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Jamaica's culture of fear allows police to get away with murder

The morning her brother was shot dead in January 2014, Shackelia Jackson had slept through her alarm. She woke up to the sound of his name and instantly knew something was wrong. When she ran down to the modest restaurant he operated in downtown Kingston, she noticed the spoon in the rice pot, the flour where the chicken was being fried. Then one of his slippers, and blood marks. Her brother, Nakiea, had just prepared lunchtime orders and taken the garbage out when he was shot by the police.

Date:
23 November 2016
  • News
  • Jamaica
  • Discrimination

Jamaica: Illegal police tactics fuel scores of murders and sow culture of fear

Jamaican authorities and local police are promoting a culture of fear amongst women and their families in marginalized communities to cover up thousands of alleged unlawful police killings amid systematic injustice, Amnesty International said in a new report today. Waiting in vain: Unlawful police killings and relatives’ long struggle for justice explores the catalogue of illegal tactics used by police across Jamaica to ensure relatives of victims of unlawful killings by the police do not pursue justice, truth and reparation for their loved ones.

Date:
23 November 2016
  • News
  • South Africa
  • Business and Human Rights

South Africa: Four years after Marikana killings, Lonmin fails to improve ‘appalling’ housing for thousands of workers

NOTE: Journalists and editors seeking broadcast-quality B-roll and images from the investigation on Marikana's poor housing issue, please click here http://goo. gl/S7cE9T   British platinum mining giant Lonmin Plc is still failing to deliver adequate housing for its workforce in Marikana, in spite of the resounding wake-up call it received in the wake of the killing of 34 striking mine workers in 2012, Amnesty International revealed today in a new report.

Date:
15 August 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Rio 2016: Has Brazil lost even before the Olympics have begun?

Several promises and thousands of nice words fill the three volumes of the candidacy dossier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Since 2009, when the country won the Olympic bidding process, Brazilians have been living with high expectations for hosting the world’s largest mega-event. But in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s favourite postcard, there is a poignant sense of déjà vu. Rio also hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Pan American Games in 2007.

Date:
4 July 2016
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  • Venezuela
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Petty politics - the cause of crushing poverty in oil rich Venezuela

The doctor opened the door of the emergency room with a wide, albeit nervous, smile. She was welcoming us to her world, where miracles are meant to happen. But as we walked deep into the corridors of Hospital JM de los Rios in Caracas, the largest pediatric hospital in Venezuela, her smile faded and tears began running down her face. “What do we need? Absolutely everything,” she said. Hospitals are hardly joyful places, but this was a snapshot of hell.

Date:
4 July 2016
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Brazil on fast-track course to repeat epic World Cup failures during Olympics

Brazil is on a fast-track course to repeat the deadly mistakes it has been making around policing for decades, made even more evident during the 2014 World Cup, which left a long trail of suffering, Amnesty International said today in a briefing two months ahead of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony. Violence has no place in these games! Risk of human rights violations at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games reveals how Brazilian authorities and sports governing bodies in Rio de Janeiro have put in place the same ill-conceived security policies which led to a sharp increase in homicides and human rights violations by security forces since the 2014 World Cup.

Date:
2 June 2016
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  • Brazil
  • Poverty

The dark side of Rio 2016: 20 families win fight to stay in their homes, against all odds

By Josefina Salomón, news writer at Amnesty International @josefinasalomon It is a story with an unthinkable ending. A true fight of David against Goliath. On the one hand, 20 families living in the ruins of what was once a vibrant community of 600 families set up five decades ago in front of what is now Rio’s Olympic Park – and one of the city’s property hotspots. On the other, the unbreakable will of Rio de Janeiro’s authorities, determined to vacate the land, despite having awarded the community the right to be there for a century.

Date:
9 May 2016
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  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan's man-made hunger crisis

The horrific attack in the UN-run Malakal Protection of Civilians camp, which claimed the lives of 18 civilians and began on 17 February, is a harsh reminder that despite the stuttering peace process, the situation for South Sudan remains desperate. These were just some of the latest atrocities in a conflict that has claimed countless lives and left 2. 8 million facing crisis-level food insecurity. [See: UN peacekeepers in South Sudan: protecting some of the people some of the time] I have just returned from South Sudan where I witnessed the impact of this man-made crisis first hand.

Date:
25 February 2016
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  • Discrimination

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: General Recommendation on gendered-dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change: Amnesty International’s preliminary observations

In this written submission, Amnesty International provides preliminary observations to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for the preparation of a General Recommendation on the gendered-dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change. The document aims to comment on elements set out by the Committee so far and provides additional observations and recommendations from Amnesty International.

Date:
22 February 2016
Ref:
IOR 40/3468/2016
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Salil Shetty Address to Munich Security Conference 2016

The Humanitarian Situation in Africa and the Middle East Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty addresses world leaders at the Munich Security Conference on 14 February, 2016. FULL TEXT: Thank you. Speaking after Kofi, under whom I had the privilege of working in my last job at the UN, is generally a bad idea, like being asked to perform or sing after Pavarotti or Beyoncé or Morgan Freeman.

Date:
16 February 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Detention

Pope Francis must resist Mexico’s well-oiled PR machine

Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico was controversial from the start. It is one of the most reverently Catholic countries in the world but with a shocking human rights record. It was reported that high on the Pope’s agenda were the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students and the plight of thousands of Central American migrants, but this did not seem to sit well with the administration of President Peña Nieto.

Date:
10 February 2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Discrimination

Kenya: Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

This submission focuses on the right to adequate housing, including the prohibition on forced evictions. In particular, Amnesty International is concerned about the failure of the government of Kenya to comply with its obligations to refrain from and prevent forced evictions, and the failure to ensure equal access to water and sanitation to people living in slums and informal settlements which has a particularly negative impact on women and girls.

Date:
9 February 2016
Ref:
AFR 32/3413/2016