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Pakistan: Wave of violence shows a horrific disregard for human life

Over the past fortnight, a series of bomb attacks claimed by a slew of armed groups has claimed the lives of more than 120 people and injured several more, raising concerns about the protection of human life. “All those suspected of responsibility for this horrific wave of violence must be brought to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts and without recourse to death penalty,” said Nadia Rahman, Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner.

Date:
23 February 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Lifetime Achievements: Paying Tribute to 4 Human Rights Heroes

By Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research On 26 February Hollywood’s brightest stars will gather in LA for the Oscars. The biggest film event on the calendar will provide a welcome distraction from the reality of a year that has seen assaults on human rights in almost every country. Times like these can bring out the best in us, mobilizing people around the world to fight for what is right. Just like in the movies, sometimes extraordinary circumstances can make heroes out of ordinary people.

Date:
23 February 2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and addressing the need for accountability for past and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations

We, the undersigned South Sudanese, regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to renew and strengthen the mandate and capacity of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan (the Commission) to address the continued lack of accountability for severe, widespread and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, during the upcoming 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UN HRC).

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/5774/2017
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

The human rights violators’ playbook: how to respond to an Amnesty International report

By Anna Neistat, Amnesty International's Senior Director of Research When Amnesty International (Amnesty) released a report documenting the mass hanging of thousands of prisoners in Syria’s Saydnaya Prison, the Syrian government was put on the back foot. President Bashar al-Assad himself responded, calling our report “childish” and “biased”, and even laughed as he said he didn’t know what went on in Saydnaya as he was "in the Presidential Palace”.

Date:
22 February 2017
  • Research
  • Myanmar
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Myanmar: National efforts to investigate Rakhine State violence are inadequate

National efforts to investigate human rights violations and possible crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar security forces in northern Rakhine State are not independent or credible and are unlikely to deliver justice, truth and reparations for victims and their families. The inability – or unwillingness – of the Myanmar authorities to independently and effectively investigate allegations of serious crimes under international law requires the international community to step-in to ensure accountability and prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation.

Date:
21 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5758/2017
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  • Tunisia
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Tunisia: Indictments a step closer for justice in Faysal Baraket’s case of death under torture

A Tunisian court has indicted 21 individuals for the torture to death of Faysal Barakat, more than 25 years after his arrest in October 1991 for criticising the Ben Ali government on television. The accused, who reportedly include members of the security forces and former state officials, have lodged an appeal against the indictments.

Date:
20 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 30/5735/2017
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  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Amnesty International’s Written Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

In recent months the Government of Burundi has imposed further restrictions on civil society, on top of an already severe clampdown since the beginning of the crisis in April 2015. Amnesty International shares the concerns raised by a group of UN Special Procedures on 6 February in this regard.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/5678/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Myanmar: Urgent action needed to address deteriorating human rights situation Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

This written statement highlights how, one year after the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government took office, the deterioration in the human rights situation in Myanmar requires immediate and urgent action from the UN Human Rights Council.

Date:
13 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5683/2017
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President Bashar al-Assad’s response to Amnesty International report on Saydnaya

In response to President Bashar al-Assad’s interview with Yahoo News in which he dismisses the findings of Amnesty International’s recent report on mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya military prison in Syria, the organization’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, said:  “In his interview President Bashar al-Assad repeatedly attempts to discredit Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • Research
  • Discrimination

Malawi: People with albinism in Malawi: written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International welcomes the findings of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism on her visit to Malawi from 18 to 29 April 2016. In her report the Independent Expert highlights widespread attacks against persons with albinism in the country and describes the situation as alarming. This written statement sets out Amnesty International's observations and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 36/5676/2017
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Afghanistan: Attack on ICRC is a horrific crime

The killing of six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northern Afghanistan is a horrific crime, Amnesty International said today. “By targeting the ICRC, who devote their lives to helping people in desperate need, the perpetrators have demonstrated a horrific contempt for human life,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. The killings in the northern Jowzjan province come a day after a suicide bomber killed more than 20 people at the entrance of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul.

Date:
8 February 2017
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  • Syria
  • Killings and Disappearances

Syria: Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria

At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced disappearance and extermination carried out at Saydnaya since 2011 have been perpetrated as part of an attack against the civilian population that has been widespread, as well as systematic, and carried out in furtherance of state policy.

Date:
7 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
MDE 24/5415/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Justice Systems

Indonesia: 28 years later, Talangsari victims are still being denied justice

On 7 February, as thousands of victims and victims’ families from Talangsari, Lampung mark the 28th anniversary of the serious human rights violations against them and are still demanding justice, Amnesty International is extremely concerned that the Indonesian government is attempting to resolve this and seven other cases solely through the establishment of a non-judicial mechanism. The organization calls on the Indonesia government to ensure that victims and their families receive truth, justice and reparation for the violations they have suffered.

Date:
7 February 2017
Author:
Amnesty International
Ref:
ASA 21/5628/2017
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Philippines: Duterte's 'war on drugs' is a war on the poor

As Analyn* was preparing a bottle of milk for her infant child, she heard a knock at the door. One of her husband’s friends answered it. She heard him say, “Sir, please don’t. There’s nothing here,” – and then a gunshot. The police stormed the house, shooting and killing 4 more men, including her husband. Police officers forced Analyn to leave her house and then searched it. When she returned hours later, her home was wrecked, with blood still soaking the bed where her husband was sleeping.

Date:
4 February 2017
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  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

USA must closely scrutinize CIA deputy director’s alleged torture links

Following the Trump administration’s appointment of Gina Haspel as Deputy Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:“Reports that Gina Haspel directed the alleged CIA ‘black site’ in Thailand, at a time when detainees held there were subjected to torture and enforced disappearance, as well as a possible role in the destruction of evidence of such crimes under international law, raise extremely serious concerns.

Date:
3 February 2017
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  • Philippines
  • Killings and Disappearances

Philippines: Duterte must end his "war on drugs"

Gener Rondina never stood a chance. When the Philippine police arrived at his home in the middle of the night, he tried to push an air conditioner out of the wall and flee through the opening. The police were waiting on the other side and shone a flashlight on his face. Terrified, he retreated inside, began pleading for his life, and offered himself up for arrest. Family members said he had been trying to quit his use and small-scale sale of drugs.

Date:
2 February 2017