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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
  • Armed Conflict

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
  • Detention

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
  • Armed Groups

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
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  • Africa
  • Impunity

Oral Statement on the human rights situation in Africa at the 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

In the last four ordinary sessions of the African Commission, Amnesty International has highlighted in its oral statements the patterns of large scale violations and abuses committed in the context of conflict by armed groups and government forces. Even though the nature and intensity of current conflicts in Africa vary considerably, they are all marred with gross and widespread human rights violations.

Date:
10 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6198/2017
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  • Africa
  • International Justice

Africa: Malabo Protocol: Legal and institutional implications of the merged and expanded African Court - Snapshots

In June 2014, the Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (the Malabo Protocol) was adopted by the African Union. The Malabo Protocol provides for the inclusion of criminal jurisdiction within the remit of the proposed African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR). While the ACJHR can play a vastly positive role in a continent persistently afflicted by the scourge of conflict and impunity for crimes under international law, there are a number of concerns and implications arising from the proposal to expand its jurisdiction.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6137/2017
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  • Gambia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Gambia: Human rights priorities for the new Gambian government

In this document Amnesty International urges the new Gambian government to: Guarantee freedom of expression; Guarantee freedom of assembly; End arbitrary arrest, detention and torture; Strengthen the justice system; Take steps to abolish the death penalty; Protect and promote the rights of women and girls; Ensure non-discrimination; Promote and protect economic, social and cultural rights; Fully comply with international and regional human rights obligations; End impunity for human rights violations.

Date:
28 April 2017
Ref:
AFR 27/6123/2017
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  • Gambia
  • Impunity

Gambia: Progress in first 100 days of Barrow government requires major reform to break with brutal past

• 100 days into President Barrow’s rule, Amnesty International presents a human rights agenda for the country  • Commitment to International Criminal Court and release of political prisoners welcomed as major progress • Amnesty calls for repeal of repressive laws, reform of security forces, accountability for past human rights violations and abuses and abolition of the death penalty The Gambian authorities can make a decisive break from the country’s brutal past by repealing repressive laws, reforming the security services and ensuring accountability for past serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said today as Gambian President Adama Barrow marks 100 days in office.

Date:
27 April 2017
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  • Philippines
  • Unlawful Killings

ASEAN Summit: Leaders must take a stand against Philippines bloodshed

With mounting evidence of government involvement in thousands of extrajudicial executions in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, Amnesty International is calling on regional leaders to take a stand against possible crimes against humanity as they meet at the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila this week. “While they meet in their comfortable surroundings, ASEAN leaders should spare a thought for the thousands of people who have been killed as part of Duterte’s brutal crackdown.

Date:
25 April 2017
  • Research
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

International Law Commission: commentary to the Third Report on crimes against humanity

In this new paper about the draft Convention on crimes against humanity, Amnesty International notes its serious concerns regarding the existing legal and practical framework for state cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity; welcomes several provisions proposed this year by professor Sean D. Murphy in his Third Report (advance copy) and also suggests improvements on some new draft articles.

Date:
7 April 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5817/2017
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Venezuela must protect human rights defenders and end impunity for past human rights violations

Human rights defenders in Venezuela continue to face intimidation and harassment as they carry out their legitimate activities. Many states made recommendations to guarantee freedom of expression and assembly and to ensure a free and enabling environment for civil society. Although Venezuela accepted most of the recommendations on freedom of expression, recent events demonstrate continuing challenges, for example recently CNN was removed from the cable television.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
AMR 53/6022/2017
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  • Cambodia
  • Impunity

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
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  • 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
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  • 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