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Why Indonesia must look backwards to build a stronger future

It is an honour to be here to give the second of this year’s Yap Thiam Hien human rights lectures. I am here at a time when Amnesty International is establishing a new national office in Indonesia, which we hope will give us a more present role in the already very active and strong human rights movement in the country. Yap Thiam Hien was one of the leading lights of the human rights movement in this country, and Amnesty is looking to be part of the collective efforts to build on his legacy and strengthen justice, equality and human rights in Indonesia.

Date:
24 March 2017
  • News
  • Sierra Leone
  • Unlawful Killings

Sierra Leone: One dead, two seriously injured as security forces open fire on protesting students

The security forces killed one person and seriously injured at least two others as they opened fire on protesting students in the city of Bo today, Amnesty International said. “This bloodshed and loss of young life is a tragedy and suggests a heavy handed response by the security forces to a student protest,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International West Africa researcher. “We urge the police to refrain from committing human rights violations and instead allow the students to safely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
23 March 2017
  • Research
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Since 2015, Amnesty International has documented patterns of human rights violations and crimes under international law linked to the end of President Kabila’s second and last constitutional term. We have documented the use of disproportionate, excessive and lethal force by the security forces in handling demonstrations.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5917/2017
  • Research
  • Libya
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

Amnesty International welcomes the report of the High Commissioner and echoes its concerns about the continued state of lawlessness in Libya. It is regrettable that despite the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement in December 2015, armed groups and militias continue to commit serious violations and abuses in a climate of impunity.

Date:
21 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 19/5918/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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
  • Research
  • Americas
  • Justice Systems

Jamaica: Open Letter from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice to Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Open Letter to Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on the 1st anniversary of his government from Amnesty International and Jamaicans for Justice. In this document the organizations address the Jamaican Prime Minister to encourage his government to move forwards with police and justice reforms. They also stress the need to end impunity for alleged unlawful killings by Jamaica’ security forces.

Date:
2 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 38/5803/2017
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Honduras: Justice gap over Berta Cáceres’ murder sends warning to activists

The scandalous lack of an effective investigation to find those responsible for ordering the brutal killing of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres sends a terrifying message to the hundreds of people who dare to speak out against the powerful, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the killing on 2 March. “Berta’s tragic murder illustrates the woeful state of human rights in Honduras.

Date:
27 February 2017
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  • Malaysia
  • Unlawful Killings

Malaysia: End impunity for unlawful deaths in custody

The Malaysian authorities must immediately order an independent and impartial investigation into the recent death of a 44 year old man in police custody and address the alarming number of deaths in detention and the lack of adequate investigations into possible human rights violations involved in such. At stake are two of the key human rights, which are non-derogable under international human rights law, namely the right to life and freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Date:
15 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 28/5698/2017
  • Research
  • 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
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Demonstrations

Kosovo: The killing of Mon Balaj and Arben Xheladini– a decade of waiting for justice

Ten years ago, on the 10th February 2007, Mon Balaj and Arben Xheladini were killed during a demonstration organized by Vetëvendosje (Movement for Self-Determination, today an opposition parliamentary party) in Priština/Prishtinë in Kosovo. They died after members of a Romanian Formed Police Unit, acting under the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) fired rubber bullets at demonstrators.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 70/5654/2017
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  • Syria
  • Unlawful Killings

Syria: Secret campaign of mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells and hanged to death. In five years, as many as 13,000 people, most of them civilians believed to be opposed to the government, were hanged in secret at Saydnaya.

Date:
7 February 2017
  • Research
  • 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
Ref:
ASA 21/5628/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Right to Health

Philippines: "If you are poor, you are killed": Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines' "War on Drugs"

Since President Duterte took office in June 2016, there has been a campaign of violence against alleged drug offenders. More than 7,000 people have been killed, roughly one-third during formal police operations and the rest by unknown shooters. Based on 110 interviews and the documentation of 33 cases, this report shows that many drug-related killings are extrajudicial executions that directly implicate the police.

Date:
31 January 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5517/2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Discrimination

Canada: Solidarity must defeat hate after heinous attack on Québec mosque

Following last night’s deadly shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Québec City, Béatrice Vaugrante, Director General of Amnesty International Canada-Francophone said: “Amnesty International strongly condemns this act targeting Muslims, demonstrating a total disregard for life and a religion-based hatred. “We send our condolences to the families of the victims and the wider community of this mosque.

Date:
30 January 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Terrorism

Egypt: Investigate potential extrajudicial execution of North Sinai men: Six of the men were in police custody at the time of their killing

The Egyptian judicial authorities must conduct an impartial, independent and thorough investigation into the killing of 10 men by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) on 13 January in al-Arish in the North Sinai governorate and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said today. Six of the 10 men were in police custody at the time of their killing, having been held incommunicado for up to three months.

Date:
23 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 12/5534/2017