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27 June 2011

Nigeria: Armed groups targeting civilians in latest bombings

Nigerian armed groups must stop attacking civilians, Amnesty International said today, after as many as 30 people were killed in a bomb attack blamed on the religious sect Boko Haram.

Region Africa
Country Nigeria
26 June 2011

Secretary General meets member of the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and Deputy Prime Minister

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty today met Major General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Head of the Military Intelligence Department and member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and Deputy Prime Minister Yehia El Gamal at the end of his weeklong visit to Egypt.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
25 June 2011

Egypt: End military trials, scrap repressive laws

The Egyptian authorities must earn the trust of the people by abolishing repressive laws and ending abusive practices, the Secretary General of Amnesty International said today in Cairo

24 June 2011

Tunisia joins International Criminal Court

Tunisia took an important step towards strengthening fundamental human rights today by joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).

At a ceremony at the UN in New York, Tunisia became the 116th state party to the Rome Statute, which set up the ICC to investigate and prosecute cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity worldwide.

  • United Nations,
  • International Justice
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Tunisia
24 June 2011

Libya: Renewed rocket attacks target civilians in Misratah

Forces loyal to Libyan Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi are once again targeting civilians in Misratah by firing rockets, some containing ball bearings, into the city’s residential areas, Amnesty International said today. 

  • MENA unrest
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya
23 June 2011

Romania legal system condemning Roma to poor housing

Romania’s poorest and most disadvantaged citizens cannot access adequate housing because of the country’s legal system

23 June 2011

China must reveal whereabouts of Ai Weiwei’s associates

Three of artist Ai Weiwei’s associates are still missing, presumed in secret detention, despite the conditional release of Ai and his cousin into house arrest, Amnesty International said today. 

23 June 2011

New mass rapes in DRC are result of horrific failure of justice

New mass rapes by members of the Congolese army in the Democratic Republic of Congo are the result of the government’s failure to bring human rights abusers to justice, Amnesty International said today. 

22 June 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Dozens of Gbagbo supporters detained without charge

Authorities in Côte d’Ivoire are holding at least 50 people without charge, including several high-profile Ivorian politicians, following the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo two months ago

22 June 2011

China: Ai Weiwei released on bail

In reaction to reports that Ai Weiwei has been released on bail "because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from", Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Deputy Director said:

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