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Baby Steps on the Long Road to Justice for Atrocities in Syria

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:54:05 +0000

The negotiations set to recommence in Geneva on April 11, 2016 and the recent reduction of hostilities in Syria may represent important steps towards a peaceful solution to more than five years of turmoil. Few would not welcome the guns falling silent once and for all and for an end to the suffering of civilians.

April 12, 2016
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By Neil Sammonds, Syria Researcher at Amnesty Internantional

The negotiations set to recommence in Geneva on April 11, 2016 and the recent reduction of hostilities in Syria may represent important steps towards a peaceful solution to more than five years of turmoil. Few would not welcome the guns falling silent once and for all and for an end to the suffering of civilians.

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From Hope to Horror: Five years of Crisis in Syria

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:47:27 +0000

Five years ago, Bashar al-Assad’s government brutally suppressed mass protests which began on 15 March 2011. The violent response sparked the region’s most severe armed conflict.

March 15, 2016
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Five years ago, Bashar al-Assad’s government brutally suppressed mass protests which began on 15 March 2011. The violent response sparked the region’s most severe armed conflict.

1. More than 250,000 people have been killed, according to the UN. War crimes and crimes against humanity are rife.

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Yemen: New Evidence Challenges Coalition's Denial It Used Cluster Munitions

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:10:56 +0000

Evidence gathered by Amnesty International appears to confirm reports that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces dropped US-manufactured cluster munitions on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on 6 January 2016. The attack killed a 16-year-old boy and wounded at least six other civilians, and scattered submunitions in at least four different residential neighborhoods. Amnesty International is calling on the coalition to immediately stop using cluster munitions, which are inherently indiscriminate weapons and are internationally banned.

January 22, 2016
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Evidence gathered by Amnesty International appears to confirm reports that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces dropped US-manufactured cluster munitions on the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on 6 January 2016. The attack killed a 16-year-old boy and wounded at least six other civilians, and scattered submunitions in at least four different residential neighborhoods.

Amnesty International is calling on the coalition to immediately stop using cluster munitions, which are inherently indiscriminate weapons and are internationally banned.

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Israel Jails Palestinian Circus Performer Without Charge

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:07:49 +0000

A 23-year-old Palestinian man, Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, has been detained by the Israeli military, without charge or any explanation, since 14 December. He has not been allowed visits from his family.

January 20, 2016
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A 23-year-old Palestinian man, Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, has been detained by the Israeli military, without charge or any explanation, since 14 December. He has not been allowed visits from his family.

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New Guide to Curb Excessive Use of Force by Police

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:17:53 +0000

From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the favelas of Brazil, the police use of force and firearms makes global headlines when it turns fatal. All too often people are killed or seriously injured when police use force in violation of international standards or existing national laws.

September 8, 2015
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From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the favelas of Brazil, the police use of force and firearms makes global headlines when it turns fatal.

In countless other cases, including in response to demonstrations, police are too quick to use force instead of seeking peaceful conflict resolution. In many countries police deploy tear gas, rubber bullets and other weapons in arbitrary, abusive or excessive use of force, causing serious casualties, including killing and maiming people, often with little or no accountability.

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UN Human Rights Council: Create Commission of Inquiry for Yemen

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:26:04 +0000

The undersigned organizations call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to create an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by all relevant parties since September 2014, when the Houthi armed group took control of Sana’a, the Yemen capital

August 19, 2015
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The undersigned organizations call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to create an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by all relevant parties since September 2014, when the Houthi armed group took control of Sana’a, the Yemen capital. On March 26, 2015, a Saudi-led coalition launched an air campaign against the Houthi forces.

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UAE: Three sisters released after three months in secret detention for tweeting

Fri, 15 May 2015 14:51:08 +0000

Three sisters were reunited with their family today after spending three months in secret detention after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities subjected them to enforced disappearance, Amnesty International said. They were detained after posting comments on Twitter on behalf of their brother, a prisoner of conscience in the Gulf state.

May 15, 2015
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Three sisters were reunited with their family today after spending three months in secret detention after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities subjected them to enforced disappearance, Amnesty International said. They were detained after posting comments on Twitter on behalf of their brother, a prisoner of conscience in the Gulf state.

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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab jail sentence shows authorities will not tolerate peaceful critics

Thu, 14 May 2015 13:24:34 +0000

The appeal verdict against Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab today, confirming his sentence of six months in jail for insulting government institutions on Twitter, demonstrates the Bahraini authorities’ complete disregard for the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today.

May 14, 2015
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The appeal verdict against Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab today, confirming his sentence of six months in jail for insulting government institutions on Twitter, demonstrates the Bahraini authorities’ complete disregard for the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today.

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Amnesty International USA: President Obama Must Raise Specific Human Rights Concerns with Gulf Leaders

Tue, 12 May 2015 19:18:19 +0000

While officials from Gulf Cooperation Council member states are in the United States this week, countless individuals sit in prison cells simply for having peacefully exercised their human rights. In a new letter, Amnesty International USA urges the US to raise these cases, as well as concerns over systemic human rights problems.

May 12, 2015
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As President Obama prepares to meet with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at Camp David and the White House this week, Amnesty International USA has sent a letter formally requesting he raise specific human rights concerns.
"The reality is that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait all engage in significant and widespread human rights violati

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Yemen: Relentless airstrikes that have left hundreds of civilians dead must be investigated

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:28:23 +0000

The killing of hundreds of civilians, including scores of children, and the injury of thousands during the relentless Saudi Arabian-led campaign of airstrikes across Yemen must be urgently investigated, said Amnesty International, one month after the strikes began.

April 24, 2015
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The killing of hundreds of civilians, including scores of children, and the injury of thousands during the relentless Saudi Arabian-led campaign of airstrikes across Yemen must be urgently investigated, said Amnesty International, one month after the strikes began.

“The month-long campaign of air strikes carried out by Saudi Arabia and its allies has transformed many parts of Yemen into a dangerous place for civilians,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

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