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Press Releases

20 April 2010

Sri Lanka’s new parliament must drop emergency laws

Sri Lanka’s first post-war parliament must get rid of draconian emergency laws that have allowed for decades of widespread human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today.  

  • Armed Conflict,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Death In Custody,
  • Detention,
  • Disappearances And Abductions,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Impunity,
  • International Justice,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Prison Conditions,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment,
  • Security with Human Rights
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
19 April 2010

Somalia: Al-Shabab must immediately free human rights activist

The Somali armed opposition group al-Shabab must immediately free a human rights defender it captured last week and stop its relentless attacks on other activists, Amnesty International said today.

  • Armed Groups
Region Africa
Country Somalia
16 April 2010

Dow cannot run from the legacy of Bhopal by sponsoring ‘Run For Water’ events

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) cannot run from its responsibility for the ongoing impacts of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak by sponsoring Live Earth ‘Run for Water’ events, Amnesty International said today.

  • Business And Human Rights
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India
15 April 2010

Kenya: More than 50,000 people at risk of imminent forced eviction

Kenya’s government should halt the proposed eviction of more than 50,000 people living alongside the country’s railway lines until guidelines that conform with international human rights standards have been adopted, Amnesty International said today.

  • Demand Dignity,
  • Demand Dignity
Region Africa
Country Kenya
15 April 2010

Executions by Hamas in Gaza ‘deplorable’

Amnesty International today condemned the executions by the Hamas de facto authority of two Palestinian men in Gaza in the early hours of this morning.  Both men had been convicted in 2009 by military courts in Gaza of charges of “collaboration” with the Israeli military and involvement in murder.

  • Death Penalty
Region Middle East And North Africa
14 April 2010

Ukraine needs accountability for human rights violations

Amnesty International is calling on newly-elected President Viktor Yanukovych and his government to ensure accountability for human rights abuses by bringing the country’s laws and practices into line with international standards

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Ukraine
14 April 2010

Nigeria: Federal Minister of Justice must urgently investigate disappearance of six from police custody

The disappearance of six men from police custody in Port Harcourt one year ago must be independently and impartially investigated by the Federal Minister of Justice and their whereabouts revealed to their families, Amnesty International said today.

  • Death In Custody
Region Africa
Country Nigeria
12 April 2010

Europe must halt unreliable ‘diplomatic assurances’ that risk torture

European countries must reject once and for all the dangerous practice of relying on “no torture” promises from governments with proven records of torture

  • Security with Human Rights
12 April 2010

Proposed Fiji media law threatens journalists with jail

The Fijian government will be able to imprison journalists for up to five years, obliterating media freedom, if its Cabinet adopts a repressive draft Media Decree tomorrow, says Amnesty International.

  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Fiji
10 April 2010

Activists from 18 countries join global day of action ahead of elections to urge ‘no business as usual’ with Sudan

(City): Today (10th April 2010) activists from 18 countries will join a coordinated, global day of action, calling on Sudanese parties to ensure that the upcoming elections do not become a flashpoint for increased violence and human rights abuses. In recent days, many opposition parties have withdrawn from critical parts of the elections citing concerns that the election will not be free and fair and reports of widespread restrictions on basic freedoms. Campaigners fear that although the eyes of the world will turn to Sudan during the elections there will be inadequate focus on the human rights situation on the ground.

Region Africa
Country Sudan

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