Armed Conflict

USA: Guatemalan soldier accused of massacre must face justice

The USA must charge or extradite a former Guatemalan soldier involved in a massacre in his home country, Amnesty International said. The USA must charge or extradite a former Guatemalan soldier involved in a massacre in his home country, Amnesty International said.

USA: Guatemalan soldier accused of massacre must face justice - 11 February 2014

Headline Title:  USA: Guatemalan soldier accused of massacre must face justice The USA must charge or extradite a former Guatemalan soldier involved in a massacre in his home country, Amnesty International said. The USA must charge or extradite a former Guatemalan soldier involved in a massacre in his home country, Amnesty International said. Media Node:  Guate dos erres At a Glance:  Guatemala's internal armed conflict took place between 1960 and 1996.More than 200,000 men, women and children were murdered or disappeared.Effrain Rios Montt was in office between 1982 and 1983.The conflict ended in 1996 with the signing of a Peace Accord.A UN-sponsored Commission of Historical Clarification said the Guatemalan state was responsible for most abuses. Story Location:  Guatemala 14° 39' 18.3024" N, 88° 56' 35.9232" W “In addition to immigration violations, Sosa Orantes has a case to answer for war crimes. The US authorities must extradite him to Guatemala or prosecute him in the USA for crimes against international law. ” Source:  Sebastian Elgueta, Guatemala researcher at Amnesty International. URL:  Guatemala: Fifth former soldier convicted over role in Dos Erres massacre Description:  News Story, 14 March 2012 URL:  The task of reading Guatemala’s bones Description:  Feature, 15 November 2012 URL:  Guatemalan former soldiers sentenced to 6,060 years for massacre Description:  News Story, 3 August 2011

Central African Republic: Ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings - 12 February 2014

Headline Title:  Central African Republic: Ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings International peacekeepers have failed to prevent the ethnic cleansing of Muslim civilians in the western part of the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said in a

Afghanistan: New policy a lifeline to more than half a million internally displaced - 10 February 2014

Headline Title:  Afghanistan: New lifeline for more than half a million displaced   Afghanistan’s new policy to help more than 600,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live on the brink of starvation and in cramped makeshift dwellings, is a milestone, said Amnesty International.  Media Node:  Afghan IDPs Twitter Tag:  Afghanistan Story Location:  Afghanistan 33° 58' 38.2908" N, 66° 47' 48.75" E “The IDP policy could go a long way to improving the lives of more than half a million displaced persons but it needs sustained political backing and funds. This has to be more than just a promise on paper – we’ll be watching to see how much the government actually achieves over the next year.” Source:  Horia Mosadiq, Amnesty International's Afghanistan Researcher Date:  Mon, 10/02/2014 URL:  Afghanistan: Amnesty International recommendations on the situation in Afghanistan Description:  Open letter, 8 October 2013 URL:  Afghans fleeing war find misery in urban slums Description:  News story, 23 February 2012 URL:  Fleeing war, finding misery: The plight of the internally displaced in Afghanistan Description:  Report, 23 February 2012 URL:  Fleeing war, finding misery Description:  Case studies, 23 February 2012

Reversal of UK stance on resettling refugees must inspire wider action on Syria - 29 January 2014

Headline Title:  Reversal of UK stance on refugees must inspire wider action on Syria The UK government’s decision to resettle some of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria should encourage wider action on resettlement by the international community, particularly European and Gulf The UK government’s decision to resettle some of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria should encourage wider action on resettlement, particularly from European and Gulf countries. Media Node:  Syria Story Location:  Syria 35° 32' 4.0596" N, 37° 37' 1.8768" E “Syria’s deepening refugee crisis is one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time. So far the international community is failing to meet this challenge. One way to reduce further suffering is for countries across the world to open their doors and share responsibility for the protection of refugees, which is largely shouldered by countries neighbouring Syria.” Source:  Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Refugee and Migrants’ Rights at Amnesty International. URL:  11,000 reasons for real action on Syria Description:  Blog, 21 January 2014. URL:  Syria peace conference must act on allegations of ‘industrial-scale’ torture and killings in custody Description:  News Story, 21 January 2014. URL:  Syria peace conference must end starvation for besieged civilians Description:  News Story, 16 January 2014.

