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Ten things you should know about the USA’s brutal isolation chambers

4 October 2014

The USA stands virtually alone in the world when it comes to incarcerating thousands of prisoners in long term or indefinite solitary confinement. Here are some things you should know about one of the USA’s most widespread and cruel practices. 

Entombed: Life in the USA’s cruel isolation chambers

4 October 2014

When 71-year-old Herman Wallace died shortly after being released from more than four decades in isolation in a Louisiana prison, a year ago today, the extent of the system’s inhumanity was brought to light once again.

Hong Kong: Women and girls attacked as police fail to protect peaceful protesters

3 October 2014

Hong Kong’s police failed in their duty to protect hundreds of peaceful pro-democracy protesters from attacks by counter demonstrators on Friday evening, Amnesty International said. 

Bahrain: Release activist detained for ‘insulting’ government on Twitter

2 October 2014

The Bahraini authorities must immediately release a prominent human rights activist who has been detained for posting tweets deemed insulting to the country’s Ministry of Interior.

Russia: “Speak out for Freedom” – show of solidarity against repression

2 October 2014

Amnesty International is launching a Week of Action, from 6 to 12 October 2014, to show solidarity with independent voices in Russia who speak out against the pernicious creep of repression in the country.

China: Release supporters of Hong Kong protests

1 October 2014

The Chinese authorities must release all those detained for peacefully showing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Ukraine: Forces must stop firing on civilians after nine killed in Donetsk

1 October 2014

Ukrainian and rebel forces must immediately end indiscriminate attacks in residential areas, Amnesty International said after at least nine civilians were killed in strikes on a school and a bus in Donetsk.

The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way

30 September 2014

A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report highlights how the shameful inaction of EU countries has contributed to the deaths of thousands.  

Search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean: Facts and Figures

30 September 2014

Fiji: Investigate military’s alleged beating of 60-year-old man over texts to Prime Minister

30 September 2014

Fiji authorities must urgently investigate allegations that a man was severely beaten by army officers after he had sent a series of angry text messages to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Amnesty International said. 

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