Impunity

Haiti: Lack of political will allows ex-dictator Duvalier to escape justice

A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty Intern

Haití: La ausencia de voluntad política permite que el ex dictador Duvalier eluda la justicia

La ausencia de voluntad política y los inaceptables retrasos de las actuaciones judiciales están permitiendo que el ex “presidente vitalicio” de Haití Jean-Claude Duvalier eluda la justicia por violaciones de derechos humanos, han declarado hoy Amnistía Internacional y Human Rights Watch. La ausencia de voluntad política y los inaceptables retrasos de las actuaciones judiciales están permitiendo que el ex “presidente vitalicio” de Haití Jean-Claude Duvalier eluda la justicia por vio

Haiti: Lack of political will allows ex-dictator Duvalier to escape justice - 15 January 2014

Headline Title:  Haiti: Lack of political will allows ex-dictator Duvalier to escape justice A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty International a A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti’s former “president-for-life,” Jean-Claude Duvalier, to escape justice for human rights violations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Media Node:  Baby Doc Duvalier Story Location:  Haiti 18° 34' 21.0576" N, 72° 16' 27.2856" W “It appears that the Haitian authorities have no intention of carrying out thorough investigations into Duvalier-era abuses” Source:  Javier Zúñiga, Amnesty International’s special adviser to regional programmes Date:  Wed, 15/01/2014 “Under Duvalier and his Tonton Macoutes militia, thousands were tortured, killed, and hundreds of thousands of Haitians fled into exile. Their victims shouldn’t have to keep waiting and hoping for justice that never comes.” Source:  Reed Brody, counsel and spokesperson at Human Rights Watch Date:  Wed, 15/01/2014 URL:  You cannot kill the truth: The case against Jean-Claude Duvalier Description:  Amnesty International report, 22 September 2011 URL:  Haiti's Rendez-vous With History: The Case of Jean-Claude Duvalier Description:  Human Rights Watch report, 14 April 2011

Central African Republic: War crimes and crimes against humanity in Bangui - 19 December 2013

Headline Title:  Central African Republic: War crimes and crimes against humanity in Bangui War crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed in the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said at the close of a

México: Torturada al azar - 15 December 2013

Headline Title:  México: Torturada al azar Miriam López fue secuestrada a la entrada de una escuela por hombres con pasamontañas, torturada y recluida durante meses. ¿Cómo pudo ocurrir esto? Miriam López fue secuestrada a la entrada de una escuela por hombres con pasamontañas, torturada y recluida durante meses.  Media Node:  LWM Mexico_es At a Glance:  ACTÚAMiriam López, sobreviviente de tortura, lucha por que se haga justicia Twitter Tag:  Write4Rights Story Location:  México 22° 44' 42.4176" N, 101° 25' 32.8116" W “No sabía quiénes eran y, cuando les pregunté, me apuntaron con una pistola a la cabeza y me dijeron que me callase o que me volarían los sesos. Me torturaron: me ponían una y otra vez paños mojados en la cara y me echaban agua para que no pudiera respirar. Me aplicaron descargas eléctricas.” Source:  Miriam López, secuestrada y torturada por soldados mexicanos “Intento vivir con normalidad, pero siempre tengo miedo, por mí, por mi familia; temo que algo pueda ocurrirles.” Source:  Miriam López URL:  Escribe por los Derechos 2013 Description:  Campaña URL:  Escribe por los Derechos: Dos millones de cartas, tuits y textos para cambiar vidas Description:  Artículo, 2 de diciembre de 2013

Mexique : torturée « au hasard » - 15 December 2013

Headline Title:  Mexique : torturée « au hasard »   Des hommes cagoulés ont enlevé Miriam López sur le chemin de l’école de ses enfants. Incarcérée pendant des mois, elle a subi des tortures. Media Node:  LWM Mexico_FR At a Glance:  AGISSEZ Miriam López : une victime de la torture qui lutte pour obtenir justice Twitter Tag:  Write4Rights Story Location:  Mexico 22° 44' 42.4176" N, 101° 25' 32.8116" W “Ils m’ont torturée : ils m’ont mis à plusieurs reprises un linge mouillé sur le visage, puis ils ont versé de l’eau dessus, je ne pouvais plus respirer. Ils m’ont infligé des décharges électriques.” Source:  Miriam López, une Mexicaine enlevée et torturée “J’essaie de vivre normalement, mais j’ai constamment peur, pour moi, pour ma famille, qu’il nous arrive quelque chose.” Source:  Miriam López, une Mexicaine enlevée et torturée URL:  Miriam López : une victime de la torture qui lutte pour obtenir justice Description:  Agissez ! URL:  Torturée «au hasard» Description:  Lisez l'article dans LE FIL, le magazine des militants d'Amnesty URL:  Écrire pour les droits : lorsqu'une idée simple devient une force mondiale Description:  Nouvelle, 3 décembre 2013

من رجل أعمال إلى "جاسوس": محنة مواطن إيراني كندي في سجن إفين بطهران - 4 December 2013

