Press releases

Monday 26 October 2009

Russian and Kabardino-Balkarian authorities must find and bring to
justice those responsible for the murder of Maksharip Aushev, a leading
civil society activist from Ingushetia

Monday 26 October 2009

Today’s decision by the Special Court for Sierra Leone to uphold the
convictions  of three former senior leaders of the Revolutionary United
Front (RUF) is a positive step in the fight against impunity for the
worst crimes committed during the country’s eleven-year civil war

Friday 23 October 2009

Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to allow Turkish
citizens of Kurdish origin to return without fear of harassment and
discrimination as refugees begin to leave the Mahmur camp in northern

Thursday 22 October 2009

Amnesty International today revealed that Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has issued an invitation to Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to visit Nigeria even though President al Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Many migrant workers in South Korea are beaten, trafficked for sexual exploitation and denied their wages for long periods despite the introduction of rules to protect their rights, said Amnesty International in a report issued today. 

In the 98-page report, Disposable Labour: Rights of migrants workers in South Korea, Amnesty International documented how migrant workers often work with heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals without sufficient training or protective equipment and are at greater risk of industrial accidents, including fatalities, and receive less pay compared to South Korean workers. 

“Migrant workers are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation largely because they cannot change jobs without their employer’s permission,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Programme Director. “Work conditions are sometimes so bad that they run away and consequently, lose their regular status and are then subject to arrest and deportation.”

Monday 19 October 2009

A law in Uruguay that has allowed the police and military to get away with torture and murder should be annulled, Amnesty International said today, as the country prepares to vote in a referendum on the future of the law.

Sunday 18 October 2009

The invaluable work carried out by human rights defenders in Colombia must be respected by all the parties to the armed conflict, Amnesty International said following yesterday’s attempt on the life of human rights activist Islena Rey in Puerto Rico Municipality in Meta Department.

Friday 16 October 2009

Amnesty International today criticised the Paraguayan Congress for rejecting a draft bill that would have returned ancestral land to the Yakye Axa indigenous community, leaving at least 90 families homeless.

Friday 16 October 2009

Amnesty International today expressed dismay at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s invitation to Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to attend the special African Union summit on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa, scheduled to begin on Monday, 19 October 2009 in Kampala. 

Friday 16 October 2009

The government of Pakistan must urgently prepare for a displacement crisis as civilians flee South Waziristan ahead of an expected military assault, Amnesty International said.

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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.