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Bangladesh: Disturbing increase in disappearances, clampdown on press freedom

2 September 2014

Bangladeshi authorities must immediately tackle a disturbing rise in enforced disappearances over the past two years, stop the use of torture, and end their increasing crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing. 

Israel must scrap illegal land grab in the West Bank

1 September 2014

The Israeli authorities’ outrageous plan to expropriate nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank is illegal and must be rescinded immediately, said Amnesty International.

From bad to worse: Looming deadline compounds Egyptian NGOs’ woes

31 August 2014

Egypt is tightening its chokehold on civil society as the country’s independent NGOs face the risk of being shut down if they fail to comply with a compulsory requirement to register by 2 September.

Disappearances in Syria: The ghosts of the war

29 August 2014

Peaceful activist Mohamed Bachir Arab has been held in secret since he was arrested by the Syrian intelligence forces on 2 November 2011. He is one of Syria's many "disappeared". 

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.

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