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Maldives: Halt first execution in more than 60 years

The Maldives  must immediately halt its first execution planned in more than sixty years and preserve its positive death penalty record, Amnesty International said today. The human rights organization has learned that three men, whose death sentences were made final by the Supreme Court in 2016, are now at risk of imminent execution as reports emerged that the authorities have been preparing to implement death sentences.

Date:
20 July 2017
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Tell the Cameroon government to stop torturing in the name of security

In Cameroon, the authorities are illegally detaining and torturing people, and some are not surviving. Why are they doing this? Because the Cameroon government is fighting a war against the armed group Boko Haram. They will stop at nothing to win, including arresting people and torturing people suspected of supporting Boko Haram until they confess. This means that if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time in the Far North region of Cameroon, you run the risk of being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and even killed.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • News
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Groups

Cameroon: Amnesty report reveals war crimes in fight against Boko Haram, including horrific use of torture

• Detainees subjected to severe beatings, agonising stress positions and drownings, with some tortured to death • Widespread torture at 20 sites, including four military bases, two facilities run by intelligence services, a private residence and a school • Calls for US and other international partners to investigate their military personnel’s possible knowledge of torture at one base  Hundreds of people in Cameroon accused of supporting Boko Haram, often without evidence, are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

Date:
20 July 2017
  • Research
  • Cameroon
  • Armed Conflict

Cameroon's secret torture chambers: Human rights violations and war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram

Since 2014, the armed group Boko Haram has killed over 1,500 civilians in the Far North region of Cameroon, through a series of brutal and often indiscriminate attacks, in addition to its kidnapping of women and girls and its widespread looting and destruction of property. Amnesty International believes that Boko Haram has been engaged in a non-international armed conflict with the Cameroonian security forces since at least 2014.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 17/6536/2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Democratic Republic of Congo: Further information: Activist and his lawyer released without charge: Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi

Jean-Marie Kalonji, an activist with the youth movement Quatrieme voie/ il est temps, and his colleague and lawyer Sylva Mbikayi were released without charge on 17 July. The two had been held in incommunicado detention by military intelligence agents since 23 June.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 62/6766/2017
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  • Americas
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Guatemala: Stop criminalizing defenders!

A year since the acquittal of seven human rights defenders working on the rights to water and territory in Huehuetenango of baseless charges, Amnesty International remains concerned about the continued misuse of the justice system to silence and intimidate human rights defenders in Guatemala. This follow-up report, Guatemala: Stop Criminalizing Defenders!, examines what steps have been taken to implement recommendations made to the Guatemalan authorities aimed at curbing misuse of the justice system against human rights defenders and ensuring their protection.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AMR 34/6212/2017
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  • Uganda
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Uganda: Further information: Court stays mental exam of university lecturer: Dr Stella Nyanzi

Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic and feminist, will not be subjected to a mental health examination after a magistrate court ordered a stay of the examination on 25 May. Dr Stella Nyanzi was released on conditional bail by the same court on 10 May. She still faces charges of insulting the president and violating his right to privacy.

Date:
20 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 59/6696/2017
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  • Sudan
  • Discrimination

Sudan: Hundreds of Darfuri student protesters stopped at the capital’s gates

The Sudanese authorities must end the continued discrimination of Darfuri students at universities, said Amnesty International today as more than 1,000 Darfuri students of Bakht al-Rida University in White Nile State,descended on the capital Khartoum to demand the release of 10 of their colleagues accused of killing two police officers. The students are now blockaded on the southern edge of the capital Khartoum after they were stopped by National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) agents from delivering a statement listing their demands to the government.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain: Human rights defender charged with terrorism

The Bahraini authorities’ decision to bring terrorism charges against Ebtissam al-Saegh, a human rights defender detained since 3 July 2017, is a chilling blow to human rights in the country, said Amnesty International. Ebtisam al-Saegh was previously tortured, including by being sexually assaulted by members of the Bahrain National Security agency while she was held in custody last May. “Ebtisam al-Saegh is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

Date:
19 July 2017
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  • Egypt
  • Killings and Disappearances

EU: Egypt’s dark human rights record must not be swept beneath carpet

The EU appears in danger of softening its stance on human rights violations in Egypt by resuming annual high-level meetings with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs and his delegation in Brussels next week, said Amnesty International. The upcoming EU-Egypt Association Council meeting is set to take place in Brussels on 25 July. The meetings had been suspended after the 2011 uprising but with concerns over regional security and migration on the rise there are fears that EU member states are more willing to turn a blind eye to grave human rights violations in the country.

Date:
19 July 2017