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31 March 2011

Iranian Baha'i leaders hit by 'vindictive' sentence extension


The reimposition of 20-year jail terms on seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i religious minority is “outrageous”, Amnesty International said today as it made a renewed call for their immediate release..

30 March 2011

Myanmar – New government installed today 30 March 2011

As the new government is installed in Myanmar today, Donna Guest, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Program said:

 

"The new government should take immediate action to stop human rights violations and put an end to the growing legacy of impunity in the country.

 

 As a very first step, and a matter of urgency, Amnesty International calls on the government to take the following measures:

 

-  ensure the unconditional release of hundreds of prisoners of conscience, which is long overdue. 

 

- remove provisions in the Constitution which grant immunity from prosecution for state officials for past involvement in human rights violations. "

30 March 2011

Syrian President misses opportunity as emergency powers remain

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has missed a crucial opportunity to lift the country’s repressive state of emergency in a key speech today amid ongoing protests, Amnesty International has said. 

30 March 2011

Thousands stranded in 'appalling' conditions on Italian island

Many on Lampedusa have not been provided with the most basic humanitarian assistance such as shelter, medical care, mats, blankets and access to sanitary facilities, the Amnesty International team has found, while thousands continue to sleep outdoors

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Italy
29 March 2011

Libya: Campaign of enforced disappearances must end

Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi have carried out a campaign of enforced disappearances in an attempt to crush growing opposition to his rule, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing paper. 

Tags
  • Children,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Detention,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Prison Conditions,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya
29 March 2011

China: Prominent blogger missing

The Chinese authorities must reveal the whereabouts of a political blogger and commentator who has not been seen since Sunday and is believed to be detained, Amnesty International said today.

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Detention,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Discrimination,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Human Rights Standards
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
29 March 2011

UN peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire must protect civilians caught in fightin

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) must urgently protect thousands of displaced people sheltering in a Catholic mission in the west of the country amid fierce fighting, Amnesty International said today. 

Tags
  • United Nations
Region Africa
29 March 2011

Belarus urged to release election protesters after student convicted

Amnesty International has demanded the release of a Belarusian student sentenced today for taking part in a post-election protest - the third similar conviction in the past week

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Belarus
28 March 2011

Death Penalty in 2010: Executing countries left isolated after decade of progress

Countries which continue to use the death penalty are being left increasingly isolated following a decade of progress towards abolition, Amnesty International has said today in its new report Death Sentences and Executions in 2010.

Tags
  • Abolish the death penalty ,
  • Death Penalty
28 March 2011

Thorough investigation urged over Libya rape case

The Libyan authorities must thoroughly investigate the case of a woman who said she had been raped by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, Amnesty International said today.

Tags
  • Detention,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Individuals at Risk,
  • Women
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya

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