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Burundi: Open letter on urgency of addressing Burundi Crisis during upcoming EAC Heads of State Summit

In this open letter Amnesty International, while recognising the efforts already underway, urge Heads of State to ensure that resolving the Burundi crisis is a priority for the Heads of State Summit of the East African Community to be held on 20 May, and to provide the renewed political leadership and commitment which is needed to end the crisis.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/6278/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Impunity

Oral Statement on the human rights situation in Africa at the 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

In the last four ordinary sessions of the African Commission, Amnesty International has highlighted in its oral statements the patterns of large scale violations and abuses committed in the context of conflict by armed groups and government forces. Even though the nature and intensity of current conflicts in Africa vary considerably, they are all marred with gross and widespread human rights violations.

Date:
10 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6198/2017
  • Blog
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

A time warp: Face-to-face with emergency restrictions in Ethiopia

My three days in Addis Ababa felt like a step back in time. As part of my day job, I keep abreast of developments in Ethiopia, so I thought I knew the true extent of restrictions people there have to endure every day – especially since the state of emergency was imposed in October last year. But I was unpleasantly surprised on my recent visit there. You really cannot imagine what it is like to live under the state of emergency just by reading about it in a newspaper in Nairobi, Johannesburg or London.

Date:
9 May 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • International Justice

Africa: Malabo Protocol: Legal and institutional implications of the merged and expanded African Court - Snapshots

In June 2014, the Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights (the Malabo Protocol) was adopted by the African Union. The Malabo Protocol provides for the inclusion of criminal jurisdiction within the remit of the proposed African Court of Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR). While the ACJHR can play a vastly positive role in a continent persistently afflicted by the scourge of conflict and impunity for crimes under international law, there are a number of concerns and implications arising from the proposal to expand its jurisdiction.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6137/2017
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  • Myanmar
  • International Organizations

Myanmar: Joint Open Letter to Various Governments Regarding the UN-Mandated Fact-Finding Mission

Joint Open letter calling on States, including the US, UK and the member states of the EU, ASEAN and the OIC to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State, as well as active conflict areas in Kachin State and northern Shan State, as recently mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Date:
27 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6130/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • International Organizations

Africa: Counting gains, filling gaps: strengthening African Union’s response to human rights violations committed in conflict situations

The scale of atrocities in recent and ongoing conflicts in Africa has prompted the African Union Peace and Security Council to recognize the intimate link between peace and security and human rights. It has begun to take measures to address human rights violations that lead to and/or committed in conflict situations. This report examines the extent to which the respect, promotion, and protection of human rights is integrated into the peace and security processes of the African Union.

Date:
20 April 2017
Ref:
AFR 01/6047/2017
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  • Morocco/Western Sahara
  • International Organizations

UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara must urgently monitor human rights

The UN must prioritize human rights monitoring for the situation in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara and Sahrawi refugee camps across the border in Tindouf, Algeria, Amnesty International urged ahead of a Security Council vote next week on 27 April to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping presence in the area. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) does not currently have a mandate to document or report on the human rights situation despite the fact that abuses continue to be committed by both the Moroccan authorities and the Polisario Front, a Sahrawi pro-independence movement, which administers Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, southern Algeria.

Date:
18 April 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Hungary: Plan to brand NGOs has sombre echoes of Russia’s ‘foreign agents law’

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Hungary that receive foreign funding – even direct European Union support – risk being discredited and undermined by a draft law leaked to the media, said Amnesty International today. Proposals in the draft Law on the transparency of organizations funded from abroad would force NGOs receiving more than 24k EUR per year to re-register as “civic organization funded from abroad” and to put this stigmatizing label on every publication.

Date:
7 April 2017
  • Research
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

International Law Commission: commentary to the Third Report on crimes against humanity

In this new paper about the draft Convention on crimes against humanity, Amnesty International notes its serious concerns regarding the existing legal and practical framework for state cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity; welcomes several provisions proposed this year by professor Sean D. Murphy in his Third Report (advance copy) and also suggests improvements on some new draft articles.

Date:
7 April 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5817/2017
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  • Armed Conflict

Syria: UN Security Council must take decisive action after Idleb chemical attack

Experts believe a nerve agent such as sarin gas was deployed from the air Amnesty International authenticated and analyzed dozens of videos from attack site Deadliest chemical attack since 2013 follows other chemical weapons use and widespread war crimes using conventional weapons Evidence gathered is suggesting a nerve agent was used in an air-launched chemical attack which killed more than 70 and injured hundreds of civilians in Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s northern province of Idleb, Amnesty International revealed as the UN Security Council meets for an emergency meeting in New York this morning.

Date:
5 April 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Discrimination

Myanmar: Fact-finding mission welcome, urgently needed, overdue

An internationally mandated fact-finding mission to look at human rights violations in Myanmar is welcome, urgently needed and long overdue, Amnesty International said today. “The announcement of an independent international fact-finding mission to look into human rights violations in Myanmar is long overdue. After the Myanmar government’s failure to establish a credible investigation into the security forces’ crimes against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State, there is an urgent need for a team of international experts examine alleged violations there, in Kachin and in northern Shan State,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
24 March 2017
  • News
  • Armed Conflict

The world faces a historic opportunity to ban nuclear weapons

Nuclear weapons are once again high on the international agenda, and experts note that the risk of a nuclear detonation is the highest since the Cold War. As global tensions, uncertainty and risks of conflict rise amongst nuclear-armed states, nuclear weapons are treated as sabres to rattle, further heightening the risks of intentional or inadvertent use. Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created.

Date:
24 March 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
  • News
  • International Organizations

UN: Report on sexual abuse paves way for meaningful reform

In response to UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ annual report on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, issued today, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Joanne Mariner said: “UN Secretary-General António Guterres rightly recognizes that sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers and other UN personnel is a cruel and inexcusable wrong that soils the reputation of the United Nations as a whole.

Date:
9 March 2017
  • Research
  • Uzbekistan
  • International Organizations

Uzbekistan: Amnesty International’s submission to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers: Garabayev v. Russian Federation (no.38411/02) group of cases

This submission summarizes and updates the report by Amnesty International Fast-Track to Torture: Abductions and Forcible Returns from Russia to Uzbekistan, published in April 2016. It focuses on the most pressing issues of concern to the organization, also reflected in the decision on individual and general measures adopted by the Committee at its 1250th meeting (8-10 March 2016).

Date:
7 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 62/5839/2017