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Lebanon: Joint Letter to the Human Rights Council calling for an International Investigative Mission into the Beirut Blast
A joint letter from Lebanese and international organizations, individuals, survivors, and families of the victims to the Human Rights Council requesting the establishment of an international, independent, and impartial investigative mission, such as a one-year fact-finding mission, into the Beirut port explosion of August 4, 2020.
Date: 15 June 2021Ref:MDE 18/4284/2021
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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
NEWS
CHADIMPUNITY
Chad: Announcement of investigation following death of protesters must lead to prosecutions
The announcement of an investigation into the use of firearms by security forces during the last two months of protests in Chad must lead to prosecutions through fair trials of those suspected of unlawful killings, Amnesty International said today. Based on testimonies from victims, their close relatives, and human rights associations, Amnesty International can confirm that at least 16 people were killed in the capital N'Djamena and the southern town of Moundou during protests which took place between 27 April and 19 May.
Date: 1 June 2021
RESEARCH
THAILAND
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Thailand: Human rights in jeopardy: Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 39th session of the UPR Working Group, 1-13 November 2021
This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Thailand in November 2021. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of previous recommendations, including in relation to torture, enforced disappearance, freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and refugees. It also assesses the national human rights framework with regard to the aforementioned concerns and on emergency and security powers, the National Human Rights Commission, and the death penalty.
Date: 1 June 2021Ref:ASA 39/4238/2021
RESEARCH
ISRAEL AND OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
IMPUNITY
Human Rights Council must establish independent investigation to break the cycle of impunity
Date: 26 May 2021Ref:IOR 40/4199/2021
RESEARCH
AFRICA
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND ACTIVISTS
Burundi: Once again, human rights defender Germain Rukuki’s right to a fair trial is violated
We, the undersigned organisations, express our dismay that the Burundian Appeals Court of Ntahangwa has not yet announced a verdict in the case of human rights defender Mr. Germain Rukuki. According to legal statutes, this verdict was due within 30 days of the appeal hearing, by 24 April 2021. This undue delay adds to the litany of irregularities that have characterised the legal proceedings in this case since the arrest of Mr.
Date: 21 May 2021Ref:AFR 16/4166/2021
RESEARCH
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
ARMS TRADE
Israel/OPT: Amnesty welcomes UN HRC Special Session to address crisis
In the context of the alarming, and rapidly deteriorating, situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel, Amnesty International welcomes today’s news that the UN Human Rights Council will hold a Special Session on 27 May 2021.
Date: 20 May 2021Ref:MDE 15/4161/2021
RESEARCH
TANZANIARIGHT TO HEALTH
Tanzania: An 8-point Human Rights Agenda for Change
This document proposes a human rights agenda for Tanzania under President Samia Suluhu Hassan's new administration. This agenda emphasizes on recommendations we have previously made to Tanzania authorities based on our extensive experience working in Tanzania in collaboration with Tanzania partners as well as research reports where we highlighted widespread human rights violations.
Date: 19 May 2021Ref:AFR 56/4152/2021
RESEARCH
IRANLGBTI RIGHTS
Iran: Murder of 20-year-old gay man highlights urgent need to protect LGBTI rights
The Iranian authorities must promptly conduct an independent, impartial and effective criminal investigation into the murder of 20-year-old Alireza Fazeli Monfared, who self-identified as a non-binary gay man and bring those responsible to account in fair trials and without recourse to the death penalty. Investigations must examine whether the crime was motivated by hostility and prejudice on the grounds of his gender identity and sexual orientation.
Date: 17 May 2021Ref:MDE 13/4129/2021
NEWS
AMERICASUNLAWFUL KILLINGS
Brazil: Jacarezinho massacre in Rio de Janeiro is reprehensible and unjustifiable
In response to the operation by the Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro that has so far resulted in the deaths of 25 people, including one police officer, Jurema Werneck, executive director of Amnesty International Brazil, said: “The number of people killed in this police operation is reprehensible, as is the fact that, once again, this massacre took place in a favela. The Rio de Janeiro state prosecutor’s office must conduct a prompt, exhaustive, independent, and effective investigation into these atrocities, following international standards so that the agents of the state who ordered, committed or participated in this massacre are held accountable and face justice.
Date: 6 May 2021
NEWS
AFRICAARMED CONFLICT
DRC: Prioritize justice for serious crimes
New Lukonde Government Should Set Transitional Justice Roadmap The Democratic Republic of Congo's newly appointed government should adopt a clear strategy for holding those suspected of criminal responsibility for grave human rights violations accountable, a coalition of 50 Congolese and international nongovernmental groups said today. President Felix Tshisekedi’s new government, led by Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, has a historic chance to address past and recent serious crimes under international law, including those described in the 2010 United Nations Mapping Report.
Date: 29 April 2021
RESEARCH
MALIIMPUNITY
Mali: Killed, wounded and forgotten? Accountability for the killings during demonstrations and the coup in Mali
This report investigates the deaths and injuries linked to the lethal use of force by defence and security forces in Mali, in the context of anti-government demonstrations that began in May 2020 and during the coup d’état of 18 August 2020. The victims cannot be forgotten. Authorities must ensure investigations for all cases during the demonstrations and the coup, and prosecute those allegedly responsible, before ordinary courts.
Date: 23 April 2021Ref:AFR 37/3748/2021
NEWS
MALIJUSTICE SYSTEMS
Mali: One year on, justice still needs to be done for victims of protests and coup
New report highlights fatal shootings of 18 people Amnesty findings contradict leaders’ statement of a bloodless coup Despite progress, accountability remains an expectation Malian authorities must deliver truth and bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility for the killings of at least 18 protesters and bystanders, and acknowledge and investigate the casualties during the day of the coup d’état, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.
Date: 23 April 2021
RESEARCH
IRANDEMONSTRATIONS
Iran: Human rights in Iran: Review of 2020/21
This is Amnesty International's annual report on the state of human rights in Iran during 2020/21, subdivided by key human rights themes. It is part of Amnesty International's annual 2020/21 Report on the State of the World’s Human Rights.
Date: 7 April 2021Ref:MDE 13/3964/2021
RESEARCH
AFRICACLIMATE CHANGE
Amnesty International's recommendations to states under review in UPR38 (May 2021)
This compilation of recommendations are made to seven of the states under review in the 38th session of the UN Universal Periodic Review (Belgium, Denmark, Mozambique, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Singapore and Somalia) and address key human rights concerns in each country.
Date: 1 April 2021Ref:IOR 40/3940/2021
CAMPAIGNS
NIGERIADEMONSTRATIONS
Nigeria: Further information: No justice for killing of #EndSARS protestors
The Nigerian authorities have failed to bring to justice those suspected to be responsible for the brutal crackdown by security forces on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate and Alausa in Lagos, Nigeria in October 2020, which killed at least 12 people. The authorities deny opening fire on protestors and have attempted to cover up the violence. The perpetrators must bring suspected perpetrators to justice and prioritize genuine police reform.
Date: 1 April 2021Ref:AFR 44/3850/2021
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