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16 October 2009

Pakistan: Government must prepare for South Waziristan displacement crisis

The government of Pakistan must urgently prepare for a displacement crisis as civilians flee South Waziristan ahead of an expected military assault, Amnesty International said.
Tags
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
16 October 2009

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Human Rights Council divisions must not obstruct Gaza accountability

The political divisions surrounding the adoption of today’s Human Rights Council resolution on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories must not become an obstacle to investigations into serious violations of international law reported during the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel, Amnesty International said.
Tags
  • United Nations
Region Middle East And North Africa
15 October 2009

Ban Ki Moon congratulates Amnesty on new poverty campaign

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Amnesty International on the launch of its Demand Dignity campaign to end the human rights  violations that drive and deepen poverty.
Tags
  • Demand Dignity
15 October 2009

The Unheard Truth: World leaders must change debate on poverty and human rights

(New York) In the run up to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Amnesty International called on world leaders and policy makers to change the debate on poverty from economics to addressing the human rights problems that impoverish and keep people poor.
Tags
  • Demand Dignity,
  • Demand Dignity
15 October 2009

Uganda: ‘Anti-Homosexuality’ Bill Threatens Liberties and Human Rights Defenders

(Kampala, October 15, 2009) – The draft “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” introduced on October 14, 2009 in Uganda’s parliament would violate human rights and should be withdrawn immediately, a group of 17 local and international human rights organizations said today.
Region Africa
Country Uganda
14 October 2009

US joins Arms Trade Treaty talks, but at high price

Today's announcement by the US government at the United Nations of its support for beginning negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was welcomed by Oxfam International and Amnesty International. But the two international organisations also warned that Washington’s support comes at a very high price.
Tags
  • United Nations,
  • Arms control and human rights
Region Americas
Country USA
13 October 2009

Cuba: Blogger denied freedom to travel outside Cuba

Amnesty International calls on the government of Cuba to lift the travel on Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, preventing her from travelling to New York to receive an international journalism award.

Region Americas
Country Cuba
9 October 2009

Iran: Protester death sentence must be reviewed

Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to rescind the death sentence imposed on Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, the first person to be sentenced to death in connection with protests following disputed presidential elections.
Tags
  • Death Penalty
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran
8 October 2009

Sri Lanka: Displaced now trapped between the military and the impending monsoon

A quarter of a million Sri Lankans now being held in de facto detention camps are facing a humanitarian disaster as monsoon rains threaten to flood camps, said Amnesty International today.

Months after the government of Sri Lanka set up camps in Vavuniya District in the north-east of the country following the end of the conflict there, the authorities are still failing to deliver basic services.

Camps remain overcrowded and lack basic sanitation facilities and heavy rains in September saw rivers of water cascading through tents with camp residents wading through overflowing sewage.

“People living in these camps are desperate to leave. The government must ensure that the displaced are treated with dignity. They have a right to protection and must be consulted on whether they wish to return to their homes or resettle," said Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka expert, who is in contact with relatives of people inside the camp.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
8 October 2009

Guinea: Call for suspension of military and police weapons transfers

Amnesty International calls on all states to suspend international supplies of military and police weaponry, munitions and other equipment that could be used to commit human rights violations by Guinean security forces
Region Africa
Country Guinea

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