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Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit Nigeria

Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit NigeriaAmnesty International on Thursday urged Nigeria to act on claims soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps for people displaced by Boko Haram but the government said the rights monitor was repeating false accusations. Amnesty said it had gathered multiple testimonies about alleged abuse by the security forces, including claimed that soldiers coerced vulnerable survivors into having sex in exchange for food. In November 2016, police vowed to look into allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation in the camps but several months later, the military rejected the allegations.



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Colin Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International's Highest Honor For Activism

Colin Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International's Highest Honor For ActivismAmnesty International on Saturday named former San Francisco 49ers quarterback



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Australian amnesty nets 57,000 firearms and rocket launcher

Australian amnesty nets 57,000 firearms and rocket launcherCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 57,000 illegal firearms including a rocket launcher and machine guns were handed in during a recent Australian amnesty in which gun owners could surrender such weapons without penalty.



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Rocket Launcher and Machine Guns Among 57,000 Firearms Surrendered in Australian Amnesty

Rocket Launcher and Machine Guns Among 57,000 Firearms Surrendered in Australian AmnestyWeapons including a rocket launcher and machine guns were handed in with no penalty



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Amnesty condemns 'forced' returns of Afghan asylum seekers

Amnesty condemns 'forced' returns of Afghan asylum seekersA surge of failed Afghan asylum seekers “forcibly” returned from Europe are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan, Amnesty International said Thursday. Almost 9,500 Afghans went back to their homeland in 2016 after their applications for asylum in Europe were rejected, compared with nearly 3,300 a year earlier, the human rights group said. The figure covers asylum seekers who were detained and then deported from European countries, and those who “ostensibly voluntarily” returned with financial assistance, Amnesty said.



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Boko Haram suspects killed, tortured in Cameroon custody: Amnesty Cameroun: Amnesty accuse les forces de sécurité de torture entraînant la mort

Boko Haram suspects killed, tortured in Cameroon custody: Amnesty</p>
<p>Cameroun: Amnesty accuse les forces de sécurité de torture entraînant la mortDozens of Boko Haram suspects have died in Cameroon custody, rights group Amnesty International said Thursday, with security forces brutally torturing them in the fight against the jihadist group. The NGO said it had found 101 people who said they were held in secret and tortured by the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) and the General Directorate of External Research (DGRE), Cameroon’s intelligence services, between March 2013 and March 2017.



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Iraq and allies violated international law in Mosul battle: Amnesty

Iraq and allies violated international law in Mosul battle: AmnestyBy Stephen Kalin ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Amnesty International said on Tuesday tactics used by Iraqi forces and their U.S.-led coalition allies in the battle for Mosul violated international humanitarian law and might amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report the Islamic State militant group had also flagrantly violated humanitarian law by deliberately putting civilians in harm’s way to shield their fighters and impede the advance of Iraqi and coalition forces. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul on Monday, three years after Islamic State seized the city and made it the stronghold of a “caliphate” the Sunni Islamist group said would take over the world.



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Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stabilityBy Michael Georgy AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) – A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group’s low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for Islamic State over the past three years and a symbol of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Senior SDF figures predict Raqqa could fall within months.



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Australia to hold first nationwide gun amnesty in 21 years

Australia to hold first nationwide gun amnesty in 21 yearsCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty from next month as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons, a federal minister said Friday.



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Amnesty bemoans cost of Gulf crisis on human rights

Amnesty bemoans cost of Gulf crisis on human rightsAmnesty International warned Saturday of the “heartbreak and fear” being suffered by potentially thousands of ordinary individuals because of the political dispute in the Gulf that has isolated Qatar. “Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are toying with the lives of thousands of Gulf residents as part of their dispute with Qatar, splitting up families and destroying people’s livelihoods and education,” the London-based human rights watchdog said. On Monday, the three countries, along with Egypt and other Arab allies, cut diplomatic and transport links with Qatar over its alleged support for extremism, a charge Doha denies.



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