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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
  • Campaigns
  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: Further information: Prisoner of conscience on trial faces new charges: Nabeel Rajab

Prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab remains on trial for comments posted on Twitter. The verdict pursuant to his trial has been repeatedly postponed since October 2016. He also faces a new trial on separate charges related to TV interviews he gave. He faces up to 18 years in prison if convicted in both cases.

Date:
24 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/5776/2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Lifetime Achievements: Paying Tribute to 4 Human Rights Heroes

By Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research On 26 February Hollywood’s brightest stars will gather in LA for the Oscars. The biggest film event on the calendar will provide a welcome distraction from the reality of a year that has seen assaults on human rights in almost every country. Times like these can bring out the best in us, mobilizing people around the world to fight for what is right. Just like in the movies, sometimes extraordinary circumstances can make heroes out of ordinary people.

Date:
23 February 2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Philippines: Impending Arrest of Senator Politically Motivated

Amnesty International condemns the impending arrest of prominent human rights defender Senator Leila de Lima as politically motivated and is calling for all charges against her to be dropped immediately. The arrest of de Lima is a blatant attempt by the Philippine government to silence criticism of President Duterte and divert attention away from serious human rights violations in the “war on drugs. ”.

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5772/2017
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  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Israel/OPT: Human rights defenders signs plea bargain: Anas Barghouti

Human rights defender and former prisoner of conscience Anas Barghouti has agreed to a plea bargain to avoid prison. However, he remains subject to two suspended sentences should he be found to have violated the conditions of the plea deal by participating in protests in the next three years or being found to belong to the Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the next five years.

Date:
22 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/5754/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Disappearances

Viet Nam: Further Information: Growing health fears for prisoner of conscience - Trần Thị Thúy

Denied proper medical treatment by prison authorities since April 2015, when she was first diagnosed with a tumour on her uterus, Trần Thị Thúy is no longer able to walk without assistance. A prisoner of conscience, she has been detained since her arrest in 2010 and has expressed fears of death due to appalling prison conditions.

Date:
17 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 41/5727/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Thailand: Further Information: Activists could be charged for exposing torture

A decision by the Public Prosecutor on whether to prosecute three human rights defenders on criminal defamation and computer crimes in connection with their online documentation of torture in Thailand is expected imminently. The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment plus fines of up to 300,000 baht (US $8,330). The group are to report to Pattani Police Station on 21 February 2017.

Date:
16 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/5687/2017
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  • 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
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Democratic Republic of Congo: Further Information: LUCHA activist released without charge: Musasa Tshibanda

Musasa Tshibanda, an activist from the youth movement Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was released on 8 February. He was not charged. He had been in incommunicado detention since 16 December 2016 when he was arrested together with another activist, Gloria Senga.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5660/2017
  • Research
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

The situation of human rights defenders: written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 24 March 2017)

This written statement sets out Amnesty International's concerns with regard to the situation of human rights defenders globally almost 20 years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It also sets out a number of recommedations to the UN Human Rights Council.

Date:
13 February 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5647/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Myanmar: Urgent action needed to address deteriorating human rights situation Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)

This written statement highlights how, one year after the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government took office, the deterioration in the human rights situation in Myanmar requires immediate and urgent action from the UN Human Rights Council.

Date:
13 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5683/2017
  • Research
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Business and Human Rights

Myanmar: Mountain of trouble: Human rights abuses continue at Myanmar’s Letpadaung mine

This briefing examines the current human rights situation at Myanmar's largest copper mine, the Letpadaung mine. The operating company, a subsidiary of China’s Wanbao Mining, intends to extend the mine’s perimeter, putting hundreds of people at risk of forced eviction from their homes and farmland. The company has also failed to undertake an adequate environmental assessment of the mine, putting the safety of the neighbouring communities at risk.

Date:
10 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/5564/2017