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23 March 2011

Egyptian women protesters forced to take ‘virginity tests’

Amnesty International has today called on the Egyptian authorities to investigate serious allegations of torture, including forced ‘virginity tests’, inflicted by the army on women protesters arrested in Tahrir Square earlier this month.

Tags
  • Women
23 March 2011

Guatemala forcibly evicting indigenous farmers

The Guatemalan authorities should halt the forced evictions of indigenous farming communities which have so far left 2,500 people homeless and resulted in the death of one man, Amnesty International said today.

Tags
  • Indigenous peoples
Region Americas
Country Guatemala
23 March 2011

Protesters killed in Syria mosque attack amid wave of detentions

Amnesty International has condemned last night’s deadly attack on a mosque by Syrian security forces, amid a sweep of detentions of suspected dissidents across the country.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Syria
23 March 2011

China: New generation of internet activists targeted

Online calls for China to stage its own ‘Jasmine Revolution’ following protests in the Middle East and North Africa has prompted the heaviest wave of arrests of Chinese activists for several years, Amnesty International has said.

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Detention,
  • Discrimination,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Human Rights Standards
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
21 March 2011

Jammu and Kashmir: Hundreds held each year without charge or trial

The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is holding hundreds of people each year without charge or trial in order to ‘keep them out of circulation’, a new Amnesty International report released today shows.

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Children,
  • Detention,
  • Discrimination,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Human Rights Standards,
  • Impunity,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India
21 March 2011

Al Jazeera journalists missing in Libya must be released

Amnesty International has called on the Libyan authorities to release four Al Jazeera journalists held incommunicado since they were detained while trying to leave the country two weeks ago.

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Detention,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya
19 March 2011

Egyptian referendum voters must not be harassed or intimidated

Amnesty International has called on the Egyptian authorities to ensure that voters and campaigners are not harassed or intimidated by security forces during today’s referendum on constitutional change proposals.

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Human Rights Standards
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
18 March 2011

Nigeria warned over rise in pre-election violence

Amnesty International has urged the Nigerian authorities to act to stem a rising tide of political, ethnic and religious violence that risks threatening the stability of April elections.

Region Africa
Country Nigeria
18 March 2011

Civilians must be protected during Libya military action

Amnesty International has today urged all parties to make the protection of civilians in Libya their top priority, after the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 paved the way for possible military action by international forces.

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • International Organizations,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants,
  • United Nations
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya
18 March 2011

Fatal shelling in Côte d’Ivoire condemned

Côte d’Ivoire security forces must halt the shelling of civilian areas, Amnesty International said today, after forces loyal to the outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo fired shells into an Abidjan market, killing at least 20 people and wounding around 60.

Region Africa

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