Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights
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Press Releases

10 October 2013

Sri Lanka: Banning Commonwealth summit protests a blatant attempt to silence criticism

Sri Lanka’s reported decision to ban all protests in its capital Colombo and other locations around a key Commonwealth summit would be a blatant attempt to sweep human rights abuses under the carpet, said Amnesty International. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
10 October 2013

African states must reject calls to withdraw from the ICC

African states must reject calls to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, says Amnesty International.

  • Trials And Legal Systems
10 October 2013

Iraq: Dozens executed in two days amid increased violence

The Iraqi authorities must immediately halt all executions, Amnesty International said after 42 people were executed in the last two days. 

  • Death Penalty
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
9 October 2013

Egypt: Christians scapegoated after dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins

A detailed report into the attacks targeting Coptic Christian communities in August reveals the extent of the failure of the security services to protect the minority group, said Amnesty International.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
9 October 2013

Afghanistan: Protection of civilians must improve as security transition looms

The UN Security Council must ensure that the protection of civilians and the promotion of human rights lie at the heart of Afghan and international efforts in Afghanistan, Amnesty International said.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
9 October 2013

China: End “outrageous” police violence against Tibetan protesters

Chinese authorities must end excessive use of force against peaceful Tibetan protesters, Amnesty International said after police fired on and injured dozens of demonstrators.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
8 October 2013

Ensure justice for Tunisian torture victim exhumed after 22-year campaign

After years of uncertainty, the full facts in the iconic case of Faysal Baraket, a Tunisian student who died in police custody in 1991, are coming to light, bringing an end to years of denial and deception by the Tunisian authorities, said Amnesty International. 


Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Tunisia
8 October 2013

Joint Mobile Group Selected as the 2013 Laureate Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

The Joint Mobile Group was selected by the International Human Rights Community. The Award is given to Human Rights Defenders who have shown deep commitment and face great personal risk. The aim of the award is to provide protection through international recognition.

  • Activists
8 October 2013

Russia: Abhorrent use of punitive psychiatry to silence dissent

Today’s decision of a Moscow court to send Mikhail Kosenko to forcible treatment in a psychiatric institution is an abhorrent return to the Soviet-era practices used to silence dissent

Region Europe And Central Asia
7 October 2013

Kenya: Legislation urgently required to halt devastating forced evictions

The Kenyan government must put an immediate end to mass evictions until legal safeguards are put in place to protect the human rights of the thousands of residents living in slums and informal settlements who are affected, said Amnesty International.

Region Africa
Country Kenya

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