Press releases

Monday 26 January 2015

One year ago this week, the revelation that Philippine police in Laguna had used a “wheel of torture” to decide how to torture detainees shocked the world. But despite the global headlines, one year later no one has been held to account – a sad indictment of the police’s casual attitude towards torture and the almost complete impunity that surrounds it. 

Monday 26 January 2015

The health of a prisoner of conscience on hunger strike in Oman has deteriorated seriously, Amnesty International warned ahead of his imminent transfer to the capital Muscat for a court hearing.

Sunday 25 January 2015

A failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis said Amnesty International with reports of two large scale attacks in Nigeria on the major north-eastern city of Maiduguri as well as the nearby town of Monguno.

Friday 23 January 2015

As President Francois Hollande prepares to speak at Davos in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Amnesty International warns that new proposed counter-terrorism laws risk violating the freedom of expression and other human rights. 

Friday 23 January 2015

Refugees, migrants and their small businesses continue to be the targets of attacks resulting from failed policing across the country, Amnesty International said today. 

Thursday 22 January 2015

The planned flogging of Raif Badawi will be suspended this Friday after a medical committee assessed that he should not undergo a second round of lashes on health grounds. 

 

Thursday 22 January 2015

The African Union (AU) should immediately publish the report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, said Amnesty International, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights), and the South Sudan Law Society. 

Thursday 22 January 2015

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges, said Amnesty International. 

Thursday 22 January 2015

A mortar strike on a trolleybus that killed at least eight and possibly as many as 15 civilians in pro-Russian separatist controlled Donetsk this morning is likely to be a violation of international humanitarian law and must be investigated promptly and impartially, Amnesty International said. 

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International. 

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Brazil: Police ‘still have blood on their hands’ 20 years on from massacre

24 July 2013

Every year police in Brazil are responsible for around 2,000 deaths, Amnesty International said today as it marked the 20th anniversary of the infamous Candelária massacre in Rio de Janeiro.