Violence during pro- and anti-government protests has resulted in at least six deaths, including opposition and government supporters. © LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
By Guadalupe Marengo, Amnesty International’s Americas Deputy Programme Director
Over the past two weeks we have witnessed a deepening of the polarization which has affected Venezuela for almost two decades. Violence during pro- and anti-government protests has resulted in at least six deaths, including opposition and government supporters. Dozens of people have also been injured and detained, many of whom said they were ill-treated.
The entire world has seen the images of excessive use of force by security forces, including the use of firearms, the violence used in some of the protests, and the attacks perpetrated with impunity by groups of armed civilians close to the government (known as colectivos). Journalists and human rights defenders have been suffered harassment and other abuse. All of these acts constitute human rights violations and must not be tolerated. Continue reading
Anti-government protesters carry a fellow demonstrator who was wounded during clashes with riot police in central Kyiv on February 20, 2014. © SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images
Zoryan Kis, Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International Ukraine, stayed overnight in Kyiv’s central Maydan Square on 19 February, during the deadliest period of the recent EuroMaydan protests. Clashes that erupted on both 19 and 20 February have resulted in the deaths of in excess of 70 protesters and at least 20 police officers.
Ukraine’s EuroMaydan protests started exactly three months ago today. Never before in my lifetime has the country witnessed such a neglect of human rights and dignity, such an appalling inability of the government to listen to its people and such incredible courage of ordinary people standing for their rights.
Late last year, when we were launching our first petition against police brutality and impunity, we could not have imagined the extent of abuses by law enforcement officers we would face in January and February 2014. Continue reading
More than 100 journalists and human rights defenders have been killed or disappeared in recent years in Mexico. © AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo
Death is an occupational hazard for human rights defenders and journalists in Mexico, where more than 100 have been killed or disappeared in recent years. Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, met some of their brave colleagues on his recent visit to the country.
Anabel Hernández, an investigative journalist I met this week in Mexico, is nothing if not courageous.
Her job is to document Mexico’s illicit drug trade and the official corruption that allows it to flourish.
Unsurprisingly, she has made few friends among Mexico’s rich and powerful. What is particularly worrying, however, is the extent and regularity with which she is threatened with extreme violence. Continue reading
Casa del Migrante is a shelter for migrants travelling trough Mexico.
By Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General
The scrublands and desert in Mexico’s northern state of Coahuila are the last stop for Central American migrants before attempting to cross the border into the USA.
By the time they reach Saltillo, Coahuila’s capital, they have made a perilous journey of nearly 2,000 kilometres. Along the way many of these men, women and children suffer assaults, robbery and abduction by criminal gangs. There are also reports of extortion and ill-treatment by police and immigration officials. Tragically, some migrants are killed before they even get this far. Continue reading
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Salil Shetty met relatives of disappeared in Mexico ©Amnesty International.
By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International.
The last day Luisa’s son was seen alive was last year, around midday, as he was getting out of his car in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Three men were seen driving up to him in a white van. They drew their weapons, threw him to the ground, handcuffed his hands behind his back, and bundled him into the vehicle. One of the men took his keys, and they left with both vehicles.
Five months later, Luisa knows nothing more about her son’s fate. Continue reading