News & Updates

Hong Kong: Police response to student pro-democracy protest an alarming sign

27 September 2014

The response by Hong Kong police to pro-democracy demonstrations has renewed fears the authorities will fail to uphold the rights to peaceful assembly and free expression at larger protests planned for next week.

Twelve facts about the abortion ban in El Salvador

25 September 2014

El Salvador has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. Abortion is totally banned in all circumstances and harsh prison sentences befall those accused of terminating a pregnancy. 

El Salvador: Total ban on abortion is killing women and girls and condemning others to decades behind bars

25 September 2014

The government’s repressive and outdated total ban on abortion is blighting the lives of women and girls in El Salvador, pushing them to unsafe, clandestine abortions or forcing them through dangerous pregnancies.

UN: Landmark Arms Trade Treaty to become reality with 50th ratification

25 September 2014

Protection for the millions of people whose lives are devastated by the poorly regulated global arms trade is set to take a giant leap forward, with the historic Arms Trade Treaty expected to surpass the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force.

 

Cambodia: New deal with Australia signs away refugee rights

25 September 2014

A new low in Australia’s deplorable and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers has been reached with a deal to apparently ship refugees to Cambodia, where respect for their human rights cannot be guaranteed, said Amnesty International.

Global Arms Trade Treaty – a beginners’ guide: 50th ratification update

25 September 2014

Amnesty International’s arms expert Brian Wood explains how the uncontrolled flow of arms is ruining millions of lives and how it can be stopped.

EU action against Czech Republic for discrimination in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma

25 September 2014

The European Commission has sent a clear message to the Czech Republic that discrimination against Roma will not be tolerated. 

European companies allowed to reap rewards from deadly conflict mineral trade

24 September 2014

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today.

China: Deplorable life sentence for Uighur academic

23 September 2014

The life sentence handed down by a Chinese court to prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti on charges of “separatism” is an affront to justice.

China’s booming torture trade revealed

23 September 2014

The flourishing manufacture and export of tools of torture by Chinese companies is fuelling human rights violations across Africa and Asia, new research by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation reveals. 

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