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Together we are stronger

As a relative of a young man killed by the police in Kingston, Jamaica, many people have asked me how my family copes with the pain, with having lost a part of us, with the immense frustration of not having found justice for Nakiea. The answer is not easy. Some days, the strength to continue fighting for justice comes from within, others, from the support we have received from so many people from around the world.

Date:
22 March 2017
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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
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Myanmar: Act now on Rakhine Commission report

Myanmar’s authorities must immediately act on the urgent calls made in an interim report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today. “The authorities must immediately act on the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations to grant humanitarian access, end the media blackout in northern Rakhine State, and ensure the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
17 March 2017
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“Human beings have no value here”: Fifteen years on still waiting for answers

It was 8. 45pm when the phone rang. “Ali is no longer at Salfit, he’s escaped to Israel,” the hoarse voice of a Palestinian security officer said on the other end of the line. That phone call on 12 March 2002 was the last piece of official information the Al-Khdair family ever received about their son and brother, Ali. Fifteen years later, they are still waiting to find out whether Ali Al-Khdair is dead or alive and what really happened to him.

Date:
16 March 2017
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Philippines: Stop new killings and implement police reforms urgently

Dozens of further killings by police of people suspected of using and selling drugs indicate that police reforms, promised by the President during a month-long suspension of anti-drug operations in the country, have failed to materialise. According to figures provided to the media by the Philippine National Police, there have been at least 27 killings in anti-drug operations since the government relaunched its anti-drug campaign, “Double Barrel Reloaded” ten days ago.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5894/2017
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Burundi: Amnesty International’s Oral Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

From the start of the current crisis, the Government of Burundi has stifled the work of independent media and civil society, although, despite major restrictions on their work, NGOs continue to document and report serious human rights violations in the country. Since this Council discussed Burundi in September 2016, more restrictive measures have been imposed, including the closure of several human rights organizations and introduction of new controls on the work of NGOs.

Date:
13 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/5863/2017
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Malawi: Step up action to end ritual murders of people with albinism

The Malawian authorities must step up action to protect people with albinism who are being targeted for ritual murders, Amnesty International said today, following another attack in the country’s capital Lilongwe. Last night four men attempted to drill through the wall of the home of Gilbert Daire, former president of the Association of the People with Albinism, as he slept. They fled the scene after his neighbours intervened.

Date:
10 March 2017
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Nepal: Investigation urgently needed after security forces shoot protesters dead

Nepal’s authorities must promptly investigate the security forces who opened fire on a crowd of protestors in Saptari district in the Tarai, Nepal’s southern plains, killing three people and injuring 16, Amnesty International said today. “This was an unlawful use of lethal force. There must be a prompt, effective and impartial investigation, and those responsible must be held accountable,” said Aura Freeman, Amnesty International’s Nepal campaigner.

Date:
7 March 2017
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Colombia: Paramilitaries force hundreds off their homes as conflict persists

The forced displacement of nearly 400 people from a community in North West Colombia by a paramilitary group is tragic evidence that the armed conflict is far from over, said Amnesty International. Over the weekend, some 200 armed men identified as members of paramilitary group the Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, AGC) entered the town of Peña Azul, Alto Baudó, Chocó, in North Western Colombia.

Date:
7 March 2017
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Berta Cáceres and the open wounds of Honduras

The last time I spoke to Berta Cáceres, Lenca Indigenous environmental defender in Honduras and founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras, COPINH), I heard the seriousness of the situation reflected in her voice. The campaign which COPINH had been carrying out for years against the installation of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, on the River Gualcarque, was conflicting with powerful economic and political interests, and threats against her and other members of COPINH were becoming all too common.

Date:
3 March 2017
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Bangladesh: Man Released From Long Secret Detention

Two Others Held Incommunicado Should Be Released or Charged The release this week of a man held incommunicado for more than six months after his apparent abduction by security forces is a step forward, but Bangladeshi authorities need to immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of two other men held in secret detention, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Humam Quader Chowdhury, who was taken away by men in plainclothes on August 4, 2016, was released March 2, 2017, near his family home in Dhaka.

Date:
2 March 2017