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Amnesty International calls for swift action to protect villagers from killings
At least 37 people have been killed in the past two weeks
Ten years after an outbreak of horrific xenophobic violence claimed 60 lives in South Africa, refugees and migrants are still facing daily discrimination and living in constant fear of physical attacks, Amnesty International said today.
On 11 May 2008 a Mozambican national, Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuaye, was beaten, stabbed and set alight in a brutal killing which set off a chain of violent attacks against migrants and refugees in South Africa.
At the 55th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Amnesty International reported that prison conditions are dire and inhumane across Africa, with severe overcrowding and chronic lack of sanitation. The statement drew the Commission’s attention to the situations in Chad, Mozambique and Nigeria.
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.
"I can't believe in justice anymore. I am not informed. There is no respect...They just want us to forget. If you do not have money to pay nothing happens... " - Chimène Costa, partner of Augusto Cuvilas who was shot and killed by the police in December 2007
The right to life ... is the supreme right from which no derogation is permitted even in time of public emergency ... The protection against arbitrary deprivation of life.... is of paramount importance. ...
Amnesty International today urged the authorities in Mozambique to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of unlawful killings, with families continually obstructed from getting justice over the deaths of their relatives.
In a report released today, 'I can't believe in justice anymore': Obstacles to justice for unlawful killings by police in Mozambique, the organization called on the government to make it clear to all members of the police that excessive use of force and …