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7 December 2010

Nineteen countries turn down invitation to Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

The Nobel Committee has confirmed that nineteen countries have declined invitations to attend the Peace Price ceremony in Norway on 10 December, a rise on the usual number of declines.  This year, the Nobel Peace Prize is being awarded to Chinese prisoner of conscience Liu Xiaobo.

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Human Rights Standards
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
7 December 2010

Israeli rabbis ban home sale and rental to non-Jews

Amnesty International today condemned a religious ruling signed by dozens of Israel’s municipal chief rabbis that bans the renting or sale of homes to non-Jews.

Tags
  • Discrimination,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Region Middle East And North Africa
6 December 2010

Malaysia: Torture practiced systematically in widespread caning

The Malaysian government must immediately end the practice of judicial caning, which subjects thousands of people each year to systematic torture and ill-treatment, leaving them with permanent physical and psychological scars, Amnesty International said today in a new report.

Tags
  • Detention,
  • Impunity,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Prison Conditions,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Malaysia
6 December 2010

Côte d’Ivoire security forces urged to protect civilians as tensions rise

Amnesty International has called on the security forces in Côte d’Ivoire to protect civilians, as the number of people shot dead in violent incidents following the country's presidential elections rose to at least 20.
Tensions have risen in Côte d’Ivoire since both presidential candidates in the 28 November election

Tags
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment
Region Africa
3 December 2010

Iraqi Interior Minister condemned for demanding execution of al-Qai’da suspects

Amnesty International today strongly condemned a call by the Iraqi Interior Minister for the swift execution of 39 alleged al-Qai’da members as they were paraded before journalists, handcuffed and clad in orange jumpsuits.

Tags
  • Armed Groups,
  • Death Penalty,
  • Detention
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
2 December 2010

Zimbabwe: Newborn deaths must be investigated

The Zimbabwean government should urgently investigate the deaths of newborn babies at a settlement it created to re-house people made homeless by its mass forced eviction program five years ago, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Tags
  • Demand Dignity
Region Africa
Country Zimbabwe
2 December 2010

Deadly raid on Côte d’Ivoire opposition headquarters condemned

Amnesty International has condemned an armed raid led by a paramilitary force (gendarmerie) on an opposition party headquarters in the city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire on 1 December, which left at least four people dead and several wounded.

Tags
  • Armed Groups,
  • Human Rights Standards,
  • Law Enforcement
Region Africa
1 December 2010

Wikileaks cable corroborates evidence of US airstrikes in Yemen

A leaked diplomatic cable has corroborated images released earlier this year by Amnesty International showing that the US military carried out a missile strike in south Yemen in December 2009 that killed dozens of local residents.

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Yemen
1 December 2010

Central African Republic must arrest Omar al-Bashir during visit

Amnesty International has called on the Central African Republic (CAR) to arrest wanted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the International Criminal Court (ICC), should he go ahead with his planned visit to the country on Thursday

Region Africa
1 December 2010

Execution of Iranian footballer’s wife condemned

Amnesty International has today condemned the Iranian authorities for carrying out the execution of Khadijeh Jahed, known as “Shahla”, the temporary wife of a prominent Iranian footballer, at Evin Prison, Tehran this morning.

Tags
  • Death Penalty
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran

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