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24 Nov 2014 description
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DRC: Belgian mining giant lied over bulldozing homes

A Belgian mining company, Groupe Forrest International, has consistently lied about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has denied justice to those affected, said Amnesty International today in a new report.

03 Nov 2014 description

Les forces de maintien de la paix des Nations unies et les autorités congolaises doivent agir de façon urgente pour protéger les civils, menacés par une succession d’attaques sporadiques de rebelles armés qui ont fait au moins une centaine de morts le mois dernier, a déclaré Amnesty International vendredi 31 octobre 2014.

03 Nov 2014 description

UN peacekeepers and the Congolese authorities must act urgently to protect civilians from a spate of sporadic attacks by armed rebels which has left at least 100 dead in the last month said Amnesty International today.

In the most recent attack on the night of 30 October 2014 , it is reported that 18 civilians were killed and seven seriously wounded by the armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in Kampi ya Chuyi approximately 75 kilometres from Beni town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

23 Sep 2014 description

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, ahead of weak draft legislation being discussed in the European Parliament.

A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are bringing billions of euros worth of minerals into Europe without having to disclose if their purchases finance armed groups or human rights violations in countries ravaged by conflict.

23 Sep 2014 description

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AI Index: AFR 01/013/2014

22 September 2014

International assistance and human rights protections vital for Ebola-stricken countries

As the Ebola epidemic spreads and the death toll rises, Amnesty International underscores the legal obligation of the international community to provide assistance to the affected countries.

29 Apr 2014 description

Index: AFR 01/003/2014

Chairperson, Honourable Commissioners,

Amnesty International welcomes this opportunity to address the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) on the state of the situation of human rights in Africa.

09 Apr 2014 description

Background The Seleka militia (meaning “alliance” in Sango, the national language) was responsible for widespread and systematic human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the course of 2013. After a murderous rampage that started in the north-east, the Seleka spread out across the country, seizing the capital Bangui and ousting then-President François Bozizé in March 2013. Over the following 10 months, Seleka forces killed countless civilians, burned numerous villages, and looted thousands of homes.

07 Mar 2014 description

Tomorrow, the International Criminal Court will hand down its verdict in the case against Germain Katanga, former leader of the Patriotic Resistance Force, an armed opposition group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Katanga is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to an attack on Bogoro, a village in the Ituri district of the country, in early February 2003.

08 Jan 2014 description

Il faut empêcher que les intérêts des entreprises américaines puissent invalider la règle relative aux « minerais du conflit », qui oblige les entreprises à vérifier et révéler si leurs produits contiennent certains minerais ayant contribué au financement de groupes armés dans des pays d’Afrique riches en minerais, a déclaré Amnesty International lundi 6 janvier 2014.

07 Jan 2014 description

US corporate interests must not be allowed to invalidate the Conflict Minerals Rule, which requires companies to investigate and disclose whether their products contain certain minerals that help fund armed groups in mineral-rich countries in Africa, said Amnesty International today.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear a challenge by three industry groups against the rule on Tuesday. Amnesty International joined the lawsuit to support the rule.