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5 June 2014

Northern Ireland: Those who condoned or authorized use of torture must be held accountable

Allegations aired last night in a documentary by Irish state broadcaster RTÉ that the UK Government sanctioned the use of torture in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, and failed to disclose relevant evidence to the European Court of Human Rights, underline the failure to deliver a comprehensive mechanism to deal with the past, said Amnesty International.


  • Stop Torture,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country UK
5 June 2014

Peru: Five years on from Bagua violence and still no justice for victims

The Peruvian authorities must ensure that all those suspected of criminal responsibility in the tragic events in Bagua are brought to justice, said Amnesty International today on the fifth anniversary of the violence which left 33 people dead.

Region Americas
Country Peru
5 June 2014

Ireland: ‘Tuam babies’ mass grave allegations must spark urgent investigation

Disturbing revelations about an unmarked “mass grave” of up to 800 babies and children found in Tuam, a town in the west of Ireland, must prompt urgent answers from the Irish Government about the wider issue of past child abuse in religious-run institutions, said Amnesty International today. 


  • Children,
  • Impunity
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Ireland
5 June 2014

Brazil: Dangerous brew of police abuses and impunity threatens to mar World Cup

Protesters taking to the streets across Brazil during the upcoming World Cup risk facing indiscriminate police and military violence as the country steps up efforts to control demonstrations, Amnesty International said a week before the start of the tournament.

  • Activists
Region Americas
Country Brazil
4 June 2014

Egypt’s plan for mass surveillance of social media an attack on internet privacy and freedom of expression

A call for tenders to introduce a new system to carry out indiscriminate mass surveillance of social media in Egypt would deal a devastating blow to the rights to privacy and freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
4 June 2014

Adding injustice to injury: One year after the Gezi Park protests

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty launches damning report

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey
3 June 2014

Russia’s onslaught on protest

The right to protest is in danger of being lost in Russia as the clamp down on government critics and dissenting voices has intensified in recent months

Region Europe And Central Asia
3 June 2014

UN: Final push will bring landmark Arms Trade Treaty into force

Rapid progress has been made in the year since the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened for signature at the United Nations in New York, and a surge of further ratifications will soon activate the treaty this year, helping to save millions of lives and protect human rights, Amnesty International said as it marks the anniversary of the treaty signing on 3 June. 

  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • United Nations,
  • Arms control and human rights
3 June 2014

Tiananmen crackdown: Repression intensifies on eve of 25th anniversary

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Amnesty International has documented a further 30 activists that have been persecuted as the Chinese authorities attempt to suppress those that seek to commemorate the victims of 4 June 1989.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
2 June 2014

Persecution in universities as Iran ‘squeezes the life out of’ academic freedom

The Iranian authorities have waged a ruthless campaign of repression over the past three decades against students and academics who are routinely harassed, detained or barred from studying or teaching because of their peaceful activism, views or beliefs, said Amnesty International in a report released today.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran

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