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Press Releases

20 January 2010

Vietnamese dissidents’ trial a mockery of justice

Amnesty International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of four Vietnamese prisoners of conscience jailed today for their peaceful pro-democracy activism.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Viet Nam
19 January 2010

Angola detains rights activists following attack on Togo football team

Amnesty International has warned the Angolan authorities against a crackdown on human rights activists after several were detained in the Cabinda region in the wake of the 8 January attack on the Togolese national football team.
  • Armed Groups
Region Africa
Country Angola
18 January 2010

Israel’s Gaza blockade continues to suffocate daily life

Israel must end its suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip, which leaves more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty, Amnesty International said one year on from the end of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza

Amnesty International’s briefing paper Suffocating: The Gaza Strip under Israeli blockade gathers testimony from people still struggling to rebuild their lives following Operation “Cast Lead”, which killed around 1,400 Palestinians and injured thousands more.

Region Middle East And North Africa
18 January 2010

Sri Lanka: Time for a New Start; A Human Rights Agenda for Sri Lanka’s Presidential Candidates

Amnesty International calls on all candidates standing in Sri Lanka’s Presidential elections on January 26th to end widespread human rights violations and the culture of impunity that continues to plague the country.

On Monday, the organization issued a 10-point Human Rights Agenda for all candidates.

“Candidates should commit to restoring respect for basic rights, like life and liberty, ending arbitrary arrests and detention, enforced disappearances and torture, and to restoring respect for freedom of expression, said Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka specialist. “In the longer run, what’s needed is to rebuild Sri Lanka’s institutions so that they can protect efficiently and without discrimination.  That’s the only way to restore public faith in the justice system.”
More than 20 candidates are standing in the elections with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and his former Army Commander and Chief of Defence Staff, retired General Sarath Fonseka the main contenders. Both have taken credit for the military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May, while at the same time attempting to evade blame for grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
15 January 2010

Protection of human rights must accompany relief efforts in Haiti

Amnesty International called on the United Nations to put in place measures for the protection of human rights and the most vulnerable among the survivors of Tuesday's devastating earthquake.
Region Americas
Country Haiti
14 January 2010

Mongolia: moratorium on executions welcomed

Amnesty International welcomes the announcement made by the government of Mongolia today declaring an official moratorium on executions in the country.

Amnesty International believes President Tsakhia Elbegdorj has taken a bold move for the protection of human rights in Mongolia and welcomes this important development as a key step toward full abolition of the death penalty.
“The government of Mongolia has shown that it has a strong commitment to human rights by introducing a moratorium on the death penalty. Amnesty International urges other countries in the region to follow Mongolia’s example,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International Asia-
Pacific deputy director.

Asia continues to execute more individuals than the rest of the world combined. Amnesty International estimates at least 1,838 individuals were executed in 11 countries in Asia in 2008.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Mongolia
14 January 2010

Six Sudanese men executed amid fears of unfair trials

Amnesty International has today condemned the execution of six men accused of murdering 13 policemen during clashes over a forced eviction in Khartoum, Sudan in 2005.
  • Death Penalty
Region Africa
Country Sudan
13 January 2010

Eliminate second-rate education for Roma in the Czech Republic

The Czech authorities are continuing to place Romani children in schools for pupils with “mild mental disabilities”, leaving them with a sub-standard education
Region Europe And Central Asia
13 January 2010

China: Censorship of the internet must stop

Amnesty International has again urged the Chinese authorities to end censorship of the internet after online firm, Google, today raised concern about the hacking of human rights activists’ email accounts.
  • Business And Human Rights,
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
12 January 2010

UK police must end stop and search without suspicion

The UK government must scrap abusive, discriminatory and unlawful powers that allow the police to stop and search without reasonable suspicion
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country UK

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