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Mexico: Fresh evidence of execution by military highlights flawed security strategy

Fresh video evidence, independently verified by Amnesty International, showing men dressed in Mexican military uniforms shooting a person dead during a security operation in central Mexico highlights the urgent need to stop the military from performing policing functions, Amnesty International said today as Mexico debates a bill that would allow the army to act as police. “This video shows what human rights activists have been reporting for decades: the Mexican military is out of control and should never be tasked with public security operations,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

China: Imminent execution for former government official: Zhao Liping

A former government official has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the killing of a young woman. His family has raised serious concerns about whether he received a fair trial and he alleges that he gave a “confession” after being subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. His execution could be imminent.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 17/6326/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Detention

Iran: Further information: Reprisal for speaking out against 1988 massacre: Maryam Akbari Monfared

Prisoner of conscience Maryam Akbari Monfared has been threatened with an additional three-year prison term and exile to a remote prison. This was in reprisal for her open letters seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were extrajudicially executed in 1988. She has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since 2009 serving a 15-year sentence.

Date:
22 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/6267/2017
  • Research
  • Indonesia
  • LGBT Rights

Indonesia: Revoke conviction and caning sentence for gay men in Aceh

Amnesty International urges the authorities in Aceh to immediately revoke the conviction and sentence of 85 lashes to two gay men convicted of consensual same-sex sexual relations (liwath) by the Shari’a court. This is the first case of conviction for consensual same-sex sexual relations, criminalised under the Aceh Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayat), which came into effect in October 2015.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6279/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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
  • Research
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Human rights defenders under threat – A shrinking space for civil society

While the world’s powerful are increasingly using toxic narratives of fear and division casting collective blame for social ills onto minority groups, those who dare to make a stand against injustice and defend human rights are under attack. This report is part of Amnesty International’s Global Campaign: Brave, launched to combat measures by the powerful to threaten and attack HRDs and shrink the space in which civil society operates.

Date:
16 May 2017
Ref:
ACT 30/6011/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Bahraini opposition member at risk of torture: Nizar al-Qari

On 5 May, Nizar al-Qari, a member of the opposition party al-Wefaq, was arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), where he alleges he was deprived of sleep and handcuffed behind his back for long periods of his detention. On 8 May, he was charged with “illegal gathering in Duraz” and taken back to the CID where he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
15 May 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6259/2017
  • Research
  • 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
  • Campaigns
  • Turkey
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Turkey: Further Information: Ensure safety of three extradited men: Turgay Karaman, İhsan Aslan and İsmet Özçelik

Three Turkish men who had been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Malaysia between 2 and 4 May under anti-terrorism legislation were extradited to Turkey on 11 May. They are currently detained in Turkey and are at risk of further human rights violations, including torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
15 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6256/2017