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22 December 2009

Lithuania admits existence of secret prison

A Lithuanian parliamentary committee concluded that a CIA secret prison operated in Lithuania during the US-led “war on terror”
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Lithuania
18 December 2009

Mongolia: Legacy of deadly July riots– impunity and injustice

The Government of Mongolia has failed to effectively respond to human rights abuses
that took place during the July 2008 riot in Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar, and its aftermath leaving a legacy of impunity and injustice, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Amnesty International’s report describes how hundreds of people were taken to police detention centres where they were held in over-crowded cells without food or water for up to 72 hours during the riots. Police beat detainees while they were in custody and during interrogations to extract “confessions”.
Over 700 people were arrested and over 100 more in the weeks following, for suspected offences committed during the riot.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Mongolia
18 December 2009

Côte d’Ivoire: Stop attempt to defraud toxic waste dump victims

An attempt to defraud victims of the Trafigura toxic waste dump disaster out of $45 million must be stopped, Amnesty International said today in an open letter.
Region Africa
18 December 2009

Nepal: Bar human rights violators from UN peacekeeping missions

Amnesty International today called on Nepal’s government to immediately fix the flawed vetting process that allowed an army major charged with murder to participate in the United Nations peace keeping mission in the Central African Republic.

Major Niranjan Basnet is charged with murdering 15-year-old Maina Sunuwar on 17 February 2004. She died in military custody after she was subjected to electrocution and drowning during interrogation. Her body was later exhumed from an army barracks where Nepali UN peacekeepers are trained.

In a letter to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal the organization said the inclusion of Major Basnet in the peace keeping force revealed serious shortcomings in the vetting of troops from the Nepal Army to UN missions that could put civilians at risk in countries where they are deployed.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Nepal
16 December 2009

Iran: Stop execution of alleged juvenile offender, Mosleh Zamani

The Iranian authorities must halt the imminent execution of alleged juvenile offender, Amnesty International said today.
Tags
  • Children,
  • Death Penalty,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran
16 December 2009

Russian NGO awarded Sakharov human rights prize

Human rights organizations in Russia joined forces today to pay tribute today to Memorial, an international civil rights society that operates in a number of post-Soviet states, as they received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of thought in the European Parliament.
15 December 2009

Guatemala: Allegations of police killings must be investigated

Amnesty International has condemned the failure of the Guatemalan authorities to thoroughly investigate extra-judicial killings in which police officers have been implicated.


Tags
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings
Region Americas
Country Guatemala
15 December 2009

Syria: Trial of Kurds likely to be a “parody of justice”

Amnesty International called for Syria's Supreme State Security Court (SSSC) to be abolished as the trial of five members of the Kurdish minority resumed today.
Tags
  • Torture And Ill-treatment,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Syria
14 December 2009

Saudi Arabia: 75-year-old woman faces 40 lashes

The Saudi Arabian authorities must not carry out the imminent flogging and imprisonment of an elderly woman and two younger men, Amnesty International said today.
Tags
  • Prisoners Of Conscience
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Saudi Arabia
14 December 2009

Honduras: Full and prompt investigation needed into death of human rights campaigner

Honduran authorities must launch an urgent and independent investigation into the murder of human rights defender Walter Trochez who was killed late on Sunday night while walking home through the centre of Tegucigalpa, Amnesty International said today.
Tags
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings
Region Americas
Country Honduras

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