Nigeria: Government failures fuel escalating conflict between farmers and herders as death toll nears 4,000
17 December 2018, 00:01 UTC
*WARNING: This article contains graphic descriptions of killings
The Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country, resulting in at least 3,641 deaths in the past three years and the displacement of thousands more, Amnesty International revealed today.
Following the decision to pardon and release 289 people arrested in connection with the unrest in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, Marie Evelyne Petrus Barry, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Regional Director said:
“Cameroon President’s decision to pardon and release nearly 300 people arrested in connection with the unrest in the Anglophone regions is a welcome step and a catalyst for human rights change.
Following news that Somali security forces in Baidoa opened fire this morning on protestors, killing a parliamentarian, Abdishakur Yaqub Ibrahim as known as Abdishakur Bule, and a young boy in ongoing protests that erupted on 13 December, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Sarah Jackson said:
- At least four deaths during protests in less than a week, including three by firearm
- Verified video confirms the location where a 12-year-old boy was shot dead
- New cyber criminality law unduly restricts freedom of expression
Responding to news that the warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a ceasefire for the port city of Hodeidah, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Research said:
“Today’s announcement of a ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah brings hope to millions of civilians who are heavily dependent on the port for access to essential goods and humanitarian aid.
CAR: Up to 100 civilians shot and burnt alive as UN peacekeepers leave posts in Alindao
The United Nations must carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops’ response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said today in a new report.
12 December 2018, 16:58 UTC
Reacting to the news that French authorities have acted on an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant for Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, a former coordinator of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) anti-balaka armed group, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International West and Central Africa Deputy Director said:
Iraq: Islamic State’s destructive legacy decimates Yezidi farming
13 December 2018, 00:01 UTC
Legacy of IS scorched-earth tactics still devastates rural communities
Sabotage of irrigation wells and other destruction amounts to war crimes
Across Iraq, vast destruction deters hundreds of thousands from returning to rural areas
Amnesty International is urging the Malian authorities not to vote in a new law which may allow the perpetrators of killings, torture and other atrocities to escape justice.
On 13 December Mali’s National Assembly will examine the ''National Understanding Act'' (Loi d’entente nationale) which has vaguely worded provisions. The law could lead to “abandoning the prosecution of those involved in an armed rebellion if they have no blood on their hands,” according to the statement to the Nation made by Mali President on 31 December 2017.
The “third struggle” for freedom in Africa
When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948, much of Africa was still in its first struggle for liberation from colonial rule. Only three African countries were present at the UN for the vote: Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa. Apartheid South Africa abstained.
Defending human rights on the frontlines in Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Refugees need meaningful change
The UN Global Compact on Refugees, initiated by the General Assembly, failed to deliver meaningful change for 25 million refugees. In July, after 18 months of consultations, the final text of the Compact, which aimed to improve the international community’s response to mass forcible displacement, was notably unambitious: a shameful blueprint for responsibility shirking.
Human rights defenders defy repression amid some hopes in South Asia
Responding to news from MSF and SOS Mediterranée that the Aquarius search and rescue vessel has been forced to end operations, Amnesty International’s Secretary General said:
“News from Médecins Sans Frontières and its partner SOS Méditerranée have been forced to terminate operations by the search and rescue ship, Aquarius, is very sad.
South Sudan: Execution spree targets even children and threatens nursing mothers
South Sudan has carried out more executions this year than it has done in any year since gaining independence in 2011, with a child among seven people known to have been executed so far in 2018, Amnesty International revealed today.
Amnesty International fears for the lives of another 135 people on death row, who have this year been rounded up from other prisons across the country to two prisons notorious for executions.
Groups Call for Concrete Steps to Minimize Civilian Harm
Responding to the release on bail of volunteers and staff who provided life-saving assistance to refugees, Kondylia Gougou, Amnesty International’s Greece Researcher said:
“Whilst we welcome the news that these dedicated humanitarians will be back with their families tonight after more than 100 days behind bars, the fact that they still face absurd charges and potentially long prison sentences is an outrage.
By Tity Agbahey, Amnesty International Central Africa Campaigner
The kid is a full-of-life 4 year-old-girl. Like all kids of that age, Carine* is curious about her surroundings; she tries to escape from her mother’s lap and grabs everything around her. She looks at my phone and flashes me a smile that looks like a silent plea. For one moment, I almost forget that we are in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. It’s unusually hot for this period of the year.
By Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International
“Winter is coming,” Ali, a 21-year-old refugee from Afghanistan said to me when I met him Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos last month. “There are pregnant women and children here. How are they going to survive the cold?” It was a question to which I had no answer, and as temperatures across Europe tumble, it is a question that returns to haunt me.
Twelve refugees and migrants who have been stranded in the Central Mediterranean on a Spanish fishing boat for almost a week must be allowed to disembark in Europe as soon as possible, said Amnesty International.
Six days after they were rescued from the water by the Nuestra Madre de Loreto vessel, the 12 - including two children - remain on board in overcrowded conditions and stormy waters.