The treaty was negotiated by more than 70 countries at the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury and went into effect for the first time today.
4 years to the day, not a single Government official has been held accountable for their role in the Rabaa Massacre of 2013, during which Government forces led by President al-Sisi, whom had assumed control of the country through military coup 2 weeks earlier, literally slaughtered over 1,000 protestors in the streets of Cairo for opposing his rule. In the years to follow, as many as 1,700 people have been “disappeared” by Sisi’s regime, hundreds more have been incarcerated and journalists whom report on these events continue to be imprisoned without trial.
Speaking towards protestors at his 2nd State of The Union address, Duterte did not shy away from international criticism regarding his administrations brutal crackdown on drugs. On the contrary, Duterte promises to be even more “unrelenting” in his 2nd year in office.
June 30th 2017 will mark 1 year since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. Over this time and ever since declaring a public War on Drugs, over 110,000 people have been imprisoned and over 10,000 more have been murdered in the streets.
Since August of 2016, more than 3,300 innocent civilians have been killed, 1.3 million people have become displaced and over 600 schools have been destroyed. As a result, the United Nations Council on Human Rights has sent in an international envoy to investigate these crimes and determine if Congolese Army leaders should be brought in front of the International Criminal Court.
After forcing further power cuts upon the residents of Gaza, Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations and international community to condemn Israel’s actions. Amnesty has taken the occasion to remind the world that Israel’s continued blockade of the region is illegal, that Israel is directly responsible for the humanitarian crisis which has ensued there and has been violating international law on this matter for decades.
Ahead of the 2018 Presidential Election, Russia has blacklisted 7 Human Rights Groups from the country, including three more today. Russian officials say these groups could be used to disseminate information that might paint the Government of Russia and its leaders in a negative light, undermining the election in the process.
On April 27th 2017, The United Nations Security Council will vote whether to renew or withdraw international peace keeping troops from several refugee camps in Western Sahara. Ahead of the vote, Amnesty International is raising awareness for the situation and urging the UN to renew their commitment to the area.
According to reporting by Middle East Eye, “At least 80 buses left the government-held towns of Fua and Kafraya in Idlib province in the northwest” early Friday morning. Adding that “More than 30,000 people are expected to be evacuated under the deal, which began on Wednesday with an exchange of prisoners between rebels and government forces.”
On the anniversary of The Lebanon War, a conflict which changed the future of the Middle East for decades to come, Amnesty International is using the occasion to remind the collective world about the impact of human rights abuses past and present, while calling on everyone to come together and do more to stop it.
Investigative Report from Amnesty International: Pro-Government forces in Yemen are not bombing hospitals and killing off medical personnel like their counterparts in Aleppo, they are hijacking them, stationing troops inside them an dictating who can receive medical treatment or not – violating international law and committing War Crimes in the process.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the country is removing its signature from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court – Governed by The United Nations – because the ICC is not “independent” or “authoritative.” While this may be true, Amnesty International Russia argues the real reason Russia is leaving is to ensure the Russian Government can not be sued for “alleged” War Crimes in Ukraine or Syria – in international court. Not only has Russia withdrawn, but Putin has also called for several other countries to also follow their lead.