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22 August 2014

Iraqi authorities must investigate ‘massacre’ at Sunni mosque

The Iraqi authorities must properly investigate the unlawful killing of dozens of worshippers at a Sunni mosque north-east of the capital Baghdad today, Amnesty International said.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
22 August 2014

Separatist forces in Ukraine accused of threatening mass ‘executions’

The armed group calling itself the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) must not carry out 'executions', including a reported threat of killing prisoners facing life sentences, Amnesty International said today. 

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Ukraine
21 August 2014

Mali: Children still paying a high price in ongoing conflict

Children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue, said Amnesty International in a short briefing published today.

Region Africa
Country Mali
20 August 2014

Syria: ‘Beheading’ of US reporter a war crime that highlights ‘chilling’ risk to journalists

 The apparent execution-style killing by the Islamic State (IS) armed group of a US reporter who went missing in Syria in 2012 constitutes a war crime and highlights the urgent need for all states with influence in the region to ensure other missing journalists are safely released, Amnesty International said today.  

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Syria
19 August 2014

India: Release of prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila “welcome but long overdue”

A Manipur court ruling directing the release of Prisoner of Conscience Irom Sharmila because there were no grounds for charging her with attempted suicide is a legal and moral victory for the activist and her 13 year-long hunger strike, Amnesty International India said today.     

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India
18 August 2014

Nigeria: Destitute victims of forced eviction must be adequately compensated

The World Bank endorsed the Lagos state government’s inadequate compensation package for thousands of people forcibly evicted from an informal settlement, Amnesty International said in a report published today.

Region Africa
Country Nigeria
18 August 2014

Trafigura’s toxic legacy in Côte d’Ivoire - Experts available for interview on anniversary of waste dump

Dozens of local residents have told Amnesty International they fear the long-term health impact of toxic waste belonging to multinational oil trader Trafigura dumped in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, exactly eight years ago tomorrow.

Region Africa
18 August 2014

Saudi Arabia: Four family members executed for hashish possession amid ‘disturbing’ surge in executions

The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions, Amnesty International said after four members of the same family were executed today as part of a “disturbing” recent surge in the use of the death penalty in the country. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Saudi Arabia
15 August 2014

Dominican Republic: Killings at the hands of the police rise while reforms stall

The number of killings perpetrated by the police is on the rise again in the Dominican Republic whilst legislation intended to fix the problem stalls and stagnates in Congress, said Amnesty International today.

Region Americas
15 August 2014

South Africa: Full accountability for the Marikana killings urgently needed

On the second anniversary of the catastrophic events in Marikana, justice for the victims and full accountability are still urgently needed, Amnesty International said today. All those involved in the unlawful decision to use lethal force must be held fully accountable and the disturbing pattern of obstruction of the investigations into the deaths must stop.

Region Africa
Country South Africa

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