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Press Releases

2 September 2014

Gruesome evidence of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq as Islamic State moves to wipe out minorities

Fresh evidence uncovered by Amnesty International indicates that members of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq, carrying out war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions, against ethnic and religious minorities. 

  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Children,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Detention,
  • MENA unrest,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
1 September 2014

Israel must scrap illegal land grab in the West Bank

The Israeli authorities’ outrageous plan to expropriate nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank is illegal and must be rescinded immediately, said Amnesty International. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
30 August 2014

From bad to worse: Looming deadline compounds Egyptian NGOs’ woes

Egypt is tightening its chokehold on civil society, Amnesty International warned, as the country’s independent NGOs face the risk of being shut down if they fail to comply with a compulsory requirement to register by 2 September.

29 August 2014

Syria’s forgotten crisis: Enforced disappearances rife amid UN inaction

Enforced disappearances in Syria are continuing more than half a year after the UN demanded that Syria put an end to this abhorrent practice, Amnesty International said ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Syria
29 August 2014

Japan: Secret execution as authorities ignore calls for reform

The execution of two men in Japan on Friday flies in the face of growing calls in the country to halt the use of capital punishment, said Amnesty International.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Japan
29 August 2014

Nepal: Deliver justice for “disappeared”

The failure of the Nepali authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the disappearance of five men more than a decade ago is symptomatic of their wilful inaction in such cases, Amnesty International said ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Nepal
29 August 2014

Russian NGO branded as “foreign agent” after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

Russia’s official branding of a civil society organization as a “foreign agent”, an expression akin to “spying”, for speaking out on Ukraine is a sign of the country’s determination to suppress any information about its military activities there, Amnesty International said.

Region Europe And Central Asia
26 August 2014

Viet Nam: Police beatings outside court amid crackdown on activism

The Vietnamese authorities must stop attacks on peaceful activists, Amnesty International said today after three human rights defenders were sentenced to jail and police beat and arrested their supporters. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Viet Nam
22 August 2014

China: Death row inmate freed after six years of trials and appeals

The rare acquittal of a death row prisoner in China, who had languished in prison through six years’ of appeals, is another reminder of the need to immediately end all executions and abolish the death penalty in the country, Amnesty International said.

  • Abolish the death penalty ,
  • Death Penalty
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
22 August 2014

‘Public execution’ in football stadium shows Libya’s descent into lawlessness

A shocking video showing an execution-style killing by an armed group at a football stadium in eastern Libya highlights the authorities’ failure to prevent parts of the country from descending into violence and lawlessness, Amnesty International said today. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya

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