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Indonesia: At least 60 killed as police shootings of drug suspects skyrocket

The number of police killings of suspected drug dealers has skyrocketed in Indonesia this year, an alarming rise which signals that authorities could be looking to emulate the murderous “war on drugs” in neighbouring Philippines, Amnesty International said today. At least 60 suspected drug dealers have been killed by police – some of whom have been seconded to the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) - since 1 January 2017, compared to 18 in all of 2016, according to data gathered by Amnesty International.

Date:
16 August 2017
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  • Kenya
  • Unlawful Killings

Kenya: Investigate police killings of pro-opposition protesters

The Kenyan authorities must investigate reports that police shot dead demonstrators protesting against the outcome of the presidential election last night, said Amnesty International today as protesters started gathering again in opposition strongholds. As celebrations began in pro-government areas after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the presidential election, supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga poured onto the streets in parts of Nairobi and Kisumu to protest the outcome.

Date:
12 August 2017
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  • Indonesia
  • Justice Systems

Indonesia: Investigate police’s use of lethal force against Papuans in Deiyai

Amnesty International calls on the Indonesian authorities to immediately order an impartial and effective investigation into allegations that police used lethal force arbitrarily leading to the death of one man and injuries to at least ten other Papuans, including children in Papua province. The investigation should be carried out by a body independent of the police. The findings must be made public and those suspected of criminal responsibility, including those with command responsibility, must be brought to justice in fair proceedings and victims granted adequate reparations.

Date:
11 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6893/2017
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  • Mali
  • Terrorism

Mali: Violations and abuses as instability spreads

Since the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Mali in 2013, instability has spread from the north to the centre of the country, with a growing number of armed groups carrying out attacks. The state of emergency, first imposed in November 2015, has been repeatedly extended, most recently in April 2017. Amnesty International has consistently expressed its concern about a wide range of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law committed by Malian security forces and international forces on one hand, and armed groups on the other hand.

Date:
4 August 2017
Ref:
AFR 37/6835/2017
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  • Cameroon
  • Armed Conflict

Cameroon's secret torture chambers: Human rights violations and war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram

This report delves deeper, documenting the cases of 101 individuals who, between March 2013 and March 2017, were held incommunicado, tortured, and sometimes killed by Cameroonian security forces in facilities run by the military and intelligence services. Despite such practices being in violation of both national and international law, the use of torture in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram has become widespread and routine, and practiced with impunity.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 17/6536/2017
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  • Unlawful Killings

Cambodia: Call for Commission of Inquiry into the killing of Kem Ley

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the killing of Kem Ley on 10 July 2016, 164 organizations worldwide, including Amnesty International reiterate concerns regarding the apparent lack of progress in investigating this case, as well as the inadequate investigation and trial of Oeuth Ang, the only person yet convicted or charged in relation to Kem Ley’s death. In light of the inadequacy of the investigation, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) is urged to establish an independent and impartial Commission of Inquiry, in line with international standards, to continue the investigation.

Date:
10 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/6690/2017
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  • South Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan - "If men are caught, they are killed, if women are caught, they are raped" - Atrocities in Equatoria region turn country's breadbasket into a killing field

In South Sudan’s Equatoria region government and opposition forces have committed war crimes and widespread human rights abuses against civilians. Men, women and children have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burned alive in their homes. Women and girls have been gang-raped, some after having been abducted. Homes, schools, medical facilities and humanitarian organizations’ compounds have been looted, vandalized and burned down.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6612/2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: Ongoing atrocities turn country’s breadbasket into a killing field

Close to one million people forcibly displaced in Equatoria region, fuelling world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis Civilians shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt in their homes Women and girls abducted and gang-raped A new frontline in South Sudan’s conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the country’s fertile Equatoria region over the past year, creating ongoing atrocities, starvation and fear, according to a new Amnesty International briefing published today.

Date:
4 July 2017
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  • Nigeria
  • Death Penalty

Nigeria: Shell complicit in the arbitrary executions of Ogoni Nine as writ served in Dutch court

New case could put an end to decades of impunity for Shell Esther Kiobel has fought for justice for her husband for more than twenty years Oil giant Shell stands accused of complicity in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of nine men who were hanged by Nigeria’s military government in the 1990s, Amnesty International can reveal today, following the launch of an explosive new case against the company in the Netherlands over four of the executions.

Date:
29 June 2017
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  • South Sudan
  • Armed Groups

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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  • Nigeria
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Response to Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations

Responding to the summary of the report by a the Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations, Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria said: “We stand by the findings of our research and our call for an investigation that is independent, impartial and thorough; criteria that this panel clearly does not meet. We maintain that the nine senior commanders named in our report should be the subject of an effective and independent investigation.

Date:
15 June 2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Armed Conflict

Myanmar: "All the civilians suffer" : Conflict, displacement, and abuse in Northern Myanmar

Over the last seven months, fighting has intensified between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and northern Shan States, areas with long-running conflicts as ethnic minorities have sought greater autonomy and respect for their rights. This report documents war crimes and other human rights violations by the Myanmar Army, including extrajudicial executions, torture, forced labour, and indiscriminate shelling.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6429/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Armed Conflict

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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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Groups

Democratic Republic of the Congo: International Commission of Inquiry needed to ensure justice, truth and reparation for human rights violations and abuses in the Kasai region

Item 10: Amnesty International written statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council (6 - 23 June 2017). Violent conflict in the Kasai region, which has forced 1. 3 million people to flee their homes, requires urgent and immediate action from the UN Human Rights Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other crimes under international law committed by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have contributed to a conflict now affecting eight provinces in which an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed.

Date:
12 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6421/2017