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4 December 2009

Iraq: Over 900 people on death row face imminent execution

The Iraqi authorities must immediately stop the executions of more than 900 people on death row who have exhausted their legal appeals and could be put to death at any time, Amnesty International said.

The prisoners, who include 17 women, are said to have had their death sentences ratified by the Presidential Council, the final step before executions are carried out.

At least 120 people are known to have been executed in Iraq so far this year.

“In a country which already has one of the highest rates of execution in the world, the prospect that this statistic may rise significantly is disturbing indeed,” said Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.    

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
3 December 2009

Guinea: Evidence of new arrests, harassment and illegal detentions by security forces

Guinea’s security forces are continuing to arrest and harass activists and others, following a massacre during a political protest on 28 September, Amnesty International found during a recent visit to Guinea.
Region Africa
Country Guinea
3 December 2009

China: Halt death sentences against Uighurs

China’s supreme court must carefully review reported death sentences imposed today on five individuals by a court in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of northwest China. 

Thirteen people were sentenced by the court in the city of Urumqi, in connection with deadly violence that erupted after a police crackdown on Uighur protesters on 5 July. 

Five of these were sentenced to death, and another two were sentenced to life imprisonment. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
3 December 2009

Somalia : Civilian deaths in hotel explosion condemned

Amnesty International condemns the unlawful killing of civilians in an explosion today at a student graduation ceremony in Shamo hotel, Mogadishu.

The blast appears to have occurred as people had gathered to celebrate the graduation of medical students from Banadir University in the hotel, in a district of the capital Mogadishu which remains under the control of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Region Africa
Country Somalia
3 December 2009

Honduras: No return to “business as usual”

(Tegucigalpa) At the end of a 10-day visit to Honduras during the country’s presidential elections, Amnesty International today called for an independent investigation to ensure all those responsible for human rights abuses are brought to justice and the victims given reparations. 
Region Americas
Country Honduras
2 December 2009

Peru: Justice without discrimination for the victims of Amazon violence

The Peruvian authorities must conduct fair and impartial investigations into the deaths of all those killed during violence at a road blockade led by Amazon Indigenous peoples in June, Amnesty International said in a new report.
Region Americas
Country Peru
2 December 2009

Afghanistan: More US troops must not harm Afghan civilians

Amnesty International has called on the US to establish a consistent, clear and credible mechanism to investigate civilian casualties resulting from military operations after President Barack Obama said he would send 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan.
  • Armed Conflict
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
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

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