With more than 100 people now on trial before Tehran’s Revolutionary Court for fomenting protests against the disputed official result of Iran’s 12 June presidential election, Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan challenged the Iranian authorities to open up the court to international observers.
Amnesty International congratulates Mary Robinson on being named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to be awarded by President Obama next week, after her long career championing the rights of marginalized peoples around the world.
Amnesty International today expressed dismay at yesterday’s sentencing of six Gambian journalists, including three executive members of the Gambian Press Union, to terms in prison. They were sentenced to a mandatory sentence of two years’ imprisonment and fined 250,000 Dalasis (US$10,000) on two of the six counts. Failure to pay will result in having to serve two extra years for each count.
The eight weeks between the presidential election on 12 June and the inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president on 5 August saw an alarming spike in the number of executions by the Iranian authorities, Amnesty International said today.
The decision of Brazil’s Supreme Court to extradite the Uruguayan colonel Manuel Cordero to Argentina offers an important opportunity to uncover the crimes committed under Plan Condor, Amnesty International said today.
Amnesty International today urged the US Congress to honour its commitment to withhold 15% of funding of the Merida Initiative until the Mexican government fulfils its human rights obligations. The organization said the Mexican government has failed to make sufficient progress in the investigation and prosecution of human rights abuses by security forces.
Amnesty International today expressed grave concern at attacks against staff at Globovisión television station on Monday and called on the Venezuelan authorities to urgently initiate a full and impartial investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.
Iran is caught in a spiralling cycle of repression, Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s Secretary General warned on the eve of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s official inauguration for a second term as Iran’s President, as she called for an immediate end to detentions, torture and unfair trials in response to peaceful protests.