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Miraculous escape from execution for teenage inmate turned lawyer

27 March 2014

The first time Hafez Ibrahim faced a firing squad was in 2005. He was taken to a small yard in a Yemeni prison and brought before a row of officers with rifles in hand. He thought that moment would be his last.

Japan: Retrial of longest-serving death row inmate must not be blocked

27 March 2014

The Japanese courts have at last seen sense and granted a retrial to a prisoner who has spent over four decades on death row. Hakamada Iwao, 78, was sentenced to death in 1968 and is believed to be the longest-serving death row inmate in the world.

UN investigation brings new hope for justice in Sri Lanka

27 March 2014

The Sri Lankan government must end a nationwide crackdown on dissent and cooperate with UN investigators, Amnesty International said today after the UN Human Rights Council established an inquiry into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country.

Turkey: Move to block YouTube ahead of elections points to growing censorship

27 March 2014

The Turkish authorities’ move today to block access to YouTube on the eve of Sunday’s elections, and not long after they restricted access to Twitter, smacks of a wider pre-meditated crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. 

Pakistan: Christian man sentenced to death under blasphemy law

27 March 2014

The Pakistani authorities must immediately release a Christian man sentenced to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws and quash his conviction, Amnesty International said today.

Five death penalty myths debunked

26 March 2014

Does the death penalty deter violent crime and prevent terrorist attacks? is capital punishment used only against people proven guilty of serious crimes? Find out some of the myths debunked. 

China: Fear of cover-up as Cao Shunli’s body goes missing

26 March 2014

Fears of a cover-up by the Chinese authorities grew on Wednesday, after the family of an activist that died in detention were prevented from seeing her body.

CAR: Urgent deployment of EU troops needed to quell fresh violence

26 March 2014

The European Union (EU) must immediately put into action its plans to deploy peacekeeping troops to protect civilians in the Central African Republic amid a worrying new surge in violence, Amnesty International said today. 

 

Russia to detain activist in psychiatric institution after quashing appeal

25 March 2014

Today’s decision by Moscow City Court to uphold the conviction of peaceful protester Mikhail Kosenko is a perversion of justice that will see him detained in a psychiatric institution, potentially indefinitely, to undergo “treatment” he neither needs nor wants, Amnesty International said. 

Colombia: Peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review

25 March 2014

Colombia’s government is failing to address the country’s critical human rights situation said Amnesty International today ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ annual review of the country.

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