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Serbia: Still Failing to Deliver on Human Rights: Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 29th Session of the UPR Working Group, January 2018

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review of Serbia in January 2018. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Serbia in its previous UPR and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Serbia. Amnesty International raises concerns about failure of national legislation to meet international human rights standards and poor implementation of legislation that does meet such standards; impunity for crimes under international law, including enforced disappearances, and lack of adequate reparation; the failure to prevent forced evictions; and the failure to protect the rights of refugees and migrants.

Date:
17 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 70/6953/2017
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  • Montenegro
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Montenegro: Failure to Implement International Law: Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 29th Session of the UPR Working Group, January 2018

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Montenegro in January 2018. In the submission, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Montenegro in its previous UPR (including in relation to the rights of Roma and Ashkali refugees from Kosovo), assesses the national human rights framework and the human rights situation on the ground, and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Montenegro to address the human rights challenges mentioned in this report.

Date:
17 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 66/6956/2017
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South Sudan: UN must boost civilian protection as Lacroix visits IDP camps

United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan (UNMISS) must shore up efforts to protect civilians, Amnesty International said ahead of a 31 July to 2 August country visit by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. According to UNMISS, Lacroix will meet with political leaders, humanitarian actors, and internally displaced people (IDPs) – including those sheltering in UNMISS-run sites in Malakal and Bentiu.

Date:
28 July 2017
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  • South Sudan
  • Armed Conflict

South Sudan: "Do not remain silent": Survivors of sexual violence in South Sudan call for justice and reparations

Since the outbreak of South Sudan’s internal armed conflict in Juba in December 2013, thousands of South Sudanese have been subjected to sexual violence including rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, sexual mutilation, torture, castration, or forced nudity. These acts of sexual violence are shocking in their scale and level of brutality, and will leave physical, psychological, and social impacts for decades to come.

Date:
24 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 65/6469/2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Algeria: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, list of issues

This submission sets out some of Amnesty International’s key concerns about violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant), and in particular with regard to freedom of religion or belief and religious minorities (articles 18 and 27), freedom of expression and opinion (article 19), freedom of assembly and association (articles 21 and 22), accountability for past abuses (article 2), freedom of movement (article 12), the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment and fair trial guarantees (articles 7 and 14) and the death penalty (article 6).

Date:
24 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 28/6776/2017
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  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Human rights defenders are key for 2030 Agenda

Human rights defenders play a crucial role in promoting and defending the human rights of all people to live free from fear and free from want without discrimiantion, which are key for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the context of the forthcoming High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), held under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, to review progress towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Amnesty International urges states undergoing national voluntary reviews to reaffirm explicitly the key role and the legitimacy of human rights defenders (HRDs) and support their work.

Date:
11 July 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6694/2017
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UN: Nuclear weapons ban is an antidote to cynical brinkmanship

Following the United Nations’ adoption of a new global treaty outlawing nuclear weapons, James Lynch, Head of Arms Control and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said: “This historic treaty brings us a step closer to a world free from the horrors of nuclear weapons, the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created. All states should give their full backing to this antidote to the cynical brinkmanship embodied in the development, stockpiling or use of nuclear weapons.

Date:
7 July 2017
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  • Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Sudan: Submission to Special Procedures on the arrest and torture of Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam and Hafiz Idris Eldoma

Dear Chair and Special Rapporteurs, as you may be aware, the prominent Sudanese human rights defender (HRD), Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, and his colleague, Hafiz Idris Eldoma, were arrested on 24 November 2016 and 7 December 2016 respectively in Khartoum, Sudan. Amnesty International urges you to call on the Sudanese authorities to drop all the charges against Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam and Hafiz Edris Eldoma, and to stop any further harassment of HRDs in Sudan.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 54/6678/2017
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  • South Sudan
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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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  • UN

The Special Procedures: Developments in institutional strengthening and working methods

Joint civil society submission to the 24th annual meeting of Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council. This submission to the 2017 Annual Meeting of Special Procedures looks back at those made in prior years both individually, and as part of a coalition of NGOs. In particular, the document revisits recommendations from the joint civil society submission to the 23rd Annual Meeting, which examined institutional strengthening and working methods of the Special Procedures.

Date:
4 July 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6659/2017
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Joint NGO Statement on the occasion of the Twenty-ninth meeting of UN treaty body chairs

This statement includes some reflections and recommendations, by the undersigned organisations (see list on p. 6-7), in relation to the programme of work for the 2017 annual meeting. Some of the comments and recommendations stem from a two-day consultation involving representatives of NGOs, States, human rights treaty body members, OHCHR and academics, which took place in Geneva on 23-24 May 2017. The consultation focused on developing a political strategy for the Treaty Body strengthening process.

Date:
30 June 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/6647/2017
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  • Ireland
  • Women's Rights

Ireland: Submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture, 61st Session, 24 July to 11 August 2017

Amnesty International submits this briefing to the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture (the Committee) ahead of its examination, in July 2017, of Ireland’s second periodic report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Convention or the Convention against Torture). This written submission highlights Amnesty International’s concerns regarding torture in Irish law, deportations and counter-terrorism, ‘renditions’, Ireland’s abortion laws, female genital mutilation, and accountability for alleged past abuses.

Date:
27 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 29/6564/2017
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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Democratic Republic of the Congo: 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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  • Africa
  • Armed Conflict

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