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Nigeria: Ensure Independence and Effectiveness of the Presidential Investigation Panel
Amnesty International commends all attempts by the government of Nigeria to meet its obligations under the Constitution of Nigeria and international law to investigate, prosecute and punish all crimes under international law and other serious violations of human rights law, whether committed by Boko Haram or the Nigerian military and the civilian joint task force. In this respect, Amnesty International welcomes the constitution of a Presidential Investigation Panel on Review of Compliance of Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement (Presidential Panel) on 11 August 2017.
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11 September 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/7075/2017
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Nigeria: Letter submitting Amnesty International's memorandum to the Presidential Investigation Panel on Review of Compliance of Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement
Amnesty International welcomes attempts by the government of Nigeria to meet its obligations under the Constitution of Nigeria and international law to investigate, prosecute and punish all crimes under international law and other serious violations of human rights law, whether committed by Boko Haram or the Nigerian military and the civilian joint task force. We will continue to cooperate to the best of our abilities to assist the government of Nigeria in meeting its obligations to do so.
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8 September 2017
Ref:
AFR 44/7074/2017
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Bahrain: 'No one can protect you': Bahrain's year of crushing dissent
Since June 2016, Bahrain has rapidly deteriorated into a full-blown human rights crisis. The authorities have dramatically stepped up their clampdown on freedom of expression. They have subjected over 160 peaceful critics to arrest, prosecution and imprisonment, as well as other forms of harassments. Those particularly targeted have been human rights defenders and political activists, as well as lawyers, journalists and Shi’a clerics.
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7 September 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6790/2017
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Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories-Palestine: Further information: Palestinian circus performer released: Mohamed Faisal Abu Sakha
Palestinian circus performer and teacher Mohamed Faisal Abu Sakha was released on 30 August from Ketziot Prison in Israel. He spent nearly two years in administrative detention without being charged or tried. He has now returned home to his family in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
Date:
7 September 2017
Ref:
MDE 15/7061/2017
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Iran: Campaign to stop destruction of mass grave of those killed in 1988 prison massacre
The Iranian authorities must urgently stop the destruction of a mass grave in the southern city of Ahvaz said Amnesty International today, launching a campaign to urge authorities to protect the site, where dozens of prisoners killed during a wave of mass extrajudicial executions in August and September 1988 are buried. Construction near the area began earlier this year. Recent footage obtained by the organization shows  the site is gradually being buried beneath piles of construction waste.
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4 September 2017
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Cambodia: Upcoming Human Rights Council session crucial as coordinated assault on political opposition, media and civil society continues ahead of 2018 election
The Cambodian government must immediately end its escalating assault on opposition, media and civil society groups in the lead up to the 2018 general election, Amnesty International said today. Since commune elections were held on 4 June 2017, the government has used a variety of regulatory and criminal laws to move aggressively against the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), independent media, and local and international civil society groups.
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4 September 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/7047/2017
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Kenya: Supreme Court annuls presidential election in historic ruling
Responding to the Kenyan Supreme Court’s decision to annul last month’s presidential election and order a re-run, Justus Nyang’aya, Country Director at Amnesty International Kenya, said: “Today’s historic ruling demonstrates the independence of Kenya’s judiciary and sets an example for the rest of the world. “We urge all parties to comply with the judgement, and call on the police to observe restraint in their handling of any celebrations or protests that may follow this landmark ruling.
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1 September 2017
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Thailand: Joint statement on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Joint statement with The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Thai Lawyers for Human Rights and the Cross Cultural Foundation on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
Date:
30 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 39/7015/2017
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Indonesia: President Jokowi must fulfil promises on unresolved enforced disappearances cases
As people around the world today mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Amnesty International Indonesia, AFAD (Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances), AJAR (Asia Justice and Rights), IKOHI (Indonesian Association of Families of the Disappeared) and KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) call on President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to immediately provide the families of the disappeared truth, justice and reparation as recommended by various Indonesian authorities.
Date:
30 August 2017
Ref:
ASA 21/7009/2017
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Saudi Arabia: Further information: Prison term upheld for Saudi Arabian defender: Abdulaziz al-Shubaily
Saudi Arabian human rights defender Abdulaziz al-Shubaily was informed on 31 July that his eight-year prison sentence has been upheld by the Court of Appeal in Riyadh. He is now at risk of being imprisoned at any time to start serving his sentence. If imprisoned he will be a prisoner of conscience.
Date:
29 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 23/6940/2017
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Qatar: Two new laws on migrant workers signal degree of progress but major gaps remain
Two new laws on the rights of domestic workers and the ability of migrant workers to collect compensation when they are abused by employers may contribute to the protection of labour rights in Qatar, but there are some significant gaps in these laws that the Qatari authorities must address as a matter of priority, Amnesty International said today. The organization also called on the government to embark on more fundamental reforms, ahead of a crucial meeting of the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) Governing Body in November.
Date:
25 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 22/7002/2017
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HRE Write for Rights Lesson Plan: Locked Up
Students look at the right to liberty, first by considering their own attitude to a loss of liberty, then by considering a human rights defender who was convicted on false charges after being detained without trial for 10 months.
Date:
25 August 2017
Ref:
POL 32/6951/2017
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HRE Write for Rights Lesson Plan: Right to Protest
Students use the case of two human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to familiarize themselves with rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Date:
25 August 2017
Ref:
POL 32/6950/2017
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Iran: Further information: Severely ill Iranian Kurdish woman denied care: Zeynab Jalalian
Iranian Kurdish woman Zeynab Jalalian, serving a life sentence, is severely ill and requires specialized medical care outside prison. However, the authorities have persistently refused to transfer her to a hospital, apparently to punish her and extract forced “confessions”. In protest, she has been refusing all medications since March 2017. The denial of access to medical care in these circumstances amounts to torture.
Date:
25 August 2017
Ref:
MDE 13/7005/2017
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Philippines: Senate hearing highlights deadly consequences for children in ‘war on drugs’
A hearing today in the Philippines Senate has exposed the abysmal failings of the police to protect children from the deadly consequences of the “war on drugs”, Amnesty International said. The Senate hearing convened to address last week’s police killing of the 17-year-old student Kian Loyd Delos Santos, a case which has triggered widespread national and international outrage. Although police claim the killing was done in self-defence, CCTV footage and eyewitnesses have seriously called this into question.
Date:
24 August 2017
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  • Jamaica
  • Killings and Disappearances
HRE Write for Rights Lesson Plan: Power and Responsibility
Students use the case of a killing by the police in Jamaica to examine the human rights involved and the role of the police. They are encouraged to write a letter to support the fight for justice by the victim’s sister.
Date:
24 August 2017
Ref:
POL 32/6948/2017
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