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Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’

21 July 2014

The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign agents”, a further sign of the authorities’ growing stranglehold on freedom of expression.

Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations

21 July 2014

The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling of a hospital, add to the list of possible war crimes that demand an urgent independent international investigation, said Amnesty International. 

Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated

18 July 2014

The death of nearly 300 people on board a Malaysian Airlines civilian passenger jet, which came down yesterday in an area of intense conflict in eastern Ukraine, must be immediately, impartially and effectively investigated.

UK hearing on mass government surveillance wraps up after 'farcical' week

18 July 2014

Today's closure of a week-long hearing into allegations that the UK government has been illegally intercepting millions of communications, including those of Amnesty International, concludes an exercise that often descended into pure farce, the organization said.

Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community

18 July 2014

The decision by a World Bank inspection panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a World Bank project in Lagos shows a complete disregard for its responsibilities, Amnesty International said today.

Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault

18 July 2014

Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip, which began last night after 10 days of attacks by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups, accentuates the need for urgent international action to protect civilians in Gaza and Israel from further war crimes by both sides, Amnesty International said today. 

Massive leap backwards as Singapore resumes executions

18 July 2014

Singapore has taken a reprehensible U-turn by executing the first two prisoners since 2011, Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) said today.

UN: South Sudan arms embargo crucial after massive Chinese weapons transfer

17 July 2014

The United Nations Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan, Amnesty International urged after receiving reports of Chinese small arms and ammunition proliferation amongst both sides in the conflict. 

USA: Prisoners held in extreme solitary confinement in breach of international law

16 July 2014

The US government’s dehumanising practice of holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in the country’s only federal super-maximum security prison amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and is in violation of international law. 

Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

16 July 2014

A woman from Finland who came out as transgender during her marriage should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status.

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