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Sri Lankan government amplifies its ‘dirty tactics’ during UN session

19 March 2014

The Sri Lankan government’s ongoing dirty tactics to silence and smear dissidents are a brazen attempt to deflect criticism as the country faces fresh scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Amnesty International said today.

UN: Mexico must address dire human rights situation with concrete actions not rhetoric

19 March 2014

Mexico must put into action the promises it makes to the United Nations Human Rights Council tomorrow if it is to address the dire human rights situation in the country.

Saudi Arabia must back concessions on human rights with action

19 March 2014

Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination. 

 

Cyprus: Abusive detention of migrants and asylum seekers flouts EU law

18 March 2014

Cypriot immigration authorities routinely detain hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers in prison-like conditions for extended periods while awaiting deportation. 

PNG: Video of man mauled by police dogs must be investigated

18 March 2014

Alleged brutality by a Papua New Guinea police dog squad must be investigated. , after a graphic video depicted a seemingly defenceless man being repeatedly attacked.

Yemen: Three years on no justice for Sana’a protest killings

18 March 2014

Yemen’s authorities have manifestly failed to hold a thorough and independent investigation into the deaths of at least 50 peaceful demonstrators and bystanders killed in Sana’a during the 2011 uprising.

Swaziland: Free editor and human rights lawyer jailed after summary proceedings

18 March 2014

Today’s unlawful detention of a respected magazine editor and human rights lawyer for their criticism of the judiciary in Swaziland is another shocking example of the southern African kingdom’s intolerance of freedom of expression.

Sri Lanka: Free prominent human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen

17 March 2014

The arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent human rights defenders is an attempt to silence criticism and divert the spotlight from ongoing abuses, leading global and Asian human rights monitors said today in a joint statement. 

 

Sudan: Half a million civilians forced to flee as violence intensifies in Darfur

14 March 2014

Almost half a million people have been forced from their homes over the last year as violence intensified in war-torn Darfur, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

China: Authorities have "blood on their hands" after activist's death

14 March 2014

The Chinese authorities have "blood on their hands" after the death of a leading campaigner who was repeatedly denied medical treatment.

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