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26 November 2014

Media Advisory Morocco/Western Sahara: Authorities must lift restrictions on human rights groups as World Human Rights Forum opens

Restrictions by the Moroccan authorities on human rights organizations including Amnesty International have continued unabated despite the upcoming World Human Rights Forum being organized in Marrakech on 27-30 November. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Morocco
26 November 2014

Pakistan: Blasphemy sentence against private TV channel will have chilling effect on media freedom

The prison sentence for blasphemy handed down today by a court in Pakistan against four people including the owner of a major private TV channel and one of its star actresses will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and the media, Amnesty International said. The organization also noted serious concerns about the fairness of the trial.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
25 November 2014

Campaign targets violence and discrimination against women and girls

Amnesty International supporters worldwide today join the 16 Days against Gender Violence campaign to challenge violence and discrimination against women and girls, including the denial of sexual and reproductive rights. 


  • Activists,
  • Discrimination,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,
  • Women,
  • My Body My Rights
25 November 2014

Amnesty International urges respect for the right to peaceful demonstration in wake of Ferguson decision

Missouri law enforcement personnel must not resort to excessive use of force as protestors take to the streets following the Grand Jury decision not to indict a police officer accused of shooting the teenager Michael Brown, said Amnesty International today.


Region Americas
Country USA
25 November 2014

UAE: Man tortured and jailed after defending imprisoned father on Twitter

The UAE authorities have again shown their intolerance for dissent by handing down a three-year prison sentence and hefty fine today to a 25-year-old man whose only “offence” was taking to social media to call for the release of his imprisoned father, Amnesty International said. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country UAE
24 November 2014

DRC: Belgian mining giant lied over bulldozing homes

A Belgian mining company, Groupe Forrest International, has consistently lied about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and has denied justice to those affected, said Amnesty International today in a new report.  

  • Forced Eviction,
  • Demand Dignity
24 November 2014

UK/Ireland: Landmark 'hooded men' torture case should be re-opened

Allegations that the UK government sanctioned the use of torture and ill-treatment in Northern Ireland in the 1970s should be re-examined by the European Court of Human Rights and subject to a new independent investigation, Amnesty International said today.  

  • Impunity,
  • Stop Torture,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country UK
23 November 2014

Philippines: Five years on, justice for Maguindanao massacre can’t wait

The Philippine authorities are running out of time to ensure that their response to the Maguindanao massacre does not become a mockery of justice, Amnesty International said on the fifth anniversary of what is often called the world’s largest-ever single attack on journalists.

  • Armed Groups,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Impunity,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
21 November 2014

Indonesia: New administration must end the criminalization of beliefs through oppressive blasphemy laws

Indonesian authorities have increasingly made use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals for their beliefs, contributing to an intensifying climate of intolerance in the country, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Indonesia

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