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19 December 2014

South Korea: Ban on political party another sign of shrinking space for freedom of expression

A decision by South Korea's Constitutional Court to dissolve an opposition political party could have chilling consequences for freedom of expression and association in the country, said Amnesty International. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country South Korea
19 December 2014

Iraq: Dire winter conditions expose shocking gaps in humanitarian assistance for thousands displaced

A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
19 December 2014

UN: ‘Virtual stampede’ of states rush to join Arms Trade Treaty

A flurry of activity by UN member states to sign and ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) before it enters into force next week is another clear sign of the overwhelming support for this historic move to rein in the irresponsible international arms trade, Amnesty International said. 

 

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment,
  • United Nations,
  • Arms control and human rights
Region Africa
Country Zimbabwe
19 December 2014

Pakistan: Executions not the answer to combating terrorism

Resuming the death penalty is not the answer to combating terrorism in Pakistan and only perpetuates a cycle of violence, Amnesty International said as two people were executed in the country today for the first time since 2012.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
18 December 2014

International Migrants Day: Rights of migrants under attack across the globe

The rights of migrants are being trampled across the globe, as some of the world’s most vulnerable people face economic exploitation, discrimination and racism in a range of countries, Amnesty International said on International Migrants Day.

Tags
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
18 December 2014

UK: ‘Over-arching inquiry’ into Iraq abuse still needed

Today’s conclusion in London of the Al-Sweady inquiry into allegations that British soldiers mistreated nine Iraqi detainees after a battle near the town of Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq in 2004 underscores the need for wider investigations into  abuses by British armed forces in the country, said Amnesty International. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
18 December 2014

Record number of UN member states back call for global end to executions

A record number of countries today threw their weight behind a key UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty globally, Amnesty International said.

Tags
  • Abolish the death penalty ,
  • Death Penalty
17 December 2014

Pakistan: Resuming executions ‘not the answer’ to Peshawar school tragedy

The Pakistani government must resist giving in to fear and anger in the wake of the Peshawar school tragedy and maintain its moratorium on executions, Amnesty International said today after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to restart executions for terrorism-related offences.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
17 December 2014

USA-Cuba prisoner swap must spur historic human rights change

Today’s prisoner exchange between the USA and Cuba presents the best opportunity in more than half a century to forge an agenda for human rights change amid efforts to normalize relations between the two countries, Amnesty International said. 

Tags
  • Detention,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Fair Trials,
  • Human Rights Standards
Region Americas
Country USA
16 December 2014

India: Authorities must release Irom Sharmila following government decision to decriminalize suicide

Authorities in India must build on the central government’s decision to decriminalize suicide by dropping all charges of attempted suicide against Prisoner of Conscience Irom Sharmila and releasing her immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International India said today.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India

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