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Press Releases

3 July 2014

Zambia: Court acquits two men accused of having sex ‘against the order of nature’

Today’s court decision to acquit two Zambian men accused of having consensual sex with each other because the case had not been proved beyond reasonable doubt is the right decision for the wrong reasons, Amnesty International said today.

Region Africa
Country Zambia
2 July 2014

Hong Kong: Mass arrests a disturbing sign for peaceful protest

The Hong Kong authorities must release all those detained solely for peacefully protesting in pro-democracy demonstrations, said Amnesty International, after more than 500 people were arrested by police on Wednesday.

2 July 2014

Iraq: Kurdish authorities must not block passage of civilians fleeing fighting

Thousands of exhausted Iraqi civilians fleeing the conflict in north-west Iraq are stranded at checkpoints separating the autonomous Kurdish provinces controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the rest of Iraq, said Amnesty International today.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
1 July 2014

Families ripped apart as Palestinian refugees from Syria denied entry to Lebanon

Palestinian refugees from Syria - including pregnant women, children and women with infants – have been denied entry into Lebanon due to tightened border restrictions, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. 

1 July 2014

European Court ruling on full-face veils punishes women for expressing their beliefs

Today’s European Court of Human Rights judgment upholding a general ban on wearing full-face veils in public sends a message that women are not free to express their religious beliefs in public

  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country France
1 July 2014

UAE: Government critics languish in prison a year after mass show trial

Nine peaceful government critics are believed to be suffering ill-treatment in an Abu Dhabi prison a year after a grossly unfair trial led to their incarceration, Amnesty International said as it called for their immediate and unconditional release. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country UAE
1 July 2014

AU Summit decision a backward step for international justice

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights, Amnesty International said.

Country Africa
1 July 2014

Iraq: Yezidis captured by ISIS amid mounting sectarian attacks

Amnesty International has spoken to recently released detainees from the Yezidi community who were captured by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq, as well as to family members of those still held by the group. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
1 July 2014

Israel: Collective punishment will not bring the justice that murdered teens deserve

The murder of three abducted Israeli teens deserves justice, something ill-served by the Israeli authorities’ actions overnight and their ongoing practices that amount to collective punishment of Palestinians in the West Bank, which are blatant violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, Amnesty International said.

Region Middle East And North Africa
30 June 2014

Senior Director for Fundraising and Growth announced by Amnesty International

Julie Verhaar has been appointed Senior Director for Fundraising and Growth at Amnesty International, the human rights organization’s International Secretariat announced today. 

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