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Iraq: Battle between US-led coalition, Iraqi forces and Islamic State creates civilian catastrophe in west Mosul

Report sheds light on the scale of death, injury and suffering caused to civilians caught between the warring parties in Mosul Islamic State deliberately trapped families in west Mosul to use as human shields Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition used imprecise, explosive weapons, killing thousands of civilians. Some violations may constitute war crimes A new report by Amnesty International uncovers the horrifying scale of death, injury and suffering of civilians trapped in the battle for west Mosul.

Date:
11 July 2017
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Court ruling over UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia a ‘deadly blow’ to Yemeni civilians

A UK court ruling that the government is entitled to continue authorizing arms supplies to Saudi Arabia is a potentially deadly setback to Yemeni civilians, Amnesty International said today. The High Court in London dismissed a legal challenge from the NGO Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which claimed that such arms transfers should not take place because of the clear risk that the weapons supplied would be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen’s armed conflict.

Date:
10 July 2017
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UN: Nuclear weapons ban is an antidote to cynical brinkmanship

Following the United Nations’ adoption of a new global treaty outlawing nuclear weapons, James Lynch, Head of Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said: “This historic treaty brings us a step closer to a world free from the horrors of nuclear weapons, the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created. All states should give their full backing to this antidote to the cynical brinkmanship embodied in the development, stockpiling or use of nuclear weapons.

Date:
7 July 2017
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Amnesty International recommendations to the G20 on arms transfers and human rights

The G20 Summit, which this year focuses on ‘Shaping an Interconnected World’, is an important opportunity for G20 countries to affirm their collective commitment to ensuring that human rights are a fundamental part of the framework of the developing global interconnectivity, thus setting an important example to the rest of the world. Amnesty International is providing a set of recommendations to G20 countries on the importance of ensuring respect for human rights in all aspects of the arms trade which, if implemented, would demonstrate their global leadership in this area.

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 30/6584/2017
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Saudi Arabia: Trump visit risks giving green light to violations of human rights

As US President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign visit to attend the Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia, counter terrorism and security will dominate his discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The President is also expected to unveil a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The glaring absence of human rights from Trump’s agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled on large part by US arms transfers, said Amnesty International.

Date:
19 May 2017
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The world faces a historic opportunity to ban nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are once again high on the international agenda, and experts note that the risk of a nuclear detonation is the highest since the Cold War. As global tensions, uncertainty and risks of conflict rise amongst nuclear-armed states, nuclear weapons are treated as sabres to rattle, further heightening the risks of intentional or inadvertent use. Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created.

Date:
24 March 2017
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  • Yemen
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Yemen: Saudi Arabia-led coalition uses banned Brazilian cluster munitions on residential areas

Amnesty International has corroborated new evidence the Saudi Arabia-led coalition recently fired Brazilian-manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions striking three residential areas and surrounding farmland in the middle of Sa’da city, injuring two civilians and causing material damage. The attack, which took place at 10. 30pm on 15 February 2017, is the third confirmed use of Brazilian-manufactured cluster munitions documented by Amnesty International in the last 16 months.

Date:
9 March 2017
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Ending the trade in “tools of torture”: Five key principles

Every year in countries around the world, law enforcement officials subject detainees to torture and other forms of ill-treatment using a variety of equipment and techniques. Some equipment - such as body worn electric shock devices - is inherently abusive, while other equipment, like ordinary handcuffs, can have a legitimate role in law enforcement, but is systematically abused. To end this trade in “tools of torture” and prevent torture and other ill-treatment, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation are calling on all States to incorporate in their legal and administrative frameworks five principles.

Date:
3 March 2017
Ref:
ACT 10/5756/2017
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Iraq: End irresponsible arms transfers fuelling militia war crimes

Militias allied to the Iraqi government have access to arms from at least 17 countries Recent arms transfers have fuelled enforced disappearances, abductions, torture, summary killings, and deliberate destruction of civilian property Iraq is the world’s sixth-largest importer of heavy weaponry Paramilitary militias nominally operating as part of the Iraqi armed forces in the fight against the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are using arms from Iraqi military stockpiles, provided by the USA, Europe, Russia and Iran, to commit war crimes, revenge attacks and other atrocities said Amnesty International in a new report today.

Date:
5 January 2017
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Iraq: Turning a blind eye: The arming of the Popular Mobilization Units

Proliferation of arms and ammunition to militias across Iraq has had devastating impacts on civilians, dragging the country into a spiral of insecurity and instability. In the context of the conflict against IS, militias operating under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have extrajudicially executed, tortured and abducted thousands of men and boys. The PMU continue to use a wide range of arms and ammunition to commit or facilitate serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law with impunity.

Date:
5 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 14/5386/2017
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South Sudan: Arms embargo, sanctions fail at UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council’s failure to approve a 23 December, 2016, resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and placed a travel ban and asset freeze on three senior South Sudanese leaders was deeply disappointing, seven non-governmental groups said today. The measure failed to gain the nine votes needed to pass, with seven in favour and eight abstentions. “South Sudanese civilians had a reasonable expectation that the Security Council would make good on its long-standing threat to impose an arms embargo and extend sanctions to some of the senior leaders who have been responsible for grave human rights abuses,” said John Prendergast, founding director at the Enough Project.

Date:
23 December 2016
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Saudi Arabia: Immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions

Saudi Arabia should immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions, destroy its stockpile and accede to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, Amnesty International said after the Kingdom’s surprise admission today that it used the inherently indiscriminate weapon in Yemen. General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesperson for the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, stated today that it would cease use of UK-made BL-755 cluster munitions, confirming Amnesty International’s finding that this type had been used since at least December 2015.

Date:
19 December 2016
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UN: Landmark vote on nuclear weapons is a win for common sense and humanity

Following the UN General Assembly’s vote to adopt a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons, Patrick Wilcken, Researcher on Arms Control, Security, Trade and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said: “This historic decision is a vote for common sense and humanity. It brings us a step closer to a world free from the horrors of nuclear weapons, the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created.

Date:
28 October 2016
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Yemen's horror exposes the deadly hypocrisy of arms exporters like the UK and the USA

By Rasha Mohamed, Yemen Researcher at Amnesty International and Rasha Abdul Rahim, Arms Control Campaigner at Amnesty International The airstrike on Abs Rural Hospital in Yemen's Hajjah governorate on 15 August was the fourth attack on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in 10 months. That didn't lessen the shock. Sixteen-year-old ambulance driver Ayman Issa Bakri was among the 10 dead. He had been working there since MSF began supporting the hospital in the summer of 2015.

Date:
26 August 2016
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Killer Facts: The scale of the global arms trade

Transfers of heavy conventional weapons The top 10 exporters of conventional arms (excluding small arms/ light weapons – SALW) 2010-15 USA                     US$55. 006 billion Russia                  US$42. 404 billion China                   US$9. 943 billion Germany              US$ 9. 467 billion France                 US$ 8. 932 billion UK                       US$ 7. 627 billion Spain                   US$ 5.

Date:
22 August 2016
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UN: Zero tolerance for states who flout Arms Trade Treaty obligations

States Parties still engaging in unscrupulous arms transfers, putting lives and human rights at risk More than a quarter of States Parties are yet to meet the treaty’s reporting obligations Some States Parties opting to reject public scrutiny of their arms transfers States must ensure the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) lives up to its promise to save lives and protect human rights from the devastating effects of the international arms trade by taking concrete, transparent steps towards more effective implementation, Amnesty International said today.

Date:
22 August 2016