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Sudan: Security officers pursue injured protestors into hospital

The security officers opened fire in the hospital court yard and then marched into the emergency and medical sections of the Omdurman Hospital roughing up both patients and doctors

Sudanese security officers last night entered a hospital and fired live bullets and teargas horrifying patients and hospital staff as they pursued people seeking treatment after they sustained gunshot injuries during protests earlier in the day in Omdurman, on the outskirts of Khartoum. The security officers opened fire in the…

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Authorities must reopen media outlets and end crackdown on internet freedom

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) authorities shut down internet connection and SMS services countrywide on 31 December in a bid to stop what it termed “rumour mongering” about the election outcome

Following further closures of media outlets and a mounting crackdown on internet and mobile messaging in the wake of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Joan Nyanyuki said: “The authorities in the DRC must immediately reopen…

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Death penalty: Global abolition closer as record number of countries vote to end executions

Dominica, Libya, Malaysia and Pakistan changed their vote to support the resolution, while Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and South Sudan moved from opposition to abstention

After a record number of UN member states today supported at the final vote a key UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International’s Death Penalty Expert Chiara Sangiorgio said: “The fact that more countries than ever before…

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South Sudan: Sentencing of soldiers for killing and raping a step forward for justice

After much foot dragging, today’s convictions and sentences represent a first step towards ending chronic impunity in South Sudan

Following the conviction and sentencing of 10 South Sudanese soldiers in connection with the killing of a journalist and rape of aid workers during an attack on the Terrain Hotel in the capital Juba in July 2016, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes,…

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South Sudan: Arms embargo must be strictly enforced

Every day civilians are butchered using lethal arms in full view of the world

Responding to the imposition of an arms embargo on South Sudan by the UN Security Council, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The UN Security Council’s much-anticipated vote to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan is a step in…

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Ethiopia: Police unit unlawfully killing Oromo people must be stopped

On 23 and 24 May the unit also attacked four neighborhoods in the Chinaksen district of East Oromia, killing five farmers and burning down around 50 homes

The Ethiopian government must immediately withdraw and disband the Liyu police unit of the Somali regional state, whose members are unlawfully killing the Oromo people, Amnesty International said today. Members of the unit, set up by the Somali state as a counter-terrorism special force, this week burnt down 48 homes…

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Nairobi Authorities Must Provide Alternative Housing to the Forcibly Evicted City Carton Residents

On 11 April, the resident of City Carton informal settlement were served with a 14-day notice to vacate from their homes

Over 60 heavily armed police officers ambushed residents of the City Carton informal settlements near Wilson Airport on the morning of 09/05/18, and oversaw the demolition of the homes of over 250 families. Bulldozers on site flattened all houses and left over a 1000 people homeless. On 11 April, the…

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Ethiopia: Release opposition politician held for Facebook posts

The Ethiopian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a prominent opposition politician facing a possible death sentence on trumped-up terrorism charges over comments he posted on Facebook, said Amnesty International. Yonatan Tesfaye, the spokesman of the opposition Semayawi (Blue) party, was arbitrarily arrested in December 2015 and held in lengthy…