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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

Bahrain: Six month sentence for Nabeel Rajab blow to freedom of expression

20 January 2015

The Bahraini authorities must quash the conviction of prominent human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, who has today been sentenced to six months in prison for posting comments online which were considered insulting to the Ministries of Interior and Defence. 

Macedonia: Same-sex marriage ban will entrench discrimination

20 January 2015

The Macedonian Parliament’s approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will further entrench discrimination in the country, Amnesty International said today. 

Gambia: Charge or release family members of alleged failed coup plotters

20 January 2015

Gambian authorities should either charge or release family members of people suspected to be involved in December’s alleged failed coup, and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Amnesty International said today.

Russia: Law on ‘undesirable organizations’ will further tighten the noose on dissent

20 January 2015

A draft Russian law banning “undesirable foreign organizations” is another troubling sign of the authorities’ vigorous measures to restrict any public space for criticism, Amnesty International said today after the Duma (Parliament) passed it on a first reading. 

Tunisia: Blogger sentenced to one year in jail for criticizing army

20 January 2015

Yassine Ayari, a blogger in Tunisia, has been sentenced to one year in jail by a military court today Amnesty International can confirm.

Australian and PNG authorities must respect asylum seekers’ right to protest

19 January 2015

Amnesty International is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to protect the rights and welfare of asylum seekers currently protesting their detention in the Manus Island Detention Centre. 

 

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