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Southern Africa: Promoting & protecting the rights of persons with albinism: A manual for national human rights institutions
The manual explains the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in protecting and promoting human rights in the context of albinism. It sets out the types of violations that prevent the full enjoyment of all human rights by persons with albinism and the obligations of States to protect these rights. It further seeks to provide tools to assist NHRIs in carrying out their human rights promotion and protection functions in relation to albinism.
Date: 14 June 2021Ref:AFR 03/3879/2021
NEWS
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIADETENTION
Switzerland: Dangerous “Yes” vote gives police sweeping powers to target people including children without charge or trial
Responding to a “yes” vote in a referendum in Switzerland to give the Federal Police far-reaching powers in the fight against so-called “potential terrorist offenders” Amnesty International Switzerland’s Campaign Director, Patrick Walder said: “Whilst the desire among Swiss voters to prevent acts of terrorism is understandable, these new measures are not the answer. They provide the police with sweeping and mostly unchecked powers to impose harsh sanctions against so-called 'potential terrorist offenders' and can also be used to target legitimate political protest.
Date: 13 June 2021
NEWS
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
JUSTICE SYSTEMS
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mladić verdict “an historic day for international justice”
Responding to the decision by the Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals to confirm the original verdict and sentence Ratko Mladić, the commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Amnesty International’s Europe Director Nils Muižnieks said: “Today’s decision is a historic moment which concludes a decades-long search for justice for the tens of thousands of victims of the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Date: 8 June 2021
NEWS
AMERICAS
DETENTION
Colombia: The IACHR must listen to the voices of victims of human rights violations
The voices of victims of violence, abuses and police repression must dominate the agenda of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) during its visit to Colombia between 8 and 10 June, said Amnesty International today. Amnesty International is continuing to monitor, verify and document the excessive use of force and human rights violations against peaceful demonstrators in Bogotá, Cali, Pereira, Popayán, Madrid and Facatativá, among other cities.
Date: 7 June 2021
RESEARCH
ESWATINI
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Eswatini: Authorities launch brutal assault on human rights with crackdown on dissent
Restrictions to fundamental freedoms in the kingdom of Eswatini have taken a sharp turn towards dissent. The Eswatini government continues to ignore the constitution’s provision on human rights and uses law enforcement and the courts to crush calls for justice and accountability. Although Eswatini amended the 2008 Suppression of Terrorism Act in 2017 and improved provisions for public gatherings in the 2017 Public Order Act, the rights to peaceful assembly, association and expression continue to be restricted.
Date: 7 June 2021Ref:AFR 55/4247/2021
RESEARCH
THAILAND
KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES
Thailand: Open letter: Investigate the enforced disappearance of Wanchalearm Satsaksit and the disapperances and alleged executions of other Thai exiles
Amnesty International urges the Attorney General to formally launch an investigation with the Department of Special Investigation, which sits on the Sub-Committee on Torture and Enforced Disappearance, into the enforced disappearance of Wanchalearm and other Thai citizens who were subject to enforced disappearance or allegedly executed in neighbouring countries. The Thai government should also ascertain the fate and whereabouts of all those who have disappeared, bringing all those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts.
Date: 4 June 2021Ref:ASA 39/4232/2021
NEWS
AFRICAARMED CONFLICT
Nigeria: Authorities not doing enough to protect lives 
No part of the country is safe now  Gunmen on rampage across the country  Failure to ensure accountability is fueling impunity  At 60 Amnesty International poised to do more in Nigeria  Alarming escalation of attacks, abductions for ransom and frequent killings across Nigeria have left people feeling more unsafe, showing utter failure of the Nigerian authorities to protect lives and properties, said Amnesty International today marking the 60th anniversary of the organization.
