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13 June 2014

South Korea: Elderly protesters injured as police quash demonstration

South Korea’s authorities must not use excessive force against peaceful protesters, said Amnesty International, after approximately 2,000 police broke up a demonstration, injuring elderly people.  

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country South Korea
13 June 2014

China: End persecution of prominent human rights lawyer

The Chinese authorities must drop spurious charges against a prominent human rights lawyer and immediately release him, said Amnesty International.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
13 June 2014

Afghanistan elections: Watershed for human rights

“This year is a watershed moment for Afghanistan, with international troops leaving and a new leader taking office. There is a real risk that the country’s already desperate rights situation will deteriorate further if human rights are not placed very high on the next administration’s agenda."

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
13 June 2014

Protesting cleaners ‘beaten and bruised’ by police in Greece as impunity persists

Greek cleaning workers told Amnesty International they were left beaten and bruised by riot police after they tried to protest peacefully against mass redundancies in central Athens yesterday evening.

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Greece
13 June 2014

Police seize sex workers and men believed to be gay in Tajikistan’s new ‘morality’ campaign

Tajikistan must immediately cease a campaign of harassment and violence against people accused of “moral crimes”, Amnesty International said today. Police have seized more than 500 sex workers and a number of men suspected of ‘homosexual behaviour’ since 6 June.  

Tags
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Tajikistan
12 June 2014

Post-2015 Agenda: Human rights accountability key to progress Amnesty International tells UN

The UN’s development targets for the next 15 years must hold governments to account on their human rights obligations, Amnesty International has urged ahead of a crucial meeting next week which will help decide the post-2015 Development Agenda.

Tags
  • United Nations,
  • Demand Dignity
12 June 2014

Turkey must abandon ‘show trial’ against Gezi Park protest organizers

Turkey must abandon a politically motivated show trial of a group of peaceful activists charged with organizing “unlawful” protests that swept the country a year ago, said Amnesty International.

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey
12 June 2014

South Africa: Government and police failing to protect Somali refugees from deadly attacks

Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address, Amnesty International said.

12 June 2014

World must follow Denmark’s example after landmark transgender law

A landmark law in Denmark making it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender should set an example to governments across the world, Amnesty International said. 

Tags
  • Discrimination,
  • My Body My Rights
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Denmark
12 June 2014

Brazil: Military police issued “yellow card” after brutal repression

The Brazilian authorities’ promises that the opening of the World Cup would be a global celebration ring hollow as police brutally repressed peaceful protesters in Sao Paulo, injuring at least two journalists, Amnesty International said. 

Region Americas
Country Brazil

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