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Algeria: Authorities must adequately investigate death of jailed journalist after months in coma

On 11 December, British-Algerian freelance journalist Mohamed Tamalt, 41, died in custody in Mohamed Lamine Debaghine University Hospital in Bab El Oued, Algiers, over five months after his arrest on 27 June. He had immediately gone on hunger strike to protest against his detention, before entering coma in late August. Hundreds attended his burial in Bourouba cemetery in Algiers on 12 December, including human rights defenders and civil society activists.

Date:
11 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/5430/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • UN

Indonesia: It's not good enough: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 27th Session of the UPR Working Group, May 2017

Amnesty International is concerned about the failure by Indonesia to ensure truth, justice and reparations for the victims of past human rights violations and their relatives, and the fragile justice system in the country. Rather than listening to victims and their families, the authorities have attempted to silence public discussions in many areas of Indonesia and have disbanded events related to the mass human rights violations that occurred in 1965-66 and the use of unnecessary and excessive force, particularly in Papua.

Date:
14 December 2016
Ref:
ASA 21/5345/2016
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Terrorism

Morocco: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 27th session of the UPR Working group, May 2017

Since Morocco’s last review the government has taken some steps towards adopting some of the recommendations, yet has ignored other key recommendations. Amnesty International is concerned about ongoing restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly, including by prosecuting journalists, forcibly dispersing peaceful protests, and restricting the activities of NGOs. The organization regrets that the current draft law to amend the Penal Code leaves provisions that restrict the right to freedom of expression largely unchanged.

Date:
1 September 2016
Ref:
MDE 29/5470/2016
  • News
  • Burundi
  • Corporal Punishment

Burundi: UN findings must be a wake-up call on torture

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) issued a wake-up call to Burundi today, said Amnesty International after the Committee flagged an increase in the use of torture and other ill-treatment since the beginning of the country’s current crisis in April 2015. In its concluding observations following a special report submitted at CAT’s request, the Committee’s 10 independent international experts expressed deep concern over hundreds of cases of torture alleged to have taken place in recent months in both official and unofficial places of detention.

Date:
12 August 2016
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Discrimination

Indonesia: Repeal abhorrent bylaw that imposes flogging for consensual sex

Authorities in the Indonesian region of Aceh must immediately repeal a controversial new bylaw which imposes harsh flogging sentences for consensual sex in some instances and could make it easier for rapists to escape justice, said Amnesty International today. Aceh’s new Islamic Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayat) came into effect today, imposing caning sentences for consensual sexual relationships outside marriage and same-sex relations, punishable by up to 30 lashes and up to 100 lashes, respectively.

Date:
23 October 2015
  • News
  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Mexico: Spike in torture reports reveals deepening human rights crisis

Mexico’s torture epidemic has reached new catastrophic levels with reports of asphyxiation, rape and other sexual abuse, electric shocks and beatings at the federal level more than doubling in the last year, said Amnesty International in a new report today as President Peña Nieto prepares to present a new Torture Bill to Congress. “A year ago, it would have been hard to imagine how Mexico’s torture crisis could have gotten any worse and then it just did while the government continues to turn a blind eye to a crisis of their own creation,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
23 October 2015
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Indonesia: Repeal or revise all provisions in the new Aceh Islamic Criminal Code that violate human rights

Amnesty International and the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) are gravely concerned about the passage of the Aceh Islamic Criminal Code (Qanun Jinayat) which comes into effect throughout Aceh Province on 23 October 2015. The code will criminalize consensual sexual relations and extend the use of caning as a form of punishment. These provisions represent a clear contravention of Indonesia’s Constitution and are a violation of international human rights treaties to which Indonesia is a state party.

Date:
23 October 2015
Ref:
ASA 21/2726/2015
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  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Chile: Amnesty law keeps Pinochet’s legacy alive

"Many of them have died waiting for justice. Many have died in silence. We've had enough of painful waiting and unjustified silences. This is the time to join together in the search for truth. " With those words, exactly a year ago today, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet marked the 41st anniversary of the 1973 coup d’etat in which a defiant Augusto Pinochet took power by force. More than 3,000 people were killed or disappeared and more than 38,000 arbitrarily detained and tortured during the 17 years of military regime that followed.

Date:
11 September 2015
  • Research
  • Brazil
  • Corporal Punishment

Brazil: You killed my son: Homicides by military police in the city of Rio de Janeiro

Extrajudicial executions at the hands of police officials are frequent in Brazil. In the context of the so-called “war on drugs”, military police forces have unnecessarily and excessively used lethal force, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people over the past decade. The authorities often use the legal term of “resistance followed by death” as a smokescreen to cover up killings committed by the police officers.

Date:
3 August 2015
Ref:
AMR 19/2068/2015
  • Campaigns
  • Nigeria
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

My first week of freedom after 10 years in a Nigerian jail

When I called my mother from prison to tell her I’d been pardoned after 10 years in jail, she fainted. I was told they had to pour water on her to revive her. Later, when she saw me for the first time after all those years in jail, she grabbed me and held me so tight. She wouldn’t let go for almost 15 minutes. The whole time she had tears of joy streaming from her eyes. Football and juice: celebrating with my death-row friends I was also overwhelmed with joy when I found out about my pardon at 4pm on 28 May.

Date:
30 June 2015
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

I survived a torture chamber and this is my message to you...

“What happened to your finger?” people ask me when they shake my hand and see my nails. What happened is that my fingernails and toenails were pulled out. The scars people see are the lasting marks that torture has left me with. When I wear sandals, seeing my toes reminds me of what I went through. Torture affects people in so many ways. It’s inhuman: heating cutlasses on a fire and then flogging a person’s back is barbaric.

Date:
26 June 2015