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Press Releases

19 December 2014

Ireland: Transgender people ‘short-changed’ by new bill

Ireland must allow transgender people to have their gender legally recognized in a quick, transparent and accessible manner, Amnesty International said after the country’s Gender Recognition Bill was published today.

  • Discrimination,
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,
  • My Body My Rights
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Ireland
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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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
16 December 2014

Pakistan: Sickening Taliban school attack highlights vulnerability of civilians

Today’s Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area, Amnesty International said.  

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
16 December 2014

Iran: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution

The Iranian authorities’ threat to expedite the execution of 10 men on death row in retaliation for going on hunger strike is deplorable, said Amnesty International as it called for the death sentences to be commuted immediately. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran
15 December 2014

South Korea: Stop tear gas supply or risk fuelling repression in Turkey

The South Korean authorities must immediately stop the planned shipment of massive amounts of tear gas to Turkey, where the security forces have frequently abused riot control equipment amid repression of peaceful protests, Amnesty International said. 

  • Business And Human Rights,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment,
  • Arms control and human rights
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey

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