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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ARMED CONFLICT
Libya: ‘No one will look for you’: Forcibly returned from sea to abusive detention in Libya
Libya has long been unsafe for refugees and migrants. Both state and non-state actors subject them to a catalogue of human rights violations and abuses including unlawful killings, torture and other ill-treatment, rape and other sexual violence, indefinite arbitrary detention in cruel and inhuman conditions, and forced labour, among others. Despite well-documented patterns of horrific abuse committed with impunity for over a decade, European states and institutions continue to provide material support and pursue migration policies enabling Libyan coastguards to intercept men, women and children attempting to flee to safety by crossing the Mediterranean Sea and forcibly return them to Libya.
Date: 15 July 2021Ref:MDE 19/4439/2021
RESEARCH
BURKINA FASOUNLAWFUL KILLINGS
Burkina Faso: In the wake of the Solhan massacre, the priority must be to protect the people
Amnesty International condemns in the strongest possible terms the massacre carried out by unidentified armed men in the village of Solhan (Sebba commune, Yagha province) on the night of 4-5 June 2021, resulting in the deaths of at least 130 people. This was the deadliest attack on civilians since armed groups began operating in Burkina Faso in 2016.
Date: 7 June 2021Ref:AFR 60/4249/2021
RESEARCH
AFGHANISTANARMED CONFLICT
Afghanistan: Afghan women’s rights on the verge of roll back as international forces withdraw and peace talks in stalemate
Amnesty International is gravely concerned that the current peace talks with the Taliban, alongside the proposed unconditional withdrawal of US forces, offer no confidence that the government of Afghanistan is committed to protect the gains seen over the last twenty years in enjoyment of the human rights of all people in Afghanistan – specifically given the ongoing wars and political instability. In particular, the current composition of the delegations of both the Taliban, with zero women representation, and the government of Afghanistan, with limited women participation, at the Doha peace talks, raise concerns about the commitment to respect, protect and fulfill women' rights.
Date: 24 May 2021Ref:ASA 11/4143/2021
NEWS
AFRICAARMED GROUPS
UN Security Council must not lift South Sudan arms embargo until human rights benchmarks are met
Lifting the UN arms embargo on South Sudan could have dire consequences for human rights, Amnesty International warned today, ahead of a UN Security Council vote on 27 May to decide the future of the embargo. The Security Council must ensure a range of human rights benchmarks are met before the embargo can be lifted. These include an end to crimes under international law, reform of the National Security Service (NSS), and the establishment of a Hybrid Court to ensure accountability.
Date: 17 May 2021
NEWS
AFRICAARMED CONFLICT
Mozambique: Rescue attempts jeopardized by racial discrimination following Palma attack – new survivors’ testimony
UPDATE: (14 May 2021): After this press release was issued, Amnesty International learned that the last helicopter rescue flight from the Amarula hotel, which carried the hotel manager and his two German Shepherd dogs, among others, was conducted by a private charter company rather than the private military company that conducted the other rescue flights. ************   White contractors airlifted to safety before local Black people Hotel manager took two dogs on rescue helicopter, leaving people behind Exclusive satellite imagery reveals damage following attack Survivors of an attack by the armed group known locally as 'Al-Shabaab’ in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado told Amnesty International that white contractors were prioritized for evacuation ahead of Black locals, in disturbing testimony that points to blatant racism.
Date: 13 May 2021
NEWS
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
ARMED GROUPS
DRC: “State of siege” must not further undermine human rights
The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must ensure that the “state of siege” due to begin today in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces does not further undermine human rights guaranteed under international human rights law, said Amnesty International. The “state of siege” was declared by President Felix Tshisekedi on 3 May, citing the need to restore peace and security in the two eastern provinces where decades of armed conflicts and violence have left thousands of people dead and or forced to flee their homes.
Date: 6 May 2021
NEWS
AMERICAS
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND ACTIVISTS
Colombia: Amnesty International publishes a ‘letter from the world’ demanding protection for defender Jani Silva
Today, on Earth Day, Amnesty International launched its “A Letter from the World” campaign to demand that Colombian authorities immediately take effective measures to guarantee the safety of environmental defender Jani Silva. Last year, as part of Amnesty’s global campaign Write for Rights, the planet’s largest human rights event, more than 415,363 people from dozens of countries around the world took action calling for the protection of Jani Silva, who is at risk of being killed for defending the Amazon and the rights of more than 1,200 people living in the Perla Amazonian Farming Reserve Area in Putumayo.
