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  • UN Peacekeeper Reform Plan Falls Short on Sex Abuse

    UN peacekeeper reform will only restore credibility if those who rape and sexually exploit the people they are supposed to protect are brought to trial and punished, Amnesty International said today.

    September 11, 2015
    AIUSA

    UN peacekeeper reform will only restore credibility if those who rape and sexually exploit the people they are supposed to protect are brought to trial and punished, Amnesty International said today.

    A report released today by the UN Secretary General on the recommendations of the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations includes important recommendations to prevent further sex abuse scandals. These include the creation of rapid response teams, mechanisms for local communities to complain and in-country trials.

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  • New Guide to Curb Excessive Use of Force by Police

    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
    AIUSA

    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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  • Nigeria: Shell Must Match Government's Commitment to Clean Oil Spills

    Shell must match the Nigerian government’s new commitment to tackle oil pollution in the Niger Delta by dramatically improving how it cleans up spills, Amnesty International said today.

    August 7, 2015
    AIUSA

    Shell must match the Nigerian government’s new commitment to tackle oil pollution in the Niger Delta by dramatically improving how it cleans up spills, Amnesty International said today.

    President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement on Wednesday of a trust fund to pay for the clean-up of the Ogoniland region in the Niger Delta is welcome, but if Shell’s ineffective clean-up methods are not fully overhauled, its impact will be limited.

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  • Violence, death and injustice: A beginner’s guide to human rights in Nigeria

    How bad is the human rights situation in Nigeria? Pretty shocking. Boko Haram’s bloody onslaught in north-east Nigeria and the military’s heavy-handed response has killed thousands of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Women, men and children live in constant fear of murder and abduction by Boko Haram and of arbitrary arrest, unlawful detention, torture and even execution at the hands of the military.

    March 30, 2015
    AIUSA

    How bad is the human rights situation in Nigeria?

    Pretty shocking. Boko Haram’s bloody onslaught in north-east Nigeria and the military’s heavy-handed response has killed thousands of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Women, men and children live in constant fear of murder and abduction by Boko Haram and of arbitrary arrest, unlawful detention, torture and even execution at the hands of the military.

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  • African Union: President Mugabe should urgently address human rights concerns
    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country.
    January 30, 2015
    International

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country, Amnesty International said today.   

    President Robert Mugabe takes over the rotating position from the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz which will see him in charge for the year ahead. 

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  • AU Summit decision a backward step for international justice
    The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights.
    July 1, 2014

    The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said. 

     

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  • AU Summit: Government leaders must not grant themselves immunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity
    Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, even before it becomes operational.
    June 18, 2014

    Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, even before it becomes operational, Amnesty International said.

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  • United Nations Must Tackle the Looming Human Catastrophe in the Central African Republic

    The United Nations must take full account of the human catastrophe of epic proportions unfolding in the Central African Republic (CAR) when considering the options presented by the U.N. Secretary-General on peacekeeping in that country, Amnesty International said.

    November 25, 2013
    AIUSA

    Contact: Carol Gregory, cgregory@aiusa.org, 202-675-8759, @AIUSAmedia

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The United Nations must take full account of the human catastrophe of epic proportions unfolding in the Central African Republic (CAR) when considering the options presented by the U.N. Secretary-General on peacekeeping in that country, Amnesty International said.

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  • AU Summit call for immunity of senior government officials is deplorable
    The African Union’s declaration that no senior government officials should appear before the International Criminal Court and their call for deferral of the cases against Kenya’s leaders is deplorable
    October 14, 2013
    International

    The African Union’s declaration that no senior government officials should appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and their call for deferral of the cases against Kenya’s leaders is deplorable, said Amnesty International.

    The declaration was made at an Extraordinary Summit of the AU on the question of Africa’s relationship with the ICC in Addis Ababa on 11 and 12 October.

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  • African states must reject calls to withdraw from the ICC
    African states must reject calls to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said ahead of an extraordinary meeting of the African Union on 11 and 12 October.
    October 10, 2013
    International

    African states must reject calls to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, says Amnesty International.

    The African Union (AU) is due to hold an extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa on 11 and 12 October. It is understood that a proposal will be tabled for the en bloc withdrawal of African countries from the Rome Statute of the ICC.

    Some AU members are concerned that the ICC is unfairly targeting African countries.

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