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15 December 2014

Yemen: Investigate killing of activist at peaceful protest

The Yemeni authorities must investigate the killing of a political activist shot dead by security forces during a peaceful protest in the southern city of Aden today, Amnesty International said.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Yemen
14 December 2014

Russia: End Persecution of Chechen Activists

Russian authorities should act to end a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today after the office of a local human rights group was burned down. They should also offer genuine protection to all activists threatened for doing their work.


Region Europe And Central Asia
12 December 2014

Afghanistan: ‘Reprehensible’ attacks underscore urgent need to protect civilians

The recent wave of attacks on civilians by the Taliban and other armed groups in Afghanistan are reprehensible acts which underscore the new Afghan government’s urgent responsibility to protect the right to life, Amnesty International said today.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
11 December 2014

CAR: Failure to effectively investigate war crimes fuels further atrocities and fear

The failure of the Central African Republic authorities and the United Nations to effectively investigate war crimes is perpetuating the cycle of violence and fear in the country, Amnesty International said in a report today.

  • Armed Groups
Region Africa
10 December 2014

UN finds Mediterranean ‘deadliest’ sea route for migrants

New figures on migration just released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees give further weight to Amnesty International’s repeated calls on EU institutions and member states to step up efforts to protect refugees and migrants making the dangerous sea crossing to Europe. 


  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants,
  • United Nations
10 December 2014

30 years of torture convention - states still failing on obligations

On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture, Amnesty International is calling upon states not to obstruct efforts to prevent the appalling practice and to uphold their commitments under international law to bring it to an end. 

  • Torture And Ill-treatment
10 December 2014

Brazil: Five decades on, a key step towards truth and justice for dictatorship’s crimes

Today’s presentation of the final report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission (Comissão Nacional da Verdade, CNV) marks an historic step in the country’s efforts to obtain justice for crimes against humanity and other violations during the military dictatorship that took power five decades ago, Amnesty International said.

  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Impunity,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment,
  • International Justice
Region Americas
Country Brazil
10 December 2014

Death of Palestinian minister highlights excessive force by Israeli army

The death of a Palestinian minister during a protest against land confiscations in the West Bank may have resulted from arbitrary and abusive force by Israeli forces against demonstrators, said Amnesty International. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
9 December 2014

Israel's destruction of multistorey buildings: extensive, wanton and unjustified

Air strikes on landmark buildings at the tail end of the Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in August 2014 were a deliberate and direct attack on civilian buildings and amount to war crimes, says Amnesty International today. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
9 December 2014

Thailand: Free speech crackdown creating ‘spiral into silence’

Thailand’s military authorities must halt the alarming deterioration in respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including ending the unprecedented use of the lèse-majesté law, Amnesty International said ahead of International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Thailand

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