Press releases

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Nine peaceful government critics are believed to be suffering ill-treatment in an Abu Dhabi prison a year after a grossly unfair trial led to their incarceration, Amnesty International said as it called for their immediate and unconditional release. 

Tuesday 1 July 2014

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Amnesty International has spoken to recently released detainees from the Yezidi community who were captured by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq, as well as to family members of those still held by the group. 

Tuesday 1 July 2014

The murder of three abducted Israeli teens deserves justice, something ill-served by the Israeli authorities’ actions overnight and their ongoing practices that amount to collective punishment of Palestinians in the West Bank, which are blatant violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, Amnesty International said.

Monday 30 June 2014

Julie Verhaar has been appointed Senior Director for Fundraising and Growth at Amnesty International, the human rights organization’s International Secretariat announced today. 

Monday 30 June 2014

The early release of Do Thi Minh Hanh, a woman labour activist and prisoner of conscience, in Viet Nam is a positive step but authorities must now follow up and release the scores of other peaceful activists still behind bars, Amnesty International said.

Friday 27 June 2014

The Fijian authorities must immediately end the harassment of journalists ahead of the parliamentary elections in September, said Amnesty International. 

Friday 27 June 2014

Amnesty International has gathered evidence pointing to a pattern of extrajudicial executions of detainees by government forces and Shi’a militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal ‘Afar, Mosul and Ba’quba.

Friday 27 June 2014

The closure of an Ahmadiyya place of worship by local authorities in West Java is a disturbing and arbitrary move, and just the latest example of ongoing repression of religious minorities in Indonesia, Amnesty International said.

Friday 27 June 2014

By upholding a draconian requirement for three more independent organizations to register as “foreign agents”, a Moscow court is rubber stamping the authorities’ witch hunt against peaceful human rights defenders

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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.