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Cameroon: Amnesty report reveals war crimes in fight against Boko Haram, including horrific use of torture

• Detainees subjected to severe beatings, agonising stress positions and drownings, with some tortured to death • Widespread torture at 20 sites, including four military bases, two facilities run by intelligence services, a private residence and a school • Calls for US and other international partners to investigate their military personnel’s possible knowledge of torture at one base  Hundreds of people in Cameroon accused of supporting Boko Haram, often without evidence, are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • Research
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Conflict

Cameroon's secret torture chambers: Human rights violations and war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram

Since 2014, the armed group Boko Haram has killed over 1,500 civilians in the Far North region of Cameroon, through a series of brutal and often indiscriminate attacks, in addition to its kidnapping of women and girls and its widespread looting and destruction of property. Amnesty International believes that Boko Haram has been engaged in a non-international armed conflict with the Cameroonian security forces since at least 2014.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 17/6536/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Human rights defender charged with terrorism

The Bahraini authorities’ decision to bring terrorism charges against Ebtissam al-Saegh, a human rights defender detained since 3 July 2017, is a chilling blow to human rights in the country, said Amnesty International. Ebtisam al-Saegh was previously tortured, including by being sexually assaulted by members of the Bahrain National Security agency while she was held in custody last May. “Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
19 July 2017
  • News
  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Morocco/Western Sahara: Verdict in Sahrawi trial marred by failure to adequately investigate torture claims

A court today convicted 23 Sahrawi activists over deadly clashes in Western Sahara after failing to exclude evidence tainted by allegations of torture during the trial hearings, said Amnesty International. Early this morning the Rabat Court of Appeals sentenced the defendants to prison terms ranging from two years to life imprisonment in connection with the clashes that followed the forcible dismantlement of a protest camp in Gdim Izik, Western Sahara, in 2010, killing 11 members of the security forces and two Sahrawi protesters.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Americas
  • Women and Girls

Chile: Deputies must use historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion

The Chilean Chamber of Deputies has an historic opportunity to put the country on the right side of human rights, Amnesty International said ahead of a debate today on the potential decriminalization of abortion under three circumstances. Late last night, the Chilean Senate passed a bill to decriminalize abortion under three circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, and in cases of lethal foetal impairment, “Chile is finally taking a step away from the small number of countries that still expose women and girls to terrible suffering due to the cruel and draconian laws and policies that violate their human right to make free choices about their own bodies, health and lives,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Lebanon
  • Armed Conflict

Lebanon: Thousands at risk as Arsal security operation looms

Responding to a statement by Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announcing an imminent security operation in the outskirts of the town of Arsal, in northeast Lebanon,Lynn Maalouf, Middle-East Director of Research for Amnesty International said: “It is of utmost importance for the Lebanese army and other sides involved in the fighting in Arsal to prioritize the protection of Lebanese residents as well as Syrian refugees in the area.

Date:
18 July 2017
  • News
  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • Detention

Morocco/Western Sahara: Torture Allegations Cast Shadow over Trial

Verdict Awaited for Sahrawis Charged in Fatal 2010 Clashes  The Moroccan judicial authorities should ensure that upcoming verdicts in a mass trial are not based on confessions or statements implicating other defendants obtained under torture or other ill-treatment during police interrogations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The Rabat Court of Appeals is expected to issue its verdict in the trial of 24 Sahrawi defendants shortly after a hearing scheduled for July 18, 2017.

Date:
17 July 2017
  • Research
  • Uzbekistan
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Uzbekistan: Time for deeds, not words: achieving positive human rights change in Uzbekistan

On the occasion of the EU-Uzbekistan Cooperation Council meeting, which will take place in Brussels on 17 July 2017, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and Amnesty International urge the EU to emphasise the need for concrete changes in the human rights situation in Uzbekistan.

Date:
17 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 62/6749/2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: Detained defender interrogated continuously: Ebtisam al-Saegh

Bahraini human rights defender, Ebtisam al-Saegh, has been under continuous and lengthy interrogation since her arrest on 3 July when she also started a hunger strike. She is at high risk of torture or other ill-treatment and requires urgent medical attention. Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6743/2017
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  • Americas
  • Detention

Mexico: Arbitrary detentions taint “new” justice system

The toxic combination of a flawed judicial system, untrained police officers and widespread impunity are encouraging arbitrary detentions and leading to torture, executions and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said in a new report today. False suspicions: Arbitrary detentions by police in Mexico demonstrates how police across Mexico routinely detain people arbitrarily in order to extort them.

Date:
13 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Ukraine
  • Unlawful Detention

Ukraine: Further information: De-facto authorities deny holding journalist: Stanislav Aseev

Stanislav Aseev, a freelance journalist, has been missing in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) in eastern Ukraine since 2 June. The pro-Russian separatist authorities in Donetsk deny having any information regarding his whereabouts but Amnesty International has heard from a confidential source that he is under the custody of the de-facto “Ministry of State Security”.

Date:
12 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 50/6725/2017