Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan - "If men are caught, they are killed, if women are caught, they are raped" - Atrocities in Equatoria region turn country's breadbasket into a killing field

In South Sudan’s Equatoria region government and opposition forces have committed war crimes and widespread human rights abuses against civilians. Men, women and children have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burned alive in their homes. Women and girls have been gang-raped, some after having been abducted. Homes, schools, medical facilities and humanitarian organizations’ compounds have been looted, vandalized and burned down.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6612/2017
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  • Zambia
  • Death Penalty

Zambia: Rising impunity and lack of accountability

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Zambia in November 2017. In it, Amnesty International welcomes the new Constitution; however the organization is concerned about the Bill of Rights which does not sufficiently guarantee all rights. Some key ratifications also remain outstanding. Amnesty International also raises concerns about restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, discrimination and violence towards the Tonga ethnic group, imprisonment of political opponents, excessive the use of force by the police and impunity for such violations.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 63/6613/2017