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Colombia: Spike in attacks against peace community shows conflict still alive

An unabated wave of threats, killings and forced displacement of hundreds of peaceful villagers in north-western Colombia is a frightening illustration that the armed conflict is far from over, months after a peace accord was signed, warned Amnesty International on the 20th anniversary of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. “Alarmingly, in large parts of Colombia, the armed conflict is as alive as ever.

Date:
21 March 2017
  • News
  • Angola
  • Women and Girls

Angola: Respect Women’s Right to March

The Angolan government must allow protesters to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said ahead of a planned demonstration in Luanda for a women’s right to have an abortion. The protest, scheduled for March 18, 2017, is in response to the new draft penal code currently before parliament, which punishes without exceptions those who have or perform an abortion with up to 10 years in prison.

Date:
17 March 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • UN

Timor-Leste: Amnesty International Urges Renewed Action on Past Human Rights Violations

Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Timor-Leste. Amnesty International welcomes Timor-Leste’s acceptance of recommendations to address past human rights violations and ensure the delivery of reparations to the victims, and accepting recommendations to implement the Media Law in line with its international human rights obligations, to uphold the rights to freedom of expression and to ensure freedom of the press.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 57/5922/2017
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UN: Report on sexual abuse paves way for meaningful reform

In response to UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ annual report on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, issued today, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Joanne Mariner said: “UN Secretary-General António Guterres rightly recognizes that sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers and other UN personnel is a cruel and inexcusable wrong that soils the reputation of the United Nations as a whole.

Date:
9 March 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Women and Girls

Southeast Asia: As governments fail on human rights, women stand up

As the world marks International Women’s Day, Amnesty International recognizes the work of six distinguished women human rights activists who have faced harassment, threats, imprisonment, and violence for standing up for human rights in the region. “In Southeast Asia, there are few governments who can be proud of their human rights records, but there are countless women across the region who have braved great dangers to take a stand against injustice,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
7 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • South Africa
  • Women's Rights

8 women show us why International Women’s Day is the day to declare: We won’t wait for our rights!

People across the world are joining today’s Women’s Strike, demonstrating the consequences of A Day Without A Woman. Can we afford a day without women like these eight, whose refusal to wait is the key to reversing an increasingly regressive trend for women’s rights? If there’s one thing we’ve learned from January’s historic Women’s March, it’s that women are fed up of waiting. Today, that fervour hits the streets again in what looks set to be a historic women’s strike.

Date:
5 March 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Iran
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Iran: Further information: UK-Iranian charity worker needs medical care: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is suffering with severe arm, neck and back pain and needs urgent hospitalization. An appeal court has upheld her five-year prison sentence for the charge of “membership of an illegal group” in connection with her work with BBC Media Action and Thompson Reuters Foundation.

Date:
22 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/5748/2017
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Central American carnage – how Trump’s border wall would lock refugees in a life of violence and fear

The image of a dozen children playing behind a tall metal fence, surrounded by armed guards, says it all – in one of the world’s most dangerous barrios, even playtime happens under security lockdown. The newly built park is located in the Rivera Hernández neighbourhood of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It’s one of the deadliest areas of the most dangerous city in one of the most dangerous countries on earth.

Date:
20 February 2017
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  • Americas
  • Discrimination

USA: Trump’s seven first steps to sabotage human rights

Since taking over at the White House, US President Donald Trump has wasted little time putting into action his poisonous campaign rhetoric. In his first couple of weeks in office, he pushed through a series of repressive executive orders that threaten the human rights of millions at home and abroad. Here are seven potentially devastating steps already taken by President Trump: Turning his back on refugees One week into his administration, Trump suspended the country’s refugee programme for 120 days, implemented an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees and introduced an annual refugee cap of 50,000.

Date:
6 February 2017