République centrafricaine : l'UA doit déployer le reste des forces de la paix pour protéger les civils d'une attaque - 28 January 2014

Headline Title:  République centrafricaine : l’UA doit protéger les civils   La réunion des chefs d’État de l’Union africaine (AU) s’ouvrant mercredi 29 janvier doit aborder le problème de l’amplification de la crise en République centrafricaine. Il faut que les dirigeants africains veillent à ce que les forces de maintien de la paix soient rapidement déployées dans leur intégralité, afin de protéger les civils risquant de faire l’objet d’attaques à tout moment dans certaines zones rurales. Media Node:  CAR_fr Story Location:  République centrafricaine 6° 18' 55.0764" N, 17° 24' 8.4384" E “Il y a un véritable danger que ce qui constitue déjà une catastrophe humaine ne s’aggrave encore. Les forces de maintien de la paix ont un impact dans les secteurs où elles sont déployées, mais elles sont notablement absentes de vastes zones du Nord-Ouest. Là, des villes ont été attaquées et le risque que de nouvelles atrocités soient commises est bien réel.” Source:  Donatella Rovera, conseillère sur les situations de crise à Amnesty International URL:  République centrafricaine : plus de 50 musulmans ont été tués dans deux attaques Description:  Nouvelle, 24 janvier 2014. URL:  République centrafricaine. La présidente doit reprendre le contrôle des milices alors que les musulmans fuient Description:  Communiqué de presse, 20 janvier 2014 URL:  Après la démission du président centrafricain, il faut de toute urgence renforcer les troupes de maintien de la paix Description:  Nouvelle, 10 janvier 2014 URL:  République centrafricaine. Crimes de guerre et crimes contre l'humanité à Bangui Description:  Communiqué de presse, 19 décembre 2013 URL:  «Aucun d’entre nous n’est en sécurité» : crimes de guerre et crimes contre l’humanité en République centrafricaine Description:  Document public, 19 décembre 2013

CAR: AU must deploy remaining peacekeepers to protect civilians from imminent attack - 28 January 2014

Headline Title:  CAR: AU must deploy remaining peacekeepers to protect civilians The African Union (AU) Heads of State meeting starting tomorrow must address the growing crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). The African Union Heads of State meeting starting tomorrow must address the growing crisis in the Central African Republic. Media Node:  CAR Story Location:  Central African Republic 6° 18' 55.0764" N, 17° 24' 8.4384" E “There is a real danger of further escalation of what is already a human disaster. The peacekeeping forces have had an effect where they are deployed, but there are large swathes of the North West where there is a notable absence. Here towns have been attacked and there is a real risk of further atrocities. ” Source:  Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Adviser at Amnesty International. URL:  Central African Republic: More than 50 Muslims killed in two attacks Description:  News Story, 24 January 2014. URL:  CAR: Interim president must rein in “out of control” militias as Muslims forced to flee Description:  News Story, 20 January 2014 URL:  Urgent need for increase in peacekeeping troops as CAR President steps down Description:  News Story, 10 January 2014 URL:  Central African Republic: War crimes and crimes against humanity in Bangui Description:  News story, 19 December 2013 URL:  'None of us are safe: War crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic Description:  Briefing, 19 December 2013

République centrafricaine : plus de 50 musulmans ont été tués dans deux attaques - 24 January 2014

Headline Title:  République centrafricaine : plus de 50 musulmans ont été tués   Les nouveaux éléments de preuve recueillis par Amnesty International, qui font état du massacre de femmes, d’enfants et de vieillards, mettent en lumière le grand péril que court la minorité musulmane en République centrafricaine. Media Node:  CAR main photo_fr CAr small 1_fr CAR small 2_FR At a Glance:  Plus de 50 musulmans ont été tués lors de deux attaques de villages au nord-ouest de Bangui, capitale de la République centrafricaine, les 14 et 16 janvier 2014.  Parmi les victimes se trouvaient au moins 6 enfants, 5 femmes, et trois hommes âgés.Deux fillettes, âgées de 7 et 18 mois, étaient les plus jeunes victimes ; la victime la plus âgée avait 70 ans. Les deux attaques ont été menées par des milices chrétiennes anti-balaka, aux mains desquelles se trouvent désormais plusieurs localités du nord-ouest de Bangui.Les deux localités, Boyali et Bossembélé, comme d'autres dans la région, sont désormais entièrement vidées de leur population musulmane, qui a fui. Story Location:  Royaume-Uni 5° 41' 30.444" N, 18° 6' 19.6884" E See map: Google Maps “Les forces internationales de maintien de la paix manquent à leur devoir envers la communauté musulmane. De très nombreux civils ont été laissés sans protection face aux représailles violentes des milices anti-balaka, à un moment où ces attaques étaient tout à fait prévisibles.” Source:  Joanne Mariner, conseillère au sein d'Amnesty International pour les situations de crise, actuellement à Bangui URL:  République centrafricaine. La présidente doit reprendre le contrôle des milices alors que les musulmans fuient Description:  Communiqué de presse, 20 janvier 2014 URL:  Après la démission du président centrafricain, il faut de toute urgence renforcer les troupes de maintien de la paix Description:  Nouvelle, 10 janvier 2014 URL:  République centrafricaine. Crimes de guerre et crimes contre l'humanité à Bangui Description:  Communiqué de presse, 19 décembre 2013 URL:  «Aucun d’entre nous n’est en sécurité» : crimes de guerre et crimes contre l’humanité en République centrafricaine Description:  Document public, 19 décembre 2013 URL:  Face à l’horreur et à la souffrance, une extrême dignité Description:  Billet de blog, 16 décembre 2013

