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Haiti: Five years after devastating earthquake tens of thousands still homeless and desperate

8 January 2015

Five years on from a devastating earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people remain homeless as government policy failures, forced evictions and short-term solutions have failed many who lost everything in the disaster.


Saudi Arabia to commence public flogging of activist sentenced to 1,000 lashes

8 January 2015

Amnesty International has learned that the imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi will be flogged in public after Friday prayers tomorrow in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. 

Bangladesh must investigate deaths and release prisoners held in opposition crackdown

8 January 2015

Bangladeshi authorities must investigate the killing of protesters and release prisoners arrested this week as part of an apparent crackdown against the opposition Bangladesh National Party.

Cuba: Prisoner releases must lead to new environment for freedoms

8 January 2015

The release of at least nine jailed opposition activists by the Cuban authorities since last night is a positive step which should be followed by a new human rights agenda on the island, Amnesty International said. 

Nigeria: Long-awaited victory as Shell finally pays out £55 million over Niger Delta oil spills

7 January 2015

Oil giant Shell’s long-overdue compensation pay out to a community devastated by oil spills in the Niger Delta is an important victory for the victims of corporate negligence.

France: ‘Dark day for freedom of expression’ as gunmen attack satirical newspaper

7 January 2015

The deadly attack by gunmen on the Paris office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo is a chilling assault on freedom of expression.  

Uganda/CAR: Dominic Ongwen must face trial for crimes against humanity

7 January 2015

Following reports that Dominic Ongwen has surrendered to US forces, Amnesty International is calling for his immediate transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face trial.   

Sri Lanka: Death threats against activists highlight risk of violence around elections

7 January 2015

Sri Lankan authorities must hold to account those who threatened three prominent activists with death today and ensure that tomorrow’s presidential elections passes without further violence.

Tunisia: Blogger jailed by military court should be released

6 January 2015

The decision by a military court to continue the detention of Tunisian blogger Yassine Ayari is a gross violation of the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International as his re-trial started today. 

Egypt: Retrial of Al Jazeera journalists must pave way to their unconditional freedom

1 January 2015

An Egyptian court’s call for a retrial of three jailed Al Jazeera journalists acknowledges major flaws in the original convictions but leaves the men in unjust incarceration.


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