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20 November 2014

UK: Threat of High Court action spurs review of corporate conspiracy claim

UK authorities must launch a long-overdue criminal investigation into a British company’s role in one of the worst toxic waste dumping incidents of the last decade, Amnesty