Annual Report 2013
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28 March 2014

Saudi Arabia: President Obama must not shirk responsibility to tackle human rights during visit

President Barack Obama must break the US administration’s silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record by taking a strong public stand against the systematic violations in the Kingdom during his visit there this week, said Amnesty International.

 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Saudi Arabia
28 March 2014

North Korea: UN vote a positive step to end crimes against humanity

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice, said Amnesty International. 

Tags
  • United Nations
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country North Korea
27 March 2014

Death penalty 2013: Executions no solution to violent crime in the Caribbean

Governments in some Caribbean countries keep threatening to bring back executions to stem a rising tide of violent crime, ignoring genuinely effective long-term criminal justice solutions, said Amnesty International today at the launch of its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

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  • Death Penalty
27 March 2014

Death penalty 2013: Pacific maintains clean death penalty record

The Pacific maintained a clean record on capital punishment last year and remained the only region in the world that is virtually death penalty-free, Amnesty International said today as it issued its report on the global use of the death penalty in 2013. 

Tags
  • Death Penalty
27 March 2014

Death Penalty 2013: Shroud of secrecy around executions in Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific region saw a disturbing level of secrecy around executions in 2013, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

Tags
  • Death Penalty
27 March 2014

Death Penalty 2013: Isolated countries behind a rise in executions in Africa

Alarming levels of death penalty use in an isolated group of countries led to a more than 50 per cent rise in executions across Africa in 2013 compared to the year before, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty.

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  • Death Penalty
27 March 2014

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

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  • Death Penalty
27 March 2014

Turkey: Move to block YouTube ahead of elections points to growing censorship

The Turkish authorities’ move today to block access to YouTube on the eve of Sunday’s elections, and not long after they restricted access to Twitter, smacks of a wider pre-meditated crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. 

 

Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey
27 March 2014

Pakistan: Christian man sentenced to death under blasphemy law

The Pakistani authorities should immediately release a Christian man sentenced to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws and quash his conviction, Amnesty International said today.

Tags
  • Death Penalty
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
27 March 2014

UN investigation brings new hope for justice in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government must end a nationwide crackdown on dissent and cooperate with UN investigators, Amnesty International said today after the UN Human Rights Council established an inquiry into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country. 

 
Tags
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • United Nations
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka

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