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AIUSA Central Africa News November 2013

AIUSA Central Africa News November 2013

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Publication by the Amnesty International USA Central Africa Country Coordination Group to provide human rights news, updates, actions for the countries of Central Africa
Publication by the Amnesty International USA Central Africa Country Coordination Group to provide human rights news, updates, actions for the countries of Central Africa

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“Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.”
- Ginetta Sagan
Amnesty International USA Central Africa Region News 
November 2013 Volume 5 Number 3
A publication of Amnesty
International USA’s Central
Africa Country Coordination Group, ai.centralafrica@gmail.com
In This Issue
Actions:
 
DRC16 Days of Activism: Protect Women Human Rights Defenders
 25 November 2013 Amnesty International supporters worldwide begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbated by increasingly militarized societies or "militarism". One of the featured countries is the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), women human rights defenders (WHRDs) provide remarkable and resilient grassroots assistance to survivors of human rights abuses. Their work causes them to face threats specific to their work as human rights defenders, as well as threats specific to their gender. Amnesty International is working to raise the awareness of members of the Congolese government and diplomatic representation in DRC of the important role played by WHRDs, particularly in zones affected by armed conflict and with high rates of violence
against women. Women’s rights activists must receive more support from both within
the country and beyond.
Take Action Now!
Please consider taking the following actions to show support for these brave women:
1. Solidarity Action with several WHR organizations in eastern DRC.
 
Send messages of support to women’s organizations working in North and South
Kivu! Email your message of support to let these courageous women know they are not alone! Write a short email message of support to express your solidarity and thank them for their work. Or, take a picture of yourself holding a message of
support (possible messages might include ―You are not alone!‖ ―We stand with you!‖ ―Do not give up hope
-
you are not forgotten!‖).
Email messages of support to drcsolidarityaction@gmail.com
with a copy sophie.rosenberg@amnesty.org where the messages will be compiled by the Amnesty International Secretariat and sent by e-mail or post, depending on the organizations.
2. 
Geneviève INAGOSI
urging her to defend the women human rights defenders. Also, call for the end of the intimidation and detention of human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders, increased recognition and support of their work, increased
involvement of women’s groups in consultation, and increased positive visibility of
their valuable role. From more actions and information, download the DRC 16 Days of Activism Campaign Kit 
 Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls.
 
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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
ber 25
th
 
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 News
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 
 
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Photo: Pierre Holtz/OCHA CAR conflict has driven tens of thousands from their homes Photo: Hannah McNeish/IRIN Tall orders: Christian and Muslim leaders know their peace mission will fail without government support
Rwanda. He is currently detained in Rwanda at an undisclosed location. Read More
Other Human Rights News
 
Human Rights Watch: Hold Commander  Accountable for Attack on Town
November 25, 2013 (Bangui)
 Former Seleka rebel fighters who have been nominally integrated into the national army pillaged and burned a small town in the Central African Republic on
 
November 10, 2013. Read More
Witness-tampering charges could derail Bemba trial
November 28 AMSTERDAM
 A lawyer for former Congo vice-president and war crimes suspect Jean-Pierre Bemba went on trial himself on Wednesday on charges of colluding with his client and three others to mislead the court with forged documents and bribed witnesses. Read More
Malaria cases soar in former DRC rebel stronghold
KINSHASA, 27 November 2013 (IRIN) - There has been a threefold increase in the number of malaria cases recorded in the former M23 rebel stronghold of Rutshuru, in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) North Kivu earlier in 2013, and that of a similar number obliged to return in late 2012 after they lost their refugee status. Over the past decade or so, around half a million people have returned to Burundi, a country that saw two large-scale exoduses in the late 20th century: Tens of thousands fled in the wake of a genocide in 1972, while many more left during a civil war that raged between 1993-2005. Read More
Cameroon News
 
Refugee influx causes unease in Cameroon
YAOUNDE, 30 October 2013 (IRIN) - Cameroon is grappling with the influx of over a hundred thousand refugees from neighboring Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria, whose presence is causing tensions with the local population. The refugees are hosted in some 300 sites in Cameroon's eastern and northern regions. Some 90,000 of the 105,467 refugees are Central Africans, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Read More
Central African Republic News
 
Religious violence and the seeds of hate in CAR
BOSSANGOA, 27 November 2013 (IRIN) - Shocked by an escalation of killings, rapes and other abuses committed by Muslims against Christians, and vice versa, in the Central African Republic (CAR), leading clerics from both faiths recently travelled together to preach peace and listen to tales of horror. The level of violence, lawless and impunity that prevails in CAR - where a "human catastrophe of epic proportions is unfolding", according to Amnesty International. Read More
UNICEF urges support for
 ‘forgotten crisis’ 
 
22 November 2013
 
The United Nations Children’s Fund (
UNICEF) is urging greater
international attention to address the ―forgotten crisis‖ in the Central African Republic
(CAR) where the entire population of 4.6 million people has been affected by the ongoing crisis.
 ―The CAR is a forgotten crisis at the global level,‖ SouleymaneDiabate, UNICEF Representative in the country. ―While the world is preoccupied with what is happening
in Syria or the
Philippines, the situation is very tragic.‖ 
 
Chad News
In final stop on Sahel visit, Ban pledges ongoing UN support for Chad, wider region
8 November 2013
 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has wrapped up his visit to the Sahel with a final stop in Chad, where he discussed with senior
Government officials the country’s efforts to ta
ckle the serious security and development challenges at home and in the wider region.
 
During a meeting 
yesterday in the capital, N’djamena, with President Idriss Déby Itno,

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