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Press Releases

1 December 2009

Sri Lankan government must permanently release all civiliansasia

The Sri Lankan government must permanently release civilians who have been illegally detained in camps following the end of the civil war six months ago
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
30 November 2009

Climate change deal must ensure the poor are not left out and further disadvantaged

(Copenhagen) Political leaders meeting in Copenhagen next week must reach a fair, ambitious and binding deal on climate change that does not leave out and further disadvantage the world’s poor, said Mary Robinson and Irene Khan.
  • Poverty,
  • Demand Dignity
29 November 2009

Switzerland votes against religious freedom

Amnesty International deeply regrets the choice of Swiss voters today to introduce a ban on the construction of minarets into the constitution
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Switzerland
29 November 2009

Honduras: Authorities must reveal identities and whereabouts of people detained today

(Tegucigalpa) Amnesty International today urged the Honduran authorities to reveal the identities, whereabouts and charges against all people detained on the eve and day of the presidential elections.
Region Americas
Country Honduras
28 November 2009

Honduras: Military shooting must be urgently investigated and witnesses protected

Amnesty International today said it was deeply worried about the safety of victims of and witnesses to a shooting at a military blockade that took place in Tegucigalpa last night. The organization called on the Human Rights Prosecutor to urgently investigate the incident.
Region Americas
Country Honduras
27 November 2009

Honduras: Stock pile of tear gas grenades triggers fears of human rights abuses

Amnesty International has learned that the de facto authorities in Honduras have stock piled 10,000 tear gas cans and other crowd control equipment, triggering fears of an increased risk of excessive and disproportionate use of force by security forces around the presidential elections.
Region Americas
Country Honduras
26 November 2009

Philippines: Witness protection needed to ensure justice for victims of massacre

The Philippine government must urgently ensure that witnesses are protected following the massacre of at least 57 people in Maguindanao province and safeguard vital forensic evidence to ensure those responsible are brought to justice, said Amnesty International.

Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., a member of the powerful Ampatuan family that has dominated local politics in Maguindanao province in the country’s restive Mindanao region, is now under arrest and could face multiple murder charges. He has denied involvement.

“One of the major stumbling blocks to justice for human rights violations in the Philippines has been the intimidation of witnesses, at times accompanied by bribes or other inducements,” said Donna Guest, Amnesty International’s deputy Asia-Pacific director.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
25 November 2009

Switzerland minaret ban would breach freedom of religion obligations

A ban on the construction of minarets would breach Switzerland’s obligations to uphold freedom of religion
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Switzerland
25 November 2009

Burundi: Reverse Ban on Civil Society Group

(Bujumbura) – Burundian authorities should immediately retract an ordinance outlawing the Forum for the Strengthening of Civil Society (FORSC), an umbrella organization representing 146 Burundian civil society associations, said Amnesty International, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and Human Rights Watch in a joint statement issued today. The government should also end threats and harassment against civil society activists, the groups said.
Region Africa
Country Burundi
24 November 2009

Women face abuse in Tajikistan: Don’t keep it in the family

The authorities in Tajikistan must properly prosecute violence against women as a criminal offence
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Tajikistan

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