News & Updates

Iran urged to release journalist jailed for political activism

4 March 2010

Hengameh Shahidi began a six-year sentence last week, for charges relating to her political work in the wake of last year's disputed presidential election.

Philippine journalist recounts escape from massacre

3 March 2010

Journalist Aquiles Zonio, one of only three survivors of the Maguindanao massacre, tells of his narrow escape and the continuing climate of fear in the region.

Russia urged to investigate attack on human rights activist

2 March 2010

Vadim Karastelev, who has been campaigning for police reform and against corruption, was severely beaten by two men outside his home in Novorossisk.

Cuban human rights activist in maximum security prison must be released

26 February 2010

Amnesty International has adopted its 55th prisoner of conscience in Cuba and urged President Raúl Castro to release him immediately and unconditionally.

Homophobic law to enter into force in Lithuania

26 February 2010

A new law restricting the distribution of public information relating to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people enters into force next week.

World is 'winning' battle against death penalty despite setbacks

25 February 2010

Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.

South Korea death penalty abolition set back by Constitutional Court ruling

25 February 2010

In a five to four ruling, the Court stated that capital punishment did not violate "human dignity and worth" protected in the Constitution.

Violence and xenophobia on the rise in Côte d'Ivoire election campaign

25 February 2010

Unrest across the country is linked to calls from supporters of President Gbagbo, for tens of thousands of "foreigners" to be excluded from the electoral roll.

Concern at proposals for the European Court of Human Rights to charge fees

24 February 2010

At a Council of Europe meeting last week, member states voiced support for proposals that individuals should pay to file an application with the Court.

Death of Cuban prisoner of conscience on hunger strike must herald change

24 February 2010

Amnesty International has urged President Raúl Castro to release all prisoners of conscience after Orlando Zapata Tamayo died in Havana on Monday.

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