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Southern Africa: Leaders must ramp up efforts to stop people with albinism being killed for body parts

MALAWI ALBINISM © Malawi Presidency

Approximately 150 people with albinism have been killed in countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique since 2014 ‘Violent attacks are fuelled by the false and dangerous myth that body parts of people with albinism can make someone rich’ – Deprose Muchena Amnesty International is urging leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ramp up efforts to protect the security of people with albinism, during the 39th meeting of the SADC, which is taking place this week. Approximately 150 people with albinism have been killed in countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique

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DRC: Bosco Ntaganda conviction provides long-awaited justice for victims of 'grotesque' crimes

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Following today’s International Criminal Court conviction of Bosco Ntaganda, former leader of an armed opposition group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, said: “We can only hope that today’s verdict provides some consolation to those affected by the grotesque crimes perpetrated by Ntaganda and paves the way for his victims and their families to finally obtain a measure of justice and reparations. “Every day of the seven years that Ntaganda freely roamed the streets of Goma after the

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Urgent Action: Artisanal miners at risk as the army moves in

10,000 artisanal miners are at risk of serious human rights violations if removed from a mining area where they work.

UA 92/19 issued 28/06/2019

Electric vehicle companies called on to produce 'ethical battery' within five years

One of the crude cobalt mine shafts in the Democratic Republic of Congo © Amnesty International and Afrewatch

Challenge laid down to industry giants at Nordic Electric Vehicle (EV) Summit in Oslo Still no requirement on companies to publicly report on cobalt supply chains, despite use of child miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo ‘Consumers have the right to demand that products marketed as the ethical choice really stand up to scrutiny’ - Kumi Naidoo Amnesty International is today publicly challenging leaders within the electric vehicle industry to make the world’s first completely ethical battery within five years. At the Nordic Electric Vehicle (EV) Summit in Oslo, Amnesty is highlighting how

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Democratic Republic of Congo: authorities must re-open media outlets and end election crackdown

The elections have seen numerous protests and recurrent outbreaks of deadly violence © Private

Internet cut off and radio and TV stations targeted, while election results may be delayed beyond 6 January ‘This attack on freedom of expression and media freedom risks exacerbating an already tense and volatile situation’ - Joan Nyanyuki Following further closures of media outlets and a mounting crackdown on internet and mobile messaging in the wake of recent elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki, said: “The authorities in the DRC must immediately reopen all media outlets and reinstate all

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DRC: UN must investigate disturbing ‘cover-up’ claims over murder of experts

Responding to reports that the United Nations “covered up” information implicating senior Congolese military and security officers in the killing of UN investigators Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp in March 2017, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, said: “These allegations are deeply disturbing. It is beyond belief that the UN may have deliberately buried information that would have been critical for bringing to justice those responsible for the murder of its own investigators. “The suggestions of deliberate cover-up for political expediency must be fully

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Urgent Action: Opposition youth leader still detained one year on

Opposition youth leader Christian Lumu Lukusa has been in arbitrary detention since 22 November 2017.

UA 197/18 issued 23/11/2018

Urgent Action: Activists’ whereabouts unknown after arrest

Activists are being held incommunicado at an unknown location in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

UA 196/18 issued 20/11/2018

Urgent Action update: Human rights activists in the DRC sentenced in unfair trial

Amnesty International believes that the court’s decision against the four human rights activists is baseless.

2nd update on UA 138/18 issued 28/09/2018

Microsoft moves on child labour claims

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Thanks you so much to those of you who emailed Microsoft’s CEO asking him to investigate the use of child labour in parts they source to make their products.

Thanks to you and our supporters around the world Microsoft are beginning to bow to pressure. 

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