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7 September 2009

Afghanistan: Perwiz Kambakhsh’s release raises hopes for other detainees

Amnesty International has urged the Afghan government to free two writers accused of blasphemy, following the pardon of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, convicted of distributing an article that questioned the role of women is Islam.
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
4 September 2009

Sudan: Amnesty International calls on government to repeal law penalizing women for wearing trousers

As a Court in Khartoum prepares to resume its trial of Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein for wearing trousers, Amnesty International called on the Sudanese government to withdraw the charges against her and repeal the law used to justify the flogging of women for wearing clothing deemed to be “indecent”.
  • Women
Region Africa
Country Sudan
2 September 2009

USA: President Obama should take the lead on lifting embargo against Cuba

President Barack Obama should take the first step towards dismantling the US embargo against Cuba by not renewing sanctions against the island under the Trading with the Enemy Act, Amnesty International said today as the 14 September deadline for the renewal of sanctions under the Act approaches.
Region Americas
Country USA
27 August 2009

Colombia: Third mass killing against Awá Indigenous Peoples in 2009

The killing of 12 Indigenous Peoples in Colombia, including four children, is a consequence of the failure of the authorities to heed warnings that unless measures were taken to protect the community, more attacks would take place, said Amnesty International today.
Region Americas
Country Colombia
27 August 2009

Afghanistan: Kandahar bombing and NATO clinic attack, highlight increasing danger to civilians

As uncertainty surrounds the outcome of presidential elections in Afghanistan, civilians are at greater danger than at any time since the fall of the Taleban, Amnesty International warned today following a series of attacks on civilians by anti-government groups in Kandahar and today’s attack on a hospital clinic by a NATO helicopter.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
26 August 2009

Timor-Leste: No justice ten years after independence vote

The UN Security Council should establish an International Criminal tribunal with jurisdiction over all grave human rights violations surrounding Timor-Leste’s 1999 independence referendum and in the previous 24 years of Indonesian occupation, said Amnesty International in a report published today to mark the 10th anniversary of independence vote.
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Timor Leste
25 August 2009

The Philippines: Displaced civilians at risk despite Mindanao ceasefire

More than 200,000 civilians in central Mindanao are still vulnerable to abuses despite the recent ceasefire between the Philippine army and the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), warns Amnesty International in a new report published today.

The report, Philippines: Shattered lives, beyond the 2008 – 2009 Mindanao armed conflict, details the risks that hundreds of thousands of people face as they are forced to live in camps or makeshift shelters, sometimes surrounded by a heavy military presence. Many of the displaced are still unable to return to their homes following the implementation of a ceasefire on 29 July 2009.

“The vulnerability and uncertainty which civilians in central Mindanao face makes it imperative that the government and the MILF put human rights at the top of their agenda during future peace talks, ” said Donna Guest, Amnesty International’s  Asia Pacific  Deputy Director.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
21 August 2009

India: Illegal detention of 11 year old girl in Manipur must be investigated

Amnesty International is calling for the government of India to launch an independent investigation into allegations that an 11 year old girl was illegally detained by police in the state of Manipur to force her parents - suspected of links with local armed opposition groups to give themselves up.

Bidyarani Devi Salam was taken from her home by security forces on the morning of 14 August and held in police custody for five days. Her illegal detention triggered hundreds of protestors to take to the streets and call for her release.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India
21 August 2009

USA: Denial of parole to Leonard Peltier after more than 32 years in prison, disappointing

Amnesty International today regretted the US Parole Commission’s decision not to grant Leonard Peltier parole despite concerns about the fairness of his 1977 conviction for murder. The organization called for the immediate release on parole of the activist, who is serving two consecutive life sentences and has spent more than 32 years in prison.
Region Americas
Country USA
20 August 2009

Tunisia: “Plus ça change” on human rights, says Amnesty International

The Tunisian authorities continue to commit human rights violations in the name of security and counter-terrorism, yet other states continue to forcibly return Tunisian nationals at risk of torture and other abuses or to threaten such returns, Amnesty International said in a new report today.
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Tunisia

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