Headline Title:  من رجل أعمال إلى "جاسوس": محنة مواطن إيراني كندي في سجن إفين بطهران مادت الأرض تحت قدمي حميد القاسمي شال عندما قال له حارس السجن: "لقد تُوفي أخوك". مادت الأرض تحت قدمي حميد القاسمي شال عندما قال له حارس السجن: "لقد تُوفي أخوك" Media Node:  Iran AR Story Location:  Iran 30° 23' 35.1384" N, 55° 22' 15.9384" E “لم يخبروني بأن من حقي الاتصال بمحامٍ. كبلوا يدي وعصبوا عيني وأخذوني إلى زنزانة. وخلال التحقيق، كانت المعاملة سيئة جداً. كانوا يضربونني ويعذبونني نفسياً طيلة ثمانية أشهر” Source:  حميد القاسمي شال “إنني أحمِّل السلطات الإيرانية المسؤولية عن وفاة أخي، وعن الشهور الأربعة والستين التي ضاعت من حياتي في السجن، وعن الآلام والمعاناة التي قاساها كل أفراد العائلة: زوجتي أنتونيلا، وأختي وأمي وأخي وزوجة أخي. لا عذر لها في ذلك” Source:  حميد القاسمي شال URL:  Amnesty International greets Hamid Ghassemi-Shall back to Canada Description:  News, October 10, 2013

Mexico: Tortured at random - 15 December 2013

Headline Title:  Mexico: Tortured at random Miriam López was kidnapped on the school run by men in balaclavas, tortured and detained for months. How could this happen? Miriam López was kidnapped on the school run by men in balaclavas, tortured and detained for months.  Media Node:  LWM Mexico_FR At a Glance:  TAKE ACTIONMiriam López: a torture survivor fighting for justice  Twitter Tag:  Write4Rights Story Location:  Mexico 22° 44' 42.4176" N, 101° 25' 32.8116" W “I didn’t know who they were, and when I asked them they put a gun to my head and told me to shut up or they would blow my head off. They tortured me: they repeatedly put wet cloths over my face and poured water over it so I couldn’t breathe. They gave me electric shocks.” Source:  Miriam López, who was abducted and tortured by Mexican soldiers URL:  Miriam López: a torture survivor fighting for justice Description:  Take action! URL:  Tortured at random Description:  Read this article in The Wire, Amnesty's campaigning magazine URL:  Write for Rights: A spontaneous, grassroots idea that grew into a global force Description:  Feature, 3 December 2013 URL:  Write for Rights 2013 Description:  Campaign

From businessman to ‘spy’: a Canadian-Iranian man’s ordeal in Tehran’s Evin Prison - 4 December 2013

Headline Title:  A Canadian-Iranian man’s ordeal in Tehran’s Evin Prison “Your brother has passed away,” a prison guard told Hamid and his world imploded. Canadian-Iranian businessman Hamid Ghassemi-Shall still struggles to shake off the memories of his time in Evin Prison in Iran, where his brother died. Media Node:  Iran Story Location:  Iran 30° 23' 35.1384" N, 55° 22' 15.9384" E “They didn't tell me I had the right to see a lawyer. They handcuffed me, blindfolded me and took me to a cell. During the investigation the treatment was very bad. They beat me and tortured me psychologically for eight months. ” Source:  Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, Canadian Iranian businessman. “I hold Iran responsible for my brother’s death, for the 64 months of my life that I spent in a prison, for the pain and suffering [my wife] Antonella, my sister, my mum, my brother and my sister-in-law went through. There’s no excuse for that. ” Source:  Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, Canadian Iranian businessman. URL:  Amnesty International greets Hamid Ghassemi-Shall back to Canada Description:  News, October 10, 2013

Yemen: Authorities must rein in security forces ahead of protests - 29 November 2013

Headline Title:  Yemen: Authorities must rein in security forces ahead of protests Yemen must ensure security forces refrain from using excessive force during protests planned this Saturday or risk further bloodshed, Amnesty International said. Yemen must ensure security forces refrain from using excessive force during protests planned this Saturday or risk further bloodshed. Media Node:  Yemen At a Glance:  Protests are planned in the southern sea-port city of Aden on 30 November to mark the 46th anniversary of South Yemen’s independence from British occupation.Protests in Yemen have always been dangerous for activists, with police routinely shooting and killing peaceful demonstrators.On 9 June 2013, at least nine people died and a dozen were injured after security forces shot at demonstrators in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. On 21 February 2013, at least four people were killed and a dozen injured after yemeni security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters gathered in a non-violent sit-in at Al-‘Aroudh Square in Khormaksar, Aden. On 18 March 2013, a sit-in and a general strike was harshly repressed in the city of Tarim in Hadramawt. Story Location:  Yemen 17° 26' 54.5352" N, 49° 13' 7.5" E “Protests in Yemen have always been dangerous for activists, with police routinely shooting and killing peaceful demonstrators. However, given the disagreements over the future of the south of Yemen and the charged symbolism of the date, we are particularly worried about what could happen on Saturday.” Source:  Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International. URL:  Yemeni security forces must not violently repress anniversary protests Description:  News Story, 20 February 2013 URL:  Yemen military must not ‘punish’ injured protesters Description:  News Story, 6 February 2013

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