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1 July 2010

New Amnesty Chief calls on governments to respect rights of world’s most vulnerable people

Salil Shetty, the new Secretary General of Amnesty International, today began his first full day in office by pledging to do all that he can to ensure governments respect the rights of the world’s most impoverished and vulnerable groups.

Tags
  • Demand Dignity
1 July 2010

Bangladesh: Security forces used excessive force during raid

Bangladeshi security forces used excessive force during a raid on the house of a senior opposition politician on 27 June, Amnesty International said today.

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Impunity,
  • Law Enforcement
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Bangladesh
30 June 2010

Restrictions to freedom of expression create climate of fear in Cuba

Cuba’s repressive legal system has created a climate of fear among journalists, dissidents and activists, putting them at risk of arbitrary arrest and harassment by the authorities, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Americas
Country Cuba
29 June 2010

Timor-Leste law allows amnesties for war criminals

Amnesty International is urging Timor-Leste to close a legal loophole that is allowing war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1975-1999 Indonesian occupation to go unpunished.

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Impunity,
  • International Justice,
  • United Nations
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Timor Leste
29 June 2010

Spanish politicians urged to reject bans on full-face veils

Amnesty International is calling on law-makers in the Spanish region of Catalonia not to adopt a motion on Wednesday in favour of banning women from wearing the full-face veil in public buildings and spaces

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Spain
29 June 2010

Petraeus must focus on civilian protection in Afghanistan

General David Petraeus, the US commander set to take charge of NATO operations in Afghanistan, must redouble efforts to minimise civilian casualties during military operations there, Amnesty International said today.

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
28 June 2010

Honduras failing to tackle coup rights abuses

Amnesty International has accused the Honduran authorities of failing to address serious human rights violations that followed the coup d’etat of 28 June 2009, when ex-President Manuel Zelaya was forced from power.

Region Americas
Country Honduras
24 June 2010

Uzbekistan must halt forcible return of refugees to Kyrgyzstan

The Uzbekistani authorities must stop forcibly returning refugees to Kyrgyzstan while fears persist of continuing instability in the south of Kyrgyzstan

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Kyrgyzstan
23 June 2010

Human rights suffer as Libya stalls on reform

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Tags
  • Death In Custody,
  • Death Penalty,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Impunity,
  • International Organizations,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Prison Conditions,
  • Prisoners Of Conscience,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Africa
Country Nigeria
23 June 2010

Award-winning Syrian human rights lawyer jailed for three years

Amnesty International has condemned a three year prison sentence imposed today on a Syrian lawyer and human rights defender who had publicised the unfair trials of political prisoners and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

Tags
  • Prisoners Of Conscience
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Syria

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