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Colombia: Abduction of UN official highlights obstacles in local implementation of peace process

Amnesty International demands the immediate release of the United Nations official Harley López, abducted in Barranquillita (Guaviare), in south-eastern Colombia. His illegal deprivation of liberty is a wake-up call for the Colombian authorities to the urgent protection needs of thousands of people throughout the country, the organization said today. According to official sources and United Nations agencies, the official from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime was abducted by dissidents from the 1st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Thursday 4 May.

Date:
8 May 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Killings and Disappearances

Brazil: Spike in killings by Rio police as country faces UN review

Authorities in Brazil are increasingly turning a blind eye to a deepening human rights crisis of their own making, Amnesty International said in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of a review of the country on 5 May. Since Brazil last faced scrutiny at the UN’s Universal Periodic Review in 2012, a spike in violence has seen killings by the police in Rio de Janeiro nearly doubled to 182 in the first two months of 2017, as well as soaring rates of killings and other human rights violations elsewhere in the country.

Date:
4 May 2017
  • News
  • Tunisia
  • UN

Tunisia must seize opportunity to reboot reforms after UN Human Rights Council review

The Tunisian government must demonstrate its commitment to human rights by accepting recommendations on combating torture, ending discrimination and protecting women and girls from sexual and gender based violence, said Amnesty International. The Tunisian government received recommendations from more than 50 states at the country’s third Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council today.

Date:
2 May 2017
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  • Indonesia
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Indonesia: Human Rights Council must ensure strong recommendations at human rights review

States must ensure that strong recommendations are made when Indonesia’s human rights record is examined under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for the third time on 3 May 2017. Since Indonesia’s last review in 2012, the human rights situation on the ground has stagnated. The Indonesian authorities have either ignored, or only partially implemented the numerous recommendations made by other states. States participating in the review must call on Indonesia to take the UPR process seriously and implement all the recommendations it committed to in its previous two reviews.

Date:
2 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/6156/2017
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  • Bahrain
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Bahrain: 32 dissidents rounded up within days in clampdown ahead of UN human rights session

Bahrain’s authorities have dramatically escalated their crackdown against perceived critics with 32 people summoned for questioning by the Public Prosecution within the past five days and charges brought against the majority of them, said Amnesty International, less than a week ahead of the country’s UN human rights review session in Geneva on 1 May. Those summoned include human rights defenders, political activists, lawyers, a journalist and relatives of victims of human rights violations, raising fears that they are being targeted as part of a deliberate attempt to stop them – and deter others - from criticizing Bahrain ahead of and during its upcoming review at the UN Human Rights Council.

Date:
25 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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  • Finland
  • Discrimination

Finland: Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Amnesty International submits this document in advance of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (hereinafter the Committee) consideration of Finland’s 23rd periodic report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in April 2017. This submission summarizes Amnesty International’s concerns about Finland’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Convention.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 20/6007/2017
  • Research
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Joint Observations regarding Revised General Comment No. 1 (2017) on the implementation of article 3 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The Alkarama Foundation, Amnesty International, the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture, the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the Redress Trust (REDRESS) provide these comments to the Committee on the draft revised General Comment No.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6040/2017
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Armed Conflict

DRC: Renewal of MONUSCO’s mandate, an opportunity to recommit to civilian protection in the DRC

The mandate renewal of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is an opportunity for the UN to reaffirm its commitments and step up its efforts to prevent further deterioration of the human rights situation and protect civilians in the DRC and the entire Great Lakes region, Amnesty International said today.

Date:
27 March 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/5971/2017
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  • 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
  • Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • UN

Israel/OPT: UN Secretary-General’s report to the Security Council presents key opportunity to highlight Israel’s ongoing illegal settlement activity and its impact on Palestinians

On Friday 24 March the UN Security Council is due to receive the first Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 2334 (2016). The resolution, passed on 23 December 2016, calls on Israel to immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), including East Jerusalem.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/5952/2017
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  • Americas
  • Discrimination

Following political crisis Haiti must urgently advance human rights agenda

Haiti’s acceptance of recommendations to ratify the UN Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is significant in a situation where tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent born in the neighbouring Dominican Republic have been rendered stateless. Amnesty International urges the Haitian government to work closely with the Dominican government to restore Dominican nationality to those arbitrarily deprived of it in 2013.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
AMR 36/5899/2017
  • Research
  • UN

Call for applications and proposed criteria for selection and appointment of a new UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

The Human Rights Council will appoint a new Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism at its 35th regular session in June 2017. Amnesty International, Alkarama Foundation, the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Service for Human Rights and the World Organization against Torture, call on States, NGOs and others, including relevant professional networks, to use the checklist attached to identify eligible candidates for consideration for the upcoming vacancy.

Date:
17 March 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5902/2017