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Saudi Arabia: Doctors find Raif Badawi unfit for flogging on health grounds second week in a row

22 January 2015

The planned flogging of Raif Badawi is likely to be suspended this Friday after a medical committee assessed that he should not undergo a second round of lashes on health grounds.

El Salvador: Pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage, a triumph of justice

22 January 2015

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges.

Eastern Ukraine: Deadly attack on Donetsk trolleybus as ceasefire unravels

22 January 2015

A mortar strike on a trolleybus that killed at least eight and possibly as many as 15 civilians in pro-Russian separatist controlled Donetsk this morning is likely to be a violation of international humanitarian law and must be investigated promptly and impartially.

Egypt: Token reforms fail to end scourge of pervasive violence against women

21 January 2015

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody. 

Cambodia: Free women protesters and Buddhist monk jailed after summary trials

21 January 2015

Ten women housing rights defenders and a Buddhist monk, all jailed after short summary trials and some suffering from serious health issues, must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty international said ahead of their appeal hearing tomorrow, 22 January. 

El Salvador must reverse “terrible injustice” and free woman imprisoned for having a miscarriage

21 January 2015

El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly must vote today to overturn horrifying injustice and pardon a woman imprisoned for 30 years after having a miscarriage. 

Europe: Complicit governments must act in wake of US Senate torture report

20 January 2015

European governments that cooperated with the CIA’s secret detention, interrogation, and torture operations as part of the USA’s global “war on terror” must act urgently to bring those responsible to justice following a US Senate report.

Greece: Farmakonisi migrant tragedy - one year on and still no justice for victims

20 January 2015

The Greek authorities’ failure to adequately investigate the deaths of 11 Afghans who drowned at sea shows a blatant disregard for justice for the victims and their families and exemplifies their hard-line approach towards asylum and migration. 

Guatemala: Conviction of ex-police chief finally brings justice for 1980 Spanish embassy attack

20 January 2015

The families of 37 people burned to death in an attack on the Spanish embassy in Guatemala City in 1980 finally have some relief as justice has caught up to a former high-ranking police officer for his role in the crimes.

Myanmar: Freedom for all prisoners of conscience must follow activist’s release

20 January 2015

The release of peaceful activist Dr Tun Aung, jailed simply for trying to prevent communal violence, is a positive step, but authorities in Myanmar should also free the dozens of other prisoners of conscience still behind bars

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