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Sri Lanka: Establish Office on Missing Persons immediately

Amnesty International calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately implement the much delayed Office on Missing Persons. “The people of Sri Lanka cannot wait any longer. Tens of thousands of families, from all communities, have waited far too long already. The Office on Missing Persons must be established as soon as possible,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. “It is encouraging that both the President and the Prime Minister have reached out to families of the disappeared over recent days.

Date:
23 June 2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: THE GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE UNHINDERED MOVEMENT TO THE UN EXPERT TEAM MANDATED TO COLLECT AND PRESERVE EVIDENCE ON THE KASAI CRISIS

The Human Rights Council (‘the Council’) has adopted a resolution requesting the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to dispatch a team of international experts to collect and preserve information, and to determine the facts and circumstances concerning alleged human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law, in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6586/2017
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  • Africa
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South Sudan - "It was as if my village was swept by a flood" - Mass displacement of the Shilluk population from the West Bank of the White Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced in January to May 2017, as government forces burnt, shelled and looted their homes. Aided by Dinka militias, government forces undertook a ground offensive in the Upper Nile region in early/mid 2017, retaking territory that had been under the control of armed opposition forces. They attacked numerous towns and villages on the west bank of the White Nile, an area belonging to the traditional kingdom of the Shilluk ethnic minority.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6538/2017
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  • Africa
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South Sudan: Killings, mass displacement and systematic looting as government forces purge civilians from Upper Nile

Tens of thousands of civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region were forcibly displaced as government forces burnt, shelled and systematically looted their homes between January and May 2017, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today based on interviews with dozens of victims and eyewitnesses. Civilians belonging to the Shilluk minority told Amnesty International how government troops and allied militias stole anything they could get their hands on in the aftermath of attacks, from stored food supplies to furniture and even the front doors of houses.

Date:
21 June 2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
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Time to rein in Myanmar's Army and protect civilians trapped in northern conflict

When Ngau Masar watched her husband Le Mei Tah speed off on his motorbike on the morning of 4 December 2016, little did she know she might never see him again. Two weeks earlier, heavy fighting had prompted the family to flee to China from their village in northern Myanmar. When they returned, they joined thousands of others in makeshift camps near the border. Soldiers remained ubiquitous in the area’s villages, where some houses showed damage from airstrikes.

Date:
19 June 2017
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  • Africa
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Eritrea: Oral Statement Delivered During the Thirty-Fifth Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

Amnesty International welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s calls for international accountability regarding the human rights situation in Eritrea. Since the beginning of the mandate in 2012, the Special Rapporteur has monitored and highlighted the crimes of enslavement, persecution, enforced disappearance, rape, torture, and murder, which have occurred in Eritrea since 1991. The mandate has been instrumental in monitoring the human rights emergency on the ground, and its reports are consistent with Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6436/2017
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Lesotho: End culture of impunity to reverse recent spike in human rights violations

Lesotho’s newly elected government must act swiftly to ensure accountability for past human rights violations and end the spike in abuses recorded in recent years, Amnesty International said today. The organization is releasing a human rights agenda today for the new government ahead of the inauguration of the incoming Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane, on 16 June. “For the past few years, Lesotho has been characterized by a political and security crisis, resulting in a spike in human rights violations.

Date:
14 June 2017
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Myanmar: Ethnic minorities face range of violations including war crimes in northern conflict

CHINESEBURMESE   Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan States, Amnesty International said today in a new report based on three recent trips to the conflict area. ‘All the Civilians Suffer’: Conflict, Displacement and Abuse in Northern Myanmar details how soldiers from the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s Armed Forces are known, mete out torture and extrajudicial executions, shell civilian villages indiscriminately and place punitive restrictions on movement and humanitarian access.

Date:
14 June 2017
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Malawi: Failing criminal justice system fuels a new wave of attacks on people with albinism

A new wave of killings and attacks targeting people with albinism over the past six months is being fueled by systemic failures in Malawi’s criminal justice system which leave members of this vulnerable group at the mercy of criminal gangs, Amnesty International said today on International Albinism Awareness Day. Since January 2017, at least two people with albinism have been killed while seven more have reported crimes such as attempted murder or abduction.

Date:
13 June 2017
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  • Iraq
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643 Iraqi Men Missing for a Whole Year: Where Are They?

At least 643 men and boys from Saqlawiya in the Anbar governorate in Iraq, remain missing more than a year after they were abducted by Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militias. The abductions happened during military operations to retake Fallujah and surrounding areas from the control of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS). Their families have lived in agony ever since, uncertain whether or not their loved ones are safe – or even still alive.

Date:
11 June 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Iraq/US-Led Coalition: Weapons Choice Endangers Mosul Civilians

The expected battle involving Iraqi and US-led coalition forces against the Islamic State (ISIS) in west Mosul’s Old City poses a considerable threat to civilians and civilian objects, international humanitarian and human rights organizations said today. All warring parties should cease using explosive weapons with wide area effects and inherently indiscriminate weapons in densely populated west Mosul.

Date:
8 June 2017
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As Papua New Guinea Approaches New Elections, Human Rights Concerns Persist

Later this month, Papua New Guinea will go to the polls to elect a new government. The country’s seven million people, who are spread across several islands and speak more than 800 languages, form one of the most diverse electorates. Once famed for its natural resources, Papua New Guinea is among the world’s poorest countries, a fact that is keenly felt today as the economic boom of a few years ago has yielded to a mere 2 per cent annual growth.

Date:
7 June 2017
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Afghanistan: Security forces open fire on protesters voicing anger over Kabul blast

Responding to the Afghan security forces opening fire today on crowds protesting insecurity in the wake of the 31 May bombing in Kabul, Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director, said: “The security forces’ use of excessive and fatal force on protesters voicing anger over one of Afghanistan’s deadliest attacks ever illustrates the authorities’ contempt for the lives of ordinary people.

Date:
2 June 2017