Date: 22 April 2021
RESEARCH
UKRAINEUN
Ukraine: Longstanding human rights concerns must be addressed. Oral statement delivered at the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council – Item 10
We thank the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for its update. We reiterate our calls to the government of Ukraine to improve its response to domestic and gender-based violence, and to better address the issues of fair trial, non-discrimination and accountability for past abuses. We urge the de facto authorities in Russia-backed separatist-controlled Donbas and in Russia-occupied Crimea to end their widespread human rights violations, including their crackdown on dissenting voices.
Date: 22 March 2021Ref:IOR 40/3873/2021
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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
Ten years on justice for Syrians more important than ever
It’s time for the UN Security Council to overcome its veto-paralysis and push for accountability for ongoing violations to ensure perpetrators of these crimes are held accountable, said Amnesty International, ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the crisis on 15 March. Since peaceful protests began in Damascus in 2011, Syrian government forces, and later armed opposition groups, with the support of their allies, have subjected millions of civilians to unlawful ground and air attacks, widespread and systematic arbitrary detention, torture leading to deaths in detention, enforced disappearance, sieges leading to starvation, and forced displacement.
Date: 12 March 2021
RESEARCH
MOZAMBIQUE
WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
Mozambique: "What I saw is death": War crimes in Mozambique's forgotten cape
After suffering decades of under-investment, government negligence, and crushing poverty, the province of Cabo Delgado, the poorest in Mozambique, is now the site of a raging insurgency. Over 1,300 civilians have been killed; another 500,000 have been displaced, and towns and villages have been left in ruins. Fighting has intensified since an armed group locally known as Al-Shabaab attacked the northern port town of Mocímboa da Praia in October 2017.
Date: 2 March 2021Ref:AFR 41/3545/2021
CAMPAIGNS
SUDANARMED GROUPS
Sudan: Horrific attacks on displacement camps show UN peacekeepers still needed in Darfur
The cycle of deadly violence in Darfur is still ongoing. It returned on 16 January 2021 with the horrific attacks on the Krinding camps in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur State, in which more than 160 people – most of them ethnic Massalit - were killed. The attack followed the killing of an Arab man by a Massalit man during a quarrel on 15 January. El-Geneina city witnessed a similar revenge attack by some Arab militia at the end of December 2019.
Date: 1 March 2021
NEWS
AFRICAARMED CONFLICT
Central African Republic: Amnesty investigation reveals full horror of conflict and election violence
Testimonies, satellite imagery and photographic analysis confirm the killing of 14 people last week in a religious site in Bambari At least two killed, six injured by security forces during curfew in Bangui Thousands of IDPs across the country Many civilians have been killed and others injured during the election period in the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said today, as it called on authorities to protect civilians and launch independent judicial investigations into abuses and human rights violations by armed groups and security forces.
Date: 25 February 2021
NEWS
UGANDAARMED GROUPS
Uganda: ICC conviction of LRA commander provides overdue justice for victims of decades-long campaign of abuses
Following today’s International Criminal Court (ICC) conviction of Dominic Ongwen, a former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in northern Uganda, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and Great Lakes, said: “We hope this decision provides a measure of redress for the 4,000 victims who participated in the case and who can now receive reparations for their suffering.
Date: 4 February 2021
NEWS
MALIARMED GROUPS
Mali: New project makes the fight against impunity a priority
It is being implemented with financial support from the European Union Today, Lawyers without Borders Canada (ASFC), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Malian Association for Human Rights (AMDH), and Amnesty International announce the launch of a new project that aims to bolster the fight against impunity in Mali. Our organisations recognise the essential role that the fight against impunity plays in addressing the rights of victims and the protection of local populations.
Date: 4 February 2021
NEWS
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
ARMED CONFLICT
Central African Republic: Arrest and transfer of former Seleka armed group leader to the ICC, a positive step towards justice for victims
Following the Central African Republic authorities’ transfer of a former Seleka armed group leader to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Alice Banens, Amnesty International Legal advisor said: “The arrest and transfer of Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, who is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, is a positive step towards justice for victims of the armed conflict that raged in the country since 2012 until now.
Date: 25 January 2021
ARTICLE
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
ARMED CONFLICT
Central African Republic: The next president must make the fight against impunity a top priority  
On the day that Amnesty International launches a human rights Manifesto aimed at candidates running in Central African Republic’s presidential election scheduled on 27 December, Tity Agbahey, Amnesty International Central Africa Campaigner, said: “Despite the commitment of the authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) to end impunity for crimes under international law committed over the past 18 years by all parties to the conflict, concrete steps still need to be taken.
Date: 15 December 2020
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