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Dangerously disproportionate: The ever-expanding national security state in Europe.

17 januari 2017

Hundreds of people were killed and wounded in a spate of violent attacks in European Union (EU) states between January 2015 and December 2016. They were shot by armed men, blown up in suicide bomb attacks and deliberately run over as they walked in the street. These callous crimes did not just target individuals; they were also attacks on societies, on how people live and what people think.

Living in Limbo: Benin's last death row prisoners

16 januari 2017

In the last three decades the West African country of Benin has made significant progress on the abolition of the death penalty. The last known execution in Benin was carried out in 1987, and the last death sentence was imposed in 2010. In 2012 the country acceded to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at abolishing the death penalty (ICCPR-OP2). The treaty commits Benin not to carry out executions and to take all necessary measures to abolish the death penalty within its jurisdiction. Benin has fulfilled its obligation, under the treaty, not to carry out executions.

The long wait for justice: Accountability in Central African Republic

11 januari 2017

Impunity in Central African Republic (CAR) not only denies justice to thousands of victims of human rights violations and abuses, it also continues to fuel instability and conflict. This is why CAR’s political leaders, including newly elected President Faustin-Archange Touadera, and the international community have repeatedly promised measures to ensure accountability for crimes committed during years of conflict.

USA: Broken promises - Failure to close Guantánamo is part of a deeper human rights deficit

11 januari 2017

On 10 January 2017, there were still 55 detainees at Guantánamo. Two had been held there since 11 January 2002, more than half of them were taken there in the first year of detention operations, and 51 had been held at the base for over a decade. At least 26 were held in
secret US custody – some for years – prior to being transferred to the naval base. Forty-five of the 55 are detained without charge or trial. The other 10 have either faced or are facing unfair trial proceedings by military commission.

Iraq: Turning a blind eye: The arming of the popular mobilization units

5 januari 2017

Proliferation of arms and ammunition to armed groups and militias across Iraq has had devastating impacts on civilians. It has contributed to a catalogue of gross and systematic human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, and dragged the country into a spiral of insecurity and instability.

"As good as dead" - The impact of blasphemy laws in Pakistan

21 december 2016

This report details how Pakistan’s blasphemy laws violate human rights, both in their substance and their application – whether this is violations of human rights by the state, or abuses of the laws by non-state actors. The laws do not meet human rights standards and lack essential safeguards to minimise the risk of additional violations and abuses.

"We are at breaking point"- Rohingya: Persecuted in Myanmar, neglected in Bangladesh

19 december 2016

In the pre-dawn hours of 9 October 2016, several hundred men attacked three border police posts in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. Nine police officers were killed and weapons and ammunition were seized. In the past two months, the government has repeatedly insisted that their security operations are aimed at apprehending “violent attackers” and are being conducted “in accordance with the law”. However, the evidence presented in this report suggests that security forces in their response to the 9 October attacks, have perpetrated widespread and systematic human rights violations against the group including by deliberately targeting the civilian populations with little, or no, regard for their connection to militants.

Crimea in the dark: silencing of dissent

15 december 2016

In the two and a half years that have passed since the occupation and annexation of Crimea by Russia in violation of international law, in February-March 2014, the peninsula has changed beyond recognition. In violation of international humanitarian law, Russia has fully incorporated the peninsula into the Federation and imported its legislation wholesale, including its more repressive elements.

Ethiopia: Offline evidence of social media blocking and internet censorship in Ethiopia

14 december 2016

Waves of protests against the government have taken place across various parts of Ethiopia since November 2015. These protests have consistently been quashed by Ethiopian security forces using excessive, sometimes lethal, force,which led to scores of injuries and deaths. The crackdown on protests was accompanied by increasingly severe restrictions on access to information and communications in large parts of the country by cutting off internet access, slowing down connections and blocking social media websites.

New name, old system? Qatar’s new employment law and abuse of migrant workers

12 december 2016

On 13 December 2016, Qatar’s notorious 2009 sponsorship law, widely identified as a key driver of the abuse of migrant workers, will be no more. This briefing examines whether its replacement, Law No. 21 of 2015 on the Entry, Exit and Residency of Foreign Nationals, will make any significant improvement to the lives of workers in the country.

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