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Japan: Secret execution as authorities ignore calls for reform

29 August 2014

The execution of two men in Japan on Friday flies in the face of growing calls in the country to halt the use of capital punishment, said Amnesty International.

Ahmad Seif el-Islam Hamad: Egypt loses a tireless champion of human rights

29 August 2014

The death of Ahmad Seif el-Islam Hamad robs the Egyptian human rights movement of one of its ablest defenders in its hour of greatest need.

Russian NGO branded as 'foreign agent' after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

29 August 2014

Russia’s official branding of a civil society organization as a “foreign agent”, an expression akin to “spying”, for speaking out on Ukraine is a sign of the country’s determination to suppress any information about its military activities there.

Viet Nam: Police beatings outside court amid crackdown on activism

26 August 2014

The Vietnamese authorities must stop attacks on peaceful activists, Amnesty International said after three human rights defenders were sentenced to jail and police beat and arrested their supporters. 

‘Public execution’ in football stadium shows Libya’s descent into lawlessness

22 August 2014

A shocking video showing an execution-style killing by an armed group at a football stadium in eastern Libya highlights the authorities’ failure to prevent parts of the country descending into lawlessness.

China: Death row inmate freed after six years of trials and appeals

22 August 2014

The rare acquittal of a death row prisoner in China, who had languished in prison through six years’ of appeals, is another reminder of the need to immediately end all executions and abolish the death penalty in the country.

Saudi Arabia: Scheduled beheading reflects authorities’ callous disregard to human rights

22 August 2014

The current surge in executions in Saudi Arabia is continuing unabated with another beheading scheduled for Monday 25 August, said Amnesty International today.

Gaza: Hamas must end summary executions as ‘informers’ face firing squad

22 August 2014

At least 18 more Palestinians are put to death by firing squad for allegedly providing information to Israel.

Mali: Children paying a high price in ongoing conflict

21 August 2014

Children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue.

Exploited in the southern sun

21 August 2014

After fleeing their homes and surviving a perilous Mediterranean crossing, African migrants in Italy are falling prey to labor gangs.

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