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Time to rein in Myanmar's Army and protect civilians trapped in northern conflict

When Ngau Masar watched her husband Le Mei Tah speed off on his motorbike on the morning of 4 December 2016, little did she know she might never see him again. Two weeks earlier, heavy fighting had prompted the family to flee to China from their village in northern Myanmar. When they returned, they joined thousands of others in makeshift camps near the border. Soldiers remained ubiquitous in the area’s villages, where some houses showed damage from airstrikes.

Date:
19 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Zambia
  • Detention

Zambia: Opposition leader held in inhumane conditions: Hakainde Hichilema

There is fear for safety of Hakainde Hichilema after he was transferred from Lusaka Central Correctional Facility in Lusaka Province to Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility in Central Province. He is being held under degrading and inhumane conditions at the Maximum Security Prison. The conditions to which he is subjected may amount to torture and other ill-treatment. Hakainde Hichilema is facing the charge of treason together with five others for allegedly obstructing a Presidential Motorcade.

Date:
19 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 63/6504/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Release blogger Raif Badawi, still behind bars after five years

Marking the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Saudi Arabian blogger and prisoner of conscience Raif Badawi, Samah Hadid, Middle-East Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International said: “Raif Badawi has already served half of his prison term, but he shouldn’t be locked up in the first place. Saudi Arabian authorities must ensure his immediate and unconditional release, as well as the release of all prisoners of conscience detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Date:
16 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Further information: Sentence confirmed on Saudi Arabian writer: Nazeer al-Majed

Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed was informed on 15 May that the Court of Appeal of the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh has upheld his seven-year prison sentence. Nazeer al-Majed has been detained since 18 January solely for having peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 23/6510/2017
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  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Eritrea: Oral Statement Delivered During the Thirty-Fifth Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

Amnesty International welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s calls for international accountability regarding the human rights situation in Eritrea. Since the beginning of the mandate in 2012, the Special Rapporteur has monitored and highlighted the crimes of enslavement, persecution, enforced disappearance, rape, torture, and murder, which have occurred in Eritrea since 1991. The mandate has been instrumental in monitoring the human rights emergency on the ground, and its reports are consistent with Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6436/2017
  • Research
  • Kazakhstan
  • UN

Kazakhstan: Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee: follow-up to the concluding observations of Kazakhstan’s second Periodic Report

In advance of the upcoming review of the follow-up information to the Concluding Observations (CCPR/C/KAZ/CO/2) provided by the Government on 28 December 2016 and 9 May 2017, Amnesty International submits the following information in relation to paragraphs 18, 24 and 54 of the Concluding Observations to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee). This document supplements the information submitted by Amnesty International prior to the 117th session in June 2016.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 57/6447/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Armed Conflict

Myanmar: "All the civilians suffer" : Conflict, displacement, and abuse in Northern Myanmar

Over the last seven months, fighting has intensified between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan States, areas with long-running conflicts as ethnic minorities have sought greater autonomy and respect for their rights. This report documents war crimes and other human rights violations by the Myanmar Army, including extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, and indiscriminate shelling.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6429/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Armed Conflict

Myanmar: Ethnic minorities face range of violations including war crimes in northern conflict

CHINESEBURMESE   Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan States, Amnesty International said today in a new report based on three recent trips to the conflict area. ‘All the Civilians Suffer’: Conflict, Displacement and Abuse in Northern Myanmar details how soldiers from the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s Armed Forces are known, mete out torture and extrajudicial executions, shell civilian villages indiscriminately and place punitive restrictions on movement and humanitarian access.

Date:
14 June 2017
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  • Lesotho
  • Poverty

Lesotho: A human rights agenda for the new Lesotho government

National elections in Lesotho took place on 3 June 2017. The Independent Electoral Commission released the results, indicating a coalition government led by Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) party. This comes after former Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a vote of no confidence in the Lesotho Parliament on 1 March 2017. On 7 March King Letsi announced the dissolution of the Lesotho Parliament.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 33/6468/2017