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Philippines: Duterte cannot halt ICC investigation into murderous “war on drugs”
Responding to news that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still refusing to allow the government to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it opts to launch a formal probe into his murderous “war on drugs”, even after the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled to the contrary, Amnesty International’s Philippines Researcher, Rachel Chhoa-Howard said: “Despite President Duterte’s stubborn refusal, Amnesty International welcomes the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Philippines remains obliged to cooperate with the ICC during formal probes into the deadly “war on drugs” – even if the state has withdrawn from the Rome Statute.
Date: 23 July 2021
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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Iran: Security forces use live ammunition and birdshot to crush Khuzestan protests
Iran’s security forces have deployed unlawful force, including by firing live ammunition and birdshot, to crush mostly peaceful protests taking place across the southern province of Khuzestan, Amnesty International said today. Video footage from the past week, coupled with consistent accounts from the ground, indicate security forces used deadly automatic weapons, shotguns with inherently indiscriminate ammunition, and tear gas to disperse protesters.
Date: 23 July 2021
RESEARCH
AMERICAS
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
VENEZUELA: HUMAN RIGHTS LOSE WHILST IMPUNITY PREVAILS
Amnesty International submission for the Universal Periodic Review on Venezuela. This submission includes an analysis of the recommendations made in the previous review, the national human rights framework and the current human rights situation in the country. Amnesty International formulates a series of recommendations for this cycle of review.
Date: 23 July 2021Ref:AMR 53/4488/2021
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Mexico: Stop repressing women protesters
On 9 November 2020, Quetzaly Rojas, a young human rights defender who speaks out for women’s rights in Mexico, took to the streets to demand justice for the killing of a woman in her community. Police violently repressed the protest, firing live ammunition into the air to disperse the crowd. They detained Quetzaly and dragged her into Cancún’s City Hall building, outside of which the protest was taking place.
Date: 21 July 2021
RESEARCH
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
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SOUTH AFRICA
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South Africa: Continued violence, looting, destruction of property and loss of lives fuelled by criminal justice failures
The ongoing deadly unrest tearing through parts of South Africa has been fuelled by criminal justice failures and years of impunity for violence, Amnesty International South Africa said today as the death toll continues to rise. Riots began last week in Kwa-Zulu Natal, following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma for contempt of court. The riots have since spread to Gauteng province and threatening to spill to other provinces and grown increasingly violent – at least 70 deaths have been reported so far, and there has been widespread looting and destruction of hundreds of properties.
Date: 14 July 2021
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CAMBODIA
KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES
Cambodia: Joint Statement: No Justice At 5-Year Anniversary of Kem Ley’s Death
On the fifth anniversary of the unlawful killing of prominent Cambodian political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, 45 organizations call for the Cambodian authorities to create an independent Commission of Inquiry tasked with conducting an independent, impartial and effective investigation into Kem Ley’s death.
Date: 11 July 2021Ref:ASA 23/4445/2021
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AFRICA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Rwanda: Consideration of UPR reports
Serious human rights violations continue to be reported in Rwanda, including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions, torture, arbitrary detention, excessive use of force, and unfair trials, and many previous cases remain unresolved. Therefore, while we welcome Rwanda’s support for 160 recommendations, we are concerned that some of the most pertinent recommendations to tackle these violations were rejected.
Date: 9 July 2021Ref:AFR 47/4370/2021
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HAITI
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
Haiti: Investigation urged into killing of Haitian President and grave human rights violations under his watch
Last night’s armed assault that reportedly killed Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and injured his wife is a shocking indicator of the serious human rights and political crisis that Haiti has been facing for years, and must be promptly and impartially investigated alongside the grave and ongoing human rights violations in the country, Amnesty International said today. “The killing of President Jovenel Moïse must be immediately and impartially investigated alongside the grave human rights violations and chronic impunity that ordinary people have suffered under his watch,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
Date: 7 July 2021
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COLOMBIA
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
Colombia: the authorities must implement the IACHR’s recommendations regarding human rights violations reported in the context of the National Strike
Today, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published its observations and recommendations following its working visit to Colombia between 8 and 10 June 2021 and announced the creation of a Special Monitoring Mechanism on Human Rights in Colombia. “The IACHR has heard first-hand the testimonies of hundreds of victims who demand truth, justice, and reparation for the human rights violations committed in the context of the National Strike.
Date: 7 July 2021
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HONDURAS
KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES
Honduras: Conviction of David Castillo is a step towards justice, but full truth must be uncovered
David Castillo, former manager of the company Desarrollos Energéticos, and the person in charge of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, was found guilty of participating as co-author in the 2016 murder of Honduran human rights defender Berta Cáceres. “The long-awaited prosecution of David Castillo, convicted as co-author of the murder of Berta Cáceres, is an important step towards justice and the result of her family and COPINH’s tireless efforts to secure truth, justice and reparation.
Date: 5 July 2021
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AMERICAS
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Venezuela: International scrutiny and the protection and inclusion of human rights defenders are crucial to addressing the human rights crisis
Amnesty International's oral statement delivered on 5 July 2021, during the interactive dialogue on the report of the High Commissioner on her report on the human rights situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Date: 5 July 2021Ref:AMR 53/4372/2021
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ESWATINI
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Eswatini: Dozens killed, tortured, abducted as pro-democracy protests intensify
The government of Eswatini has launched a ruthless crackdown on human rights in response to pro-democracy protests, with dozens killed and many others tortured, detained or abducted, Amnesty International said today. “The government of Eswatini has launched a full-frontal assault on human rights in response to ongoing pro-democracy protests. Dozens of people have been killed for daring to demand that their government respects human rights, many of them human rights defenders and activists,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa.
Date: 2 July 2021
RESEARCH
PHILIPPINES
KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES
Joint oral statement delivered during Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions at HRC47
In this statement, delivered at the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on 1 July, Amnesty and other organisations urged the UN and its member states to address serious human rights violations in the Philippines, by taking concrete action in the form of a independent and transparent investigation.
Date: 1 July 2021Ref:IOR 40/4378/2021
NEWS
ESWATINI
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Eswatini: Right to protest must be respected
With pro-democracy protests intensifying, seven people have critically been injured and one person reportedly killed after police fired teargas and live ammunition at protesters last night. Amnesty International is urging the Eswatini authorities to respect the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, said: “The protests unfolding across Eswatini are a result of years of denial of political, economic and social right to the people, including young people, and recent escalation of suppression of dissent by the authorities.
Date: 29 June 2021
NEWS
ZAMBIA
CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Zambia: Killings and brutal crackdown against dissent set the tone for August election
Years of intensifying repression have pushed Zambia to the brink of a human rights crisis ahead of August’s presidential elections, Amnesty International said today. In a new report, “Ruling by fear and repression”, the organization details how the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly have come under increasing attack particularly over the past five years, with opposition leaders and activists jailed, independent media outlets shut down, and at least five people killed by police since 2016.
Date: 28 June 2021
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