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DRC: THE GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE UNHINDERED MOVEMENT TO THE UN EXPERT TEAM MANDATED TO COLLECT AND PRESERVE EVIDENCE ON THE KASAI CRISIS

The Human Rights Council (‘the Council’) has adopted a resolution requesting the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to dispatch a team of international experts to collect and preserve information, and to determine the facts and circumstances concerning alleged human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law, in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Date:
23 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6586/2017
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Oral statement delivered during the thirty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

The human rights situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) requires immediate action from this Council. Hundreds of extrajudicial executions and other serious violations of international human rights law have been committed by the Armed Forces of the DRC. Violence now affects at least five provinces, and an estimated 500 to 1,000 people have been killed and 1. 3 million1 have been forced to flee their homes.

Date:
22 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6562/2017
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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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DRC: Human rights grievances fuelling a “desperate and dangerous” situation

Responding to an urgent appeal by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and nine former African heads of state warning that the future of the DRC is in grave danger, Sarah Jackson, Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes said: “The launch of this appeal is extremely timely and we echo the concerns raised by Kofi Annan. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a powder-keg of human rights grievances that frequently spill over into violence.

Date:
16 June 2017
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Switzerland: Better safeguards needed to protect human rights. Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International is concerned about proposed changes to the Constitution which could undermine respect for human rights, the lack of a provision in the Criminal Code to expressly prohibit torture, and the absence of a national human rights institution. The organization also raises concerns about protection of the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, domestic violence, discrimination against LBGTI persons, the ban on full face veil, and weaknesses in the implementation of UPR and other UN recommendations.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 43/6505/2017
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Eritrea: Oral Statement Delivered During the Thirty-Fifth Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 6-23 June 2017

Amnesty International welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s calls for international accountability regarding the human rights situation in Eritrea. Since the beginning of the mandate in 2012, the Special Rapporteur has monitored and highlighted the crimes of enslavement, persecution, enforced disappearance, rape, torture, and murder, which have occurred in Eritrea since 1991. The mandate has been instrumental in monitoring the human rights emergency on the ground, and its reports are consistent with Amnesty International’s findings.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6436/2017
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Kazakhstan: Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee: follow-up to the concluding observations of Kazakhstan’s second Periodic Report

In advance of the upcoming review of the follow-up information to the Concluding Observations (CCPR/C/KAZ/CO/2) provided by the Government on 28 December 2016 and 9 May 2017, Amnesty International submits the following information in relation to paragraphs 18, 24 and 54 of the Concluding Observations to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee (the Committee). This document supplements the information submitted by Amnesty International prior to the 117th session in June 2016.

Date:
15 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 57/6447/2017
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Belarus: The Human Rights Council must renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus

Amnesty International deplores the sharp rise in death sentences and executions in Belarus and the continued violation of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression. The detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors across the country in March and April this year, with multiple reports of excessive use of police force, was extreme even by Belarusian standards. In such a context, it is imperative that the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus is extended and that the Belarusian authorities grant full access to the country.

Date:
14 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 49/6512/2017
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Human rights should be central to capacity building in public health: Panel discussion on realizing the right to health by enhancing capacity-building in public health

Amnesty International oral statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council (6 - 23 June 2017). Amnesty International research has shown that public health systems often do not adequately address the health needs of specific groups. The organization calls on the Human Rights Council to urge States, with support from relevant UN agencies, to: Develop and strengthen public health systems; Invest in human rights training for health workers; and to Develop robust accountability mechanisms in health systems.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6448/2017
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Nigeria: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: 67th Session, 3-21 July 2017

In this submission Amnesty International focuses on the following issues: Legislative measures taken by Nigeria to ensure the protection of the rights of women and girls: Gender based violence resulting from displacements and armed conflict: Forced evictions which led to the disproportionate loss of livelihoods for women, and gender based violence and, finally, the use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by the police.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/6430/2017
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Turkey: Deterioration Of Human Rights Must Be Addressed By The United Nations Human Rights Council

Amnesty International written statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council (6 - 23 June 2017). Almost a year since the coup attempt of July 2016, human rights enjoyment is under attack in Turkey. While the deterioration of the human rights situation in Turkey is not new, the scale of the current crackdown and its impact have been described as unprecedented by Amnesty International and other domestic and international organizations.

Date:
6 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6434/2017
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The UN Human Rights Council must urge states to take a gender-sensitive approach to combatting arbitrary killings - Written statement to HRC 35

Amnesty International welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, which emphasizes the need for States, the United Nations and civil societies to take a gender-sensitive approach to combatting arbitrary killings and realizing the right to life. This documents sets out some of Amnesty International's concerns and includes recommendations to the Human Rights Council.

Date:
2 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6394/2017
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Pakistan: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 120th Session, 3-28 July 2017

This submission provides information about some of the violations of several substantive rights set out in the Covenant with reference to the use of the death penalty, including by military courts, enforced disappearances, the blasphemy law, and the growing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression. The human rights violations that the submission draws attention to are interconnected, and linked to ongoing armed conflicts, political violence, and Pakistan’s National Action Plan to counter-terrorism.

Date:
1 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 33/6380/2017