Press releases

Saturday 22 February 2014

The legacy of the Sochi Olympics will be tainted by the numerous human rights violations in the run-up and during the Games, as well as the failure of the International Olympic Committee to confront the Russian authorities over the arrests and beatings that marred this prestigious sporting event

Saturday 22 February 2014

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimous vote to adopt a resolution addressing humanitarian aid and human rights abuses in Syria is a significant step towards alleviating the suffering in Syria, said Amnesty International. 

Friday 21 February 2014

President Museveni must act within 3 days to veto or amend the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament in order to prevent a draconian and damaging piece of legislation coming into force, Amnesty International said today.

Friday 21 February 2014

In Bangui, Amnesty International representatives have today met with CAR’s President to highlight concerns on the growing crisis. 

Friday 21 February 2014

Today’s guilty verdict against defendants in the Bolotnaya Square protest trial is a hideous injustice

Friday 21 February 2014

The Zambian authorities must end the persecution of individuals based on their perceived sexual orientation, Amnesty International said as the trial of two Zambian men accused of having sex “against the order of nature” is set to conclude on Tuesday, 25 February. 

Friday 21 February 2014

The Spanish government must withdraw a proposed bill aimed at limiting women and girls’ access to safe and legal abortion services, Amnesty International said in a letter sent to the country’s Minister of Justice. 

Friday 21 February 2014

The decision of a Haitian court to allow investigations to continue into crimes against humanity committed during the rule of “president-for-life” Jean-Claude Duvalier is a major boost for the victims in their long quest for truth and justice, Amnesty International said.

Friday 21 February 2014

The Myanmar parliament will reportedly only made token and insignificant changes to a draconian anti-protest law, raising serious questions about the authorities’ commitment to human rights reforms, Amnesty International said.

Friday 21 February 2014

A year after bulldozers razed the homes of 9,000 people in a community meant to benefit from a World Bank funded project in Lagos, the state government and the World Bank are failing miserably to live up to their promise to adequately compensate and resettle them, Amnesty International said. 

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Feature Article

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.