Central African Republic: More than 50 Muslims killed in two attacks - 24 January 2014

Headline Title:  Central African Republic: More than 50 Muslims killed in two attacks New evidence of the slaughter of women, children and the elderly gathered by Amnesty International underscores the extreme dangers faced by the Muslim minority in the Central African Republic. New evidence of the slaughter of women, children and the elderly gathered by Amnesty International underscores the extreme dangers faced by the Muslim minority in the CAR. Media Node:  CAR main photo CAr small 1 CAR small 2 At a Glance:  More than 50 Muslims were killed in two attacks in villages north-west of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic on 14 and 16 January 2014.  The victims include at least six children, five women, and three old men.Two girls, aged seven and 18 months, were the youngest victims; the oldest was 70. Both attacks were carried out by Christian anti-balaka militias, which now wield effective power in many of the towns and villages northwest of the capital.The two towns, Boyali and Bossembele, like several others in the region, are now entirely empty of their Muslim populations, which fled in fear of their lives. Story Location:  United Kingdom 5° 41' 30.444" N, 18° 6' 19.6884" E See map: Google Maps “International peacekeeping forces are failing the Muslim community. Scores of people were left unprotected from vicious anti-balaka reprisals at a time when such attacks were entirely predictable.” Source:  Joanne Mariner, Amnesty International’s senior crisis advisor in Bangui. URL:  CAR: Interim president must rein in “out of control” militias as Muslims forced to flee Description:  News Story, 20 January 2014 URL:  Urgent need for increase in peacekeeping troops as CAR President steps down Description:  News Story, 10 January 2014 URL:  Central African Republic: War crimes and crimes against humanity in Bangui Description:  News story, 19 December 2013 URL:  'None of us are safe: War crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic Description:  Briefing, 19 December 2013 URL:  Dignity in the face of overwhelming horror and misery Description:  Blog, 16 December 2013

مع استمرار إجبار المسلمين على الفرار بشكل جماعي، ينبغي على الرئيسة المؤقتة لجمهورية إفريقيا الوسطى كبح جماح الميليشيات "المنفلتة" - 20 January 2014

Headline Title:  ينبغي على الرئيسة المؤقتة لجمهورية إفريقيا الوسطى كبح جماح الميليشيات "المنفلتة" قالت منظمة العفو الدولية إنه يتعين على الرئيسة المؤقتة الجديدة لجمهورية إفريقيا الوسطى أن تبادر على وجه السرعة بكبح جماح الميليشيات "المنفلتة" المعروفة باسم "مناهضي بالاك يتعين على الرئيسة المؤقتة الجديدة لجمهورية إفريقيا الوسطى أن تبادر على وجه السرعة بكبح جماح الميليشيات "المنفلتة" المعروفة باسم "مناهضي بالاكا"، والتي تدفع حالياً عشرات من السكان المسلمين بمغادرة البلاد للنجاة بأنفسهم من الانتهاكات المخيفة Media Node:  CAR AR Story Location:  جمهورية أفريقيا الوسطى 6° 7' 7.3488" N, 18° 37' 58.1268" E “إن الأهالي من تجمعات المسلمين يشعرون بأنهم لا يحظون بأية حماية من اعتداءات "ميليشيات مناهضي بالاكا"، ويساورهم الخوف الشديد مما يمكن أن يحدث لهم إذا ظلوا في البلاد. فحتى أولئك الذين وُلدوا في جمهورية إفريقيا الوسطى، ولم يسبق أن خطت أقدامهم خارجها، يحاولون الآن الفرار إلى تشاد” Source:  جوان مارينر، كبيرة مستشاري الأزمات لدى منظمة العفو الدولية URL:  Urgent need for increase in peacekeeping troops as CAR President steps down Description:  News Story, 10 January 2014 URL:  Central African Republic: War crimes and crimes against humanity in Bangui Description:  News story, 19 December 2013 URL:  'None of us are safe: War crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic Description:  Briefing, 19 December 2013 URL:  Dignity in the face of overwhelming horror and misery Description:  Blog, 16 December 2013 URL:  African Union: Concrete action urgently needed to halt atrocities in Central African Republic Description:  News story, 12 December 2013

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