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(21/11/2017) Shaping Partnership to Deliver on Human Rights Obligations 21/11/2017 - As European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) leaders meet for the 5th EU-AU Summit on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Amnesty International calls on AU and EU leaders to place human rights at the centre of their discussions. The Summit is proclaimed to be a critical opportunity for leaders of the two continents to respond to the “evolving context and reshape and deepen the Africa-EU partnership.” Several key issues are expected to be on the agenda including security, conflict and peace-building, governance and democracy as well as migration and youth. (17/11/2015) As violence escalates, the EU must do more for Burundi’s Human Rights ... 17/11/2015 - Amnesty International is calling on the EU to boost its political engagement for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society at risk in Burundi, in line with the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. (24/11/2014) Bulldozed: How a mining company buried the truth about forced evictions ... 24/11/2014 - On 24 and 25 November 2009 police in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sent bulldozers into the village of Kawama and ordered the demolition of hundreds of homes. The people of Kawama were given no notice of the demolitions, and there was no legal basis for them. People were left homeless and many lost their livelihoods as a direct consequence. The demolitions constitute forced evictions, which are illegal under international human rights law. (22/10/2014) Forced returns to South and Central Somalia, including to Al-Shabaab ... 22/10/2014 - Amnesty International stated in May 2013 that forced returns to Somalia amount to a violation of international law.1 In October 2014, Amnesty International is gravely concerned about continued attempts by the Dutch government to effect such forced returns. Other states such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK) have also attempted forced returns. Of particular concern is the Dutch government’s position that, under certain circumstances, Somalis can be returned to areas under the control of al-Shabaab,2 an Islamist armed group with links to Al-Qaeda.3 Amnesty International considers it dangerous, irresponsible and in violation of international law for the Minister of Migration in the Netherlands to attempt to return, or compel Somalis to return, to areas under al-Shabaab control in Somalia. (14/04/2014) Public statement: EU Foreign Affairs Council on Central African Republic 14/04/2014 - Ahead of the 14-15 April Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), Amnesty International calls on the European Union (EU) and its member states to act urgently to bring stability to the Central African Republic (CAR). The newly launched EUFOR RCA military operation must be robust and well-resourced in order to immediately assist the existing peacekeeping troops on the ground. EU and international efforts are also necessary to ensure much-needed financial and logistical support reaches the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA). This will be essential for MISCA to live up to its mandate to protect civilians in all parts of the country until the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission deploys following the recent adoption of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2194 (2014). (01/04/2014) Public statement: EU-Africa Summit: Human rights commitments must be ... 01/04/2014 - At today’s European Union (EU)-Africa Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Amnesty International calls on African and EU decision-makers to ensure that human rights underpin all discussions and decisions on all the issues on the agenda aimed at “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.” (12/02/2014) Report: Ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings in the Central African ... 12/02/2014 - “Ethnic cleansing” of Muslims has been carried out in the western part of the Central African Republic, the most populous part of the country, since early January 2014. 1 Entire Muslim communities have been forced to flee, and hundreds of Muslim civilians who have not managed to escape have been killed by the loosely organised militias known as anti-balaka. (19/12/2013) Public statement: "None of us are safe": war crimes and crimes ... 19/12/2013 - An Amnesty International delegation has just returned from a two-week mission to Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) and documented serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross violations of human rights following the 5 December attack in Bangui and its aftermath, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. The commission of these crimes should be of great concern to the international community as a whole. All states have an obligation to investigate and, where enough admissible evidence is gathered, prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity.