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Press Releases

2 October 2009

Iran: Prominent lawyer banned from leaving Iran

The Iranian authorities banned a prominent human rights activist from leaving the country on Friday. Abdolfattah Soltani was due to travel to collect a human rights award in Germany.
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran
2 October 2009

Iran: Execution of juvenile scheduled for Monday

The execution of Afghan national Abbas Hosseini in Iran on Monday for a murder he is accused of committing when he was only 17 must be stopped, Amnesty International warned today.
  • Death Penalty
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran
1 October 2009

Mexico must not repatriate injured migrants

The Mexican authorities should not forcibly repatriate three migrants shot and injured by security forces at the country's southern border, Amnesty International said on Thursday.
Region Americas
Country Mexico
30 September 2009

Chad: Refugee women face high levels of rape inside and outside camps despite UN presence

Darfuri refugee women and girls face high levels of rape and other violence on a daily basis both inside and outside refugee camps in eastern Chad, despite the presence of UN security forces, a new Amnesty International report reveals.
  • Women,
  • Stop Violence Against Women
Region Africa
Country Chad
30 September 2009

Guinea: Details of violence emerge; Amnesty calls for international commission of inquiry

Amnesty International today revealed details of the brutal attacks committed by security forces in Guinea, during the suppression of a mass rally on 28 September in Conakry, and the extent to which the violence was organized by the army.
Region Africa
Country Guinea
29 September 2009

Executive Decree gives green light to increased abuses in Honduras

Honduran de facto president Roberto Micheletti must rescind a decree that provides sweeping new powers of detention to the police, bans all public meetings and imposes a 45 day curfew, Amnesty International said today.
Region Americas
Country Honduras
28 September 2009

China: Human Rights Activists not welcome at 60th Anniversary Party

Chinese authorities have increased surveillance, harassment and imprisonment of activists ahead of the country’s 60th anniversary on 1 October to prevent them from raising human rights concerns that challenge the authorities' image of social harmony, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International estimates that several hundred activists and dissidents are under various kinds of surveillance or house arrest and thousands of petitioners are being swept out of Beijing. The organization continues to receive reports that petitioners are being kept in “black jails” and other informal detention facilities outside Beijing. 
"The Chinese government wants to celebrate the country's success while ensuring that no dissenting view or complaint is heard," said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International Asia Pacific deputy director. “As a result, what the Chinese government is highlighting is its own fear of giving the Chinese people a real voice to talk about the reality of their lives, good and bad.”

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Hong Kong
24 September 2009

NGOs welcome historic step forward for the protection of all human rights

Justice for people whose economic, social and cultural rights are violated took a decisive step forward today as 20 States began signing the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the United Nations.
  • Demand Dignity
23 September 2009

Honduras: Sharp rise in police beatings, mass arrests and harassment of activists

Amnesty International today denounced a sharp rise in police beatings, mass arrests of demonstrators and intimidation of human rights defenders in Honduras since the June coup d’état and warned that fundamental rights and the rule of law in the Central American nation are in grave jeopardy.
Region Americas
Country Honduras

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