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Saudi Arabia: Trump visit risks giving green light to violations of human rights

As US President Donald Trump embarks on his first foreign visit to attend the Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia, counter terrorism and security will dominate his discussions with Gulf and Arab state leaders. The President is also expected to unveil a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The glaring absence of human rights from Trump’s agenda will only embolden further violations in a region where governments flout the rights of their own people in the name of the fight against terror, and violate international humanitarian law in conflicts fueled on large part by US arms transfers, said Amnesty International.

Date:
19 May 2017
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  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Tricks of the trade? Open season on journalists in Mexico

The tragic news of the brutal murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas, a Mexican journalist renowned for his fearless reporting of the drug war wreaking havoc across Mexico, has sent shockwaves through the country. His journalism was particularly well-known in his home town of Culiacán, in Sinaloa. There, thousands of people are virtual hostages of a war between ruthless drug cartels and a government that is at best, unable to protect its people and, at worse, in collusion with those it claims to be fighting against.

Date:
19 May 2017
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  • Libya
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Act Now: Libyan Professor Abducted by Militias

On 20 April, University professor and father of four Dr Salem Mohamed Beitelmal was kidnapped by local militias on the outskirts of Tripoli. His fate and whereabouts remain unknown as the family has not been able to reach him since. On the morning of 20 April, Dr Salem Mohamed Beitelmal was driving to the University of Tripoli, a 20-minute drive from his house, when he was abducted. Dr Salem Beitelmal is an engineering professor at the Department of Maritime Engineering and used to drive to work every day.

Date:
17 May 2017
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  • Africa
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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
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Mexico: Fifth journalist killed this year in sickening assault on freedom of expression

The killing of a journalist in Mexico - the fifth such incident this year -highlights the alarming situation of freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Javier Valdez Cárdenas, founder of Río Doce media and reporter for La Jornada and El Noroeste, was shot dead a few metres away from his office in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. Javier was known for his work covering organized crime and drug trafficking.

Date:
15 May 2017
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  • Brazil
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Brazil: Gruesome history of police rape and killings exposed by Inter-American Court conviction

A damning ruling issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights exposes a gruesome history of rapes and killings by police in Rio de Janeiro; particularly of young, black and poor individuals, Amnesty International said today. The two organizations that filed the case at the court, The Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil) and The Institute for Religion Studies will hold a press conference this afternoon in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Date:
15 May 2017
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Papua New Guinea: Officers responsible for prisoner killings must meet justice

Responding to the killing by Papua New Guinea security forces of 17 prisoners who escaped Buimo jail as part of a mass breakout, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Champa Patel, said: “The Papua New Guinea authorities must immediately order an independent and effective investigation into these killings. They must suspend any officers involved until the investigation is concluded, and hold suspected perpetrators to account through fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Date:
15 May 2017
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Mexico: Killing of activist in Tamaulipas highlights government negligence

The killing of an activist leading the search for her daughter and thousands of others in Tamaulipas, Mexico, reveals the danger which those searching for the more than 30,000 disappeared persons in the country face every day, said Amnesty International. Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez was killed on the night of 10 May in the state of Tamaulipas in northern Mexico. Miriam was known for her work with groups searching for the disappeared, organizations made up primarily of relatives of victims of enforced disappearance and disappearance at the hands of non-state actors.

Date:
11 May 2017
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  • Americas
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Brazil: Spike in killings by Rio police as country faces UN review

Authorities in Brazil are increasingly turning a blind eye to a deepening human rights crisis of their own making, Amnesty International said in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of a review of the country on 5 May. Since Brazil last faced scrutiny at the UN’s Universal Periodic Review in 2012, a spike in violence has seen killings by the police in Rio de Janeiro nearly doubled to 182 in the first two months of 2017, as well as soaring rates of killings and other human rights violations elsewhere in the country.

Date:
4 May 2017
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  • Indonesia
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Indonesia: Human Rights Council must ensure strong recommendations at human rights review

States must ensure that strong recommendations are made when Indonesia’s human rights record is examined under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the third time on 3 May 2017. Since Indonesia’s last review in 2012, the human rights situation on the ground has stagnated. The Indonesian authorities have either ignored, or only partially implemented the numerous recommendations made by other states. States participating in the review must call on Indonesia to take the UPR process seriously and implement all the recommendations it committed to in its previous two reviews.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6156/2017
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Philippines ‘war on drugs’: Credible and impartial investigations needed after ‘secret jail cell’ revealed

Following today’s suspension of more than a dozen police officers and the announcement of an internal investigation into revelations that 12 people were detained illegally in a cramped “secret jail cell” in Manila on drugs-related charges, Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:“This is an alarming reminder of the depth of the human rights crisis sparked by President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’.

Date:
28 April 2017
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  • Americas
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Mexico: Senate’s approval of new law on enforced disappearances is a step forward which must be finalized soon

A bill on enforced disappearances approved today by the Mexican Senate could represent a step forward in the fight to tackle the country’s human rights crisis. Now all that is needed for the bill to become law is the approval of the Chamber of Deputies. “The definitive approval of the bill on enforced disappearances is crucial in order to begin to seriously address the nightmare which thousands of families face, searching for their loved ones in the face of serious risks and carrying out work which is the responsibility of the authorities”, said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
27 April 2017
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Venezuela: Increase in ‘witch-hunt’ of dissidents amidst political crisis

Venezuelan authorities are using the justice system to illegally increase persecution and punishment of those who think differently, says Amnesty International in a new report published today amidst an increase in protests around the country which have resulted in several deaths and hundreds of people injured and imprisoned. Silenced By Force: Politically-Motivated Arbitrary Detentions in Venezuela provides details on a catalogue of illegal actions on the part of the Venezuelan authorities to repress freedom of expression.

Date:
26 April 2017
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One year after the murders of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy

“I might not come any longer. I’m afraid. You had to flee from one place to another out of fear of being slaughtered by the extremists. If something like that happens again, I don’t have the strength or ability to do things like you. ” I have received many messages like this from fellow LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) activists in Bangladesh over the past year. On 25 April 2016, Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed mercilessly by extremists for promoting LGBT rights in Bangladesh – nothing has been the same since.

Date:
25 April 2017
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  • Philippines
  • Killings and Disappearances

Philippines: Open Letter on killings in the 'war on drugs'

This letter expresses Amnesty International's concerns about the unlawful killing of alleged drug offenders and urges the government to ensure prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigations into all killings by police and unknown armed persons since the start of the government’s ‘war on drugs’. The findings of these investigations should be made public, and where there is evidence of crimes being committed, criminal prosecutions should follow.

Date:
25 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/6110/2017
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Colombia: Wave of killings of Indigenous people highlights shortcomings in implementation of peace process

The killing of six Indigenous people in the past week raises serious doubts about the effectiveness of the measures implemented by the government to advance the peace process in Colombia, says Amnesty International. In the past week, six Indigenous people have been killed in the departments of Chocó, Cauca and Nariño, affecting theWounan, Nasa and Awá Indigenous Peoples, communities who have historically been seriously affected by the armed conflict.

Date:
21 April 2017