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Squabbling over children in Calais sends an appalling message to the rest of the world

Over recent days, the relationship between the French and UK governments has been strained by renewed disagreement over who should take responsibility for children at Calais. The two governments have once more effectively abandoned these children in conditions which obviously put their safety and welfare at risk. This in contrast to the arrival in the UK of significant numbers of children over recent weeks, including many being reunited with family here – an outcome required by the Dublin III Regulations to which both countries are legally bound.

Date:
2 November 2016
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Unlawful Killings

Ethiopia: Enable independent investigation into extra-judicial executions in Somali Regional State

Recalling our letter of 14 July 2016 to your office and your lack of response to the same, we are now issuing this open letter regarding extra-judicial executions (EJEs) and other violations of international human rights law allegedly committed by the Regional Special (Liyu) Police in different districts of Somali Regional State. Amnesty International is again asking, this time publicly, that you take all necessary measures to initiate independent investigations into these crimes.

Date:
2 November 2016
Ref:
AFR 25/5089/2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Oral statement on the situation of human rights defenders in Africa at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Civic space in Africa is under attack. Recent years have seen the rise of the proposal to enact legislation whose purpose or effect is to restrict the space for civil society or create barriers to HRDs effectively doing their work. Ethiopia, Uganda, amongst other countries, have successfully enacted such laws. In countries, such as Angola and Egypt, HRDs have been subjected to unfounded criminal prosecutions, arbitrary detention, and judicial harassment.

Date:
29 October 2016
Ref:
AFR 01/5065/2016
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Refugees

Oral statement on the situation of refugees in Africa at the 59th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Conflict and crisis has displaced millions of people in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa had a total of 4. 4 million refugees as at the end of 2015. Five countries (CAR, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan) accounted for 80% of the refugees on the continent. Five of the 10 countries hosting the largest number of refugees in the world are in Sub-Saharan Africa. These are: Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Some of these countries, such as Kenya and Ethiopia, have hosted thousands of refugees for decades.

Date:
29 October 2016
Ref:
AFR 01/5067/2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Demonstrations

Ethiopia: Draconian measures will escalate the deepening crisis

Heavy-handed measures by the Ethiopian government will only escalate a deepening crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 800 protesters since protests began in November 2015, said Amnesty International today after the government issued a directive imposing wide-ranging restrictions as part of a state of emergency. The directive authorises arrests without warrants, as well as rehabilitation measures.

Date:
18 October 2016
  • Research
  • Ethiopia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Ethiopia: Reform only feasible way out of mounting crisis

There have been almost continuous protests in parts of Ethiopia since November 2015. The protests in Oromia region, were initially triggered by plans to extend the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia, but have since evolved to other demands. Protests in the Amhara region began in August 2016 against arbitrary detention, and calling for self-determination. The Ethiopian security forces have consistently used excessive, including lethal force, to disperse the protests.

Date:
18 October 2016
Ref:
AFR 25/5003/2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Demonstrations

Ethiopia: Renewed protests underline need to investigate after dozens killed in stampede

Fresh protests in Ethiopia since dozens of protesters were killed in a stampede at a religious festival on 2 October underline the need for the Ethiopian government to ensure a full investigation into how the protest was handled, said Amnesty International today. Protests have broken out in the capital Addis Ababa, as well as in the Oromia and Amhara regions, since the deadly stampede at a large-scale traditional ceremony in the town of Bishoftu on Sunday.

Date:
5 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Refugees

Tackling the global refugee crisis: Sharing, not shirking responsibility

On 19 September 2016 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly collectively, and spectacularly, failed the 21 million refugees of this world. The “High-level Summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants” was to address the global refugee crisis, a crisis in which, daily, millions fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, South Sudan, Myanmar and Iraq suffer intolerable misery and human rights violations.

Date:
4 October 2016
  • News
  • Refugees

World leaders have ‘shirked, not shared’ responsibility on refugee crisis

The abject failure of a United Nations summit to tackle the deepening global refugee crisis is a missed opportunity that will affect millions of the world’s most vulnerable people unless leaders find alternative solutions to help them reach safety, Amnesty International said ahead of two high-profile refugee summits next week. UN member states are set to adopt an ineffective refugee deal on 19 September.

Date:
13 September 2016
  • News
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Anniversary of Alan Kurdi drowning highlights continuing global shame

One year after the shocking image of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi’s drowned body caused international outcry, world leaders are still failing to respond to the refugee crisis, said Amnesty International today. Marking the 2 September anniversary of Alan’s death, the organisation drew attention to the plight of thousands of other refugee children let down by the dismal failure of world leaders to tackle the refugee crisis.

Date:
31 August 2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Unlawful Killings

Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge international investigation into ongoing human rights violations

A group of civil society organizations are calling for an independent and impartial international investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia, including the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and a recent spate of arrests of civil society members documenting this crackdown. DefendDefenders (East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project), the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE), Amnesty International, the Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP), Front Line Defenders, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), are concerned about the levels of persecution and detention of civil society members in the country.

Date:
30 August 2016
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Unlawful Killings

Ethiopia: Dozens killed as police use excessive force against peaceful protesters

At least 97 people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces fired live bullets at peaceful protesters across Oromia region and in parts of Amhara over the weekend, according to credible sources who spoke to Amnesty International. Thousands of protesters turned out in Oromia and Amhara calling for political reform, justice and the rule of law. The worst bloodshed - which may amount to extrajudicial killings - took place in the northern city of Bahir Dar where at least 30 people were killed in one day.

Date:
8 August 2016
  • News
  • Libya
  • Refugees

Refugees and migrants fleeing sexual violence, abuse and exploitation in Libya

Horrifying accounts of sexual violence, killings, torture and religious persecution collected by Amnesty International reveal the shocking range of abuses along the smuggling routes to and through Libya. The organization spoke to at least 90 refugees and migrants at reception centres in Puglia and Sicily, who had made the journey across the Mediterranean from Libya to southern Italy in the past few months, and who were abused by people smugglers, traffickers, organized criminal gangs and armed groups.

Date:
1 July 2016
  • News
  • Eritrea
  • Prisoners of Conscience

Eritrea: Immediately and unconditionally release prisoners of conscience

The Eritrean foreign minister’s confirmation that all politicians and journalists arbitrarily arrested in 2001 are alive is welcome news but they must now be immediately and unconditionally released, said Amnesty International. In a Radio France Internationale (RFI) interview broadcast on 20 June, Foreign Minister Osman Saleh referred to the detainees as political prisoners and said “all of them are alive” and will be tried “when the government decides”.

Date:
21 June 2016