Amnesty International News
Central African Republic: UN must tackle the looming human catastrophe
25 November 2013 The UN must take full account of the human catastrophe of epic proportions unfolding in the Central African Republic (CAR) when considering the options presented by the UN Secretary-General on peacekeeping in that country, Amnesty International said. Read More
Central African Republic: Interview with Christian Mukosa, AI Researcher - 'International Community Should Act Now to Save CAR'
27 November 2013 Christian Mukosa of Amnesty International says the international community should act now to stop human rights violations in the Central African Republic. He hails France's plan to send more troops to CAR. Read More
Rwanda: Reveal whereabouts of detained Rwandan refugee
1 November 2013 Rwanda: Reveal whereabouts of detained Rwandan refugee Joel Mutabazi, a Rwandan refugee, was abducted from a safe house on 25 October 2013 where he was under the protection of the Ugandan authorities and illegally returned to
Central African Republic Action: Urge US to Help Stop Tragedy
The situation in the Central African Republic continues to deteriorate daily as world leaders at the U.N. debate the most appropriate action to take to help reverse course so the situation does not further deteriorate. Discussions are moving very quickly and so there is little time for letter writing at the moment. Instead, if you are on Twitter, please tweet the following message to he State Department, UN Ambassador Samantha Power and the U.S. mission at the U.N. highlighting and linking to Amnesty
International’s most recent report and statement from Novem
The message should read: @StateDept @USUN @AmbassadorPower UN must stop the human tragedy in the #CAR. Ensure protection and security now! http://tinyurl.com/pd226dn
Equatorial Guinea Action: Free Agustin Esono Nsogo
Agustín Esono Nsogo has been in arbitrary detention for over a year. He was arrested in Bata, the main city on the mainland part of Equatorial Guinea, on 17 October 2012. Amnesty International believes that his arrest and continued detention without charge or trial is politically motivated and unjustified and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release. Agustín Esono Nsogo is a teacher, the owner and director of a private school in Bata. He is also the nephew of a co-founder of the political opposition party Unión Popular
UP (Peoples’ Union), who died in police custody as a result of torture in 1993.
Agustín Esono Nsogo was arrested at his home in Bata at about 11 pm by police officers who did not have a warrant for his arrest. It appears that the reason for his arrest was that the day before he had exchanged money with a French national resident in Bata who wanted to leave Equatorial Guinea in a hurry as he felt his life was in danger. Immediately after his arrest he was put on a plane to the capital, Malabo, and imprisoned at Black Beach prison where he was held incommunicado for at least a week. During that time, he was tortured on three occasions, apparently to force him to confess to a plot to destabilize the country, supposedly led by a former leader of the UP living in exile in Spain. Agustín Esono was beaten on both wrists, the soles of the feet and the head with batons and as result lost hearing in his left ear. He did not have his detention legalized within the 72 hours prescribed by national law, but only one month after his arrest, in November. Although he has not been charged or tried, he remains in prison, and has been accused of attempting to destabilize the
country, which does not exist in Equatorial Guinea’s Penal Code. His lawyer’s appeals
to the Malabo Provincial Court (Audiencia Provincial) for his release based on the illegality of his arrest and detention have not been considered, largely because of disagreement between the Provincial Courts (Audiencia Provinciales) of Malabo and Bata over which court is competent to examine the case. Read More Take Action now by writing to the President of the Republic asking that Agustín Esono Nsogo be freed editing the model letter in the action.
Burundi's land conundrum
BUJUMBURA, 14 November 2013 (IRIN) - Burundi is preparing to receive thousands of its refugees from Uganda in a voluntary repatriation exercise. Their return will follow that of around 30,000 compatriots expelled by Tanzania