Date: 28 May 2021
RESEARCH
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
DEMONSTRATIONS
Greece: Court decision awards compensation to protester subjected to near fatal unlawful use of force
Amnesty International welcomes an April decision by an Athens Court finding police responsible for the life threatening head injuries sustained by psychologist and photographer Yiannis Kafkas in May 2011 and awarding him compensation of 50. 000 euros. The organization finds the decision a step towards combatting impunity but notes with concern that the prolonged criminal and disciplinary investigations into the case failed to ensure justice for Yiannis Kafkas.
Date: 28 May 2021Ref:EUR 25/4207/2021
RESEARCH
NEW ZEALANDREFUGEES
Aotearoa New Zealand: Please take me to a safe place: The imprisonment of asylum seekers in Aotearoa New Zealand
This research report highlights the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers sent to New Zealand's prisons whilst their asylum claims are being processed. Asylum seekers described ill treatment in prison from other criminal detainees and lack of due process in considering their claims. The New Zealand government must end harmful detention practices, in particular placing immigration detainees in prisons which is a clear violation of international human rights law.
Date: 18 May 2021Ref:ASA 32/4113/2021
RESEARCH
JUSTICE SYSTEMS
Mongolia heads for presidential election under shadow of crackdown on political opponents
Mongolia’s upcoming presidential election in June 2021 will take place amid a worrying human rights situation in the country where the right to freedom of expression is severely restricted, especially of those who speak critically about government actions. Amnesty International is concerned that more arrests and detention could take place before and after the June 2021 presidential elections as the government continues to repress dissent in the country.
Date: 17 May 2021Ref:ASA 30/4105/2021
RESEARCH
SRI LANKA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Sri Lanka: Joint statement calls for immediate release of poet detained for a year without charge
We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the ongoing detention of poet and teacher, Ahnaf Jazeem, who has now been detained for a year without charge. We call on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately release Ahnaf Jazeem, or promptly charge him with internationally recognizable criminal offences and try him in accordance with international fair trial standards.
Date: 16 May 2021Ref:ASA 37/4124/2021
RESEARCH
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
DEMONSTRATIONS
Egypt: Release activist sentenced after unfair and politically motivated trials: Ahmed Douma
Egyptian authorities must release arbitrarily detained prominent activist Ahmed Douma who was convicted and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in relation to his participation in anti-government protests in grossly unfair and politically motivated proceedings, said Amnesty International. Ahmed Douma’s complaints about being tortured and otherwise ill-treated in pre-trial detention and following his conviction must be effectively and fully investigated with a view to bringing those responsible to justice.
Date: 11 May 2021Ref:MDE 12/4052/2021
NEWS
EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
JUSTICE SYSTEMS
Poland: ECtHR ruling on “unlawful” Constitutional Court must spur action
Responding to today’s judgment of the European Court of Human Rights which found that irregularities in the election of judges to the Constitutional Court of Poland had precluded access to a “tribunal established by law”, Amnesty International’s European Institutions Director, Eve Geddie, said: “We welcome the decision of the European Court of Human Rights. It sends a powerful message to the Polish authorities: interfering with the election of judges to the Constitutional Court makes the Constitutional Court unlawful.
Date: 7 May 2021
NEWS
AMERICASUNLAWFUL DETENTION
Colombia: Concerning reports of disappearances and sexual violence against protesters
Despite growing national and international condemnation, the militarized response and police repression of mostly peaceful demonstrations continues in different cities across Colombia. Police have used force indiscriminately and disproportionately, and there are alarming reports of sexual violence and disappearances, Amnesty International denounced today. Enforced disappearance and sexual violence perpetrated by authorities are crimes under international law that any state should investigate and prosecute.
Date: 7 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
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Libya: New government must prioritize human rights and tackle impunity crisis
Libya’s recently installed Government of National Unity (GNU) must address the human rights crisis across the country, break the cycle of impunity and re-establish rule of law, Amnesty International said today. In a letter to the GNU, which has faced tremendous challenges since taking office in mid-March to unify institutions in a deeply divided and conflict-torn country, the organization highlighted key areas that the new government must urgently address.
Date: 6 May 2021
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