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Yemen: Mounting fears for civilian safety as Hodeidah offensive looms

Reports Saudi Arabia-led coalition is gearing up for major military offensive Key port city of Hodeidah is a major entry point for humanitarian aid UN donor conference under way in Geneva Fears are growing for the safety of civilians in the strategic western port city of Hodeidah amid reports that a major offensive by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is due to get under way soon, said Amnesty International as UN states meet at a donor conference in Geneva on 25 April.

Date:
25 April 2017
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  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Mexico: Further information: General Law on Torture improved and passed

On 19 April the lower house of Mexican congress approved their version of the General Law on Torture and sent it back to the Senate for final approval before it becomes law. This final version is an improvement of the earlier draft, and all of the four regressive articles Amnesty International was concerned about have been improved upon.

Date:
25 April 2017
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AMR 41/6119/2017
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Cameroon: Conviction and sentence of Radio France Internationale journalist a travesty of justice

The conviction and sentencing of a journalist by a military court in Cameroon to 10 years in prison after an unfair trial is a travesty of justice, Amnesty International said today. Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service was handed down 10 years of imprisonment after having been convicted on 20 April on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”.

Date:
24 April 2017
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The art of surviving a Venezuela on the brink

The seemingly endless crisis in Venezuela appears to have entered a new, dark and alarming chapter. As if coming off the pages of a terrifying thriller, a crisis that seemed to have reached its worst point in recent months, has actually escalated further after weeks of protests sparkled by growing anger and frustration around what looks like a never-ending catalogue of problems. On Monday, President Maduro ordered the military onto the streets, two days before planned peaceful protests across the country on 19 April.

Date:
23 April 2017
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  • Maldives
  • Internet and Social Media

Maldives: Killing of popular blogger an attack on freedom of expression

Maldives authorities must immediately investigate the brutal killing of an online activist today and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty International said. Yameen Rasheed, a 29-year-old popular blogger and social media personality, was found stabbed to death inside his apartment building in the capital Malé this morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing. Yameen Rasheed had received multiple death threats prior to his murder, which he had reported to the police.

Date:
23 April 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Unlawful Killings

Egypt: Video of extrajudicial executions offers glimpse of hidden abuses by military in North Sinai

Information gathered by Amnesty International confirms that members of Egyptian military are responsible for at least seven unlawful killings, including shooting dead at point blank range an unarmed man and a 17-year-old child. The organization’s experts analysed leaked video footage of the killings and compared it with photographs and a Youtube video published by the Egyptian military, as well as interviewing Sinai-based sources and experts.

Date:
21 April 2017
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  • Death Penalty

Nigeria: Gallows preparation in Lagos prison suggests spate of executions imminent

The Nigerian authorities must immediately scrap plans to execute death row inmates in Kirikiri prison in Lagos, Amnesty International said today amid macabre reports from inmates that the prison’s gallows were being prepared and one inmate had been isolated possibly in preparation for execution. This follows a statement by the Attorney General of Lagos State during a press briefing on 18 April indicating that the state government would soon start signing execution documents.

Date:
21 April 2017
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  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalists around the world demand release of 120+ jailed colleagues

The three journalists imprisoned while working for Al Jazeera in Egypt for more than 400 days have joined thousands of other journalists, artists and activists in an Amnesty International campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey in the wake of last summer’s failed coup. Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed added their voices to the Free Turkey Media campaign which will culminate in a global day of action on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cartoonists use drawings to demand the release of colleagues in Turkey

From the hilarious to the heart-rending, the poignant to the surreal, cartoons depicting the crackdown on journalists in Turkey are filling social media channels. It all began last month with a simple tweet calling on cartoonists to show solidarity with journalists and media workers jailed in the wake of Turkey’s attempted coup. But has now grown into a full-on cartoon competition with scores of cartoons submitted from around the world and a judging panel of world renowned cartoonists hastily assembled.

Date:
21 April 2017
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Colombia: Wave of killings of Indigenous people highlights shortcomings in implementation of peace process

The killing of six Indigenous people in the past week raises serious doubts about the effectiveness of the measures implemented by the government to advance the peace process in Colombia, says Amnesty International. In the past week, six Indigenous people have been killed in the departments of Chocó, Cauca and Nariño, affecting theWounan, Nasa and Awá Indigenous Peoples, communities who have historically been seriously affected by the armed conflict.

Date:
21 April 2017