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.
In May, the Kenyan Government said it would close Dadaab, the countries largest refugee camp, home to hundreds of thousands of people by November 30th, 2016. Though the country will miss this deadline, the deportations have begun – much to the outcry of international human rights organizations.
According to reports from Amnesty International, the United Nations is trying to take a stand against pro-government soldiers in Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is estimated that since October 2014, government soldiers have executed nearly 700 innocent civilians.
As the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan continues to deteriorate, as government forces continue to kill their own citizens, Amnesty International and several other aid groups are openly criticizing the United Nations for not doing more to stand up against the threat.
The UN Summit meetings closed Tuesday with the announcement that 51 countries have come together and agreed to accept an additional 360,000 refugees next year. These countries have also pledged to increase donations to humanitarian aid organizations by $5.4 billion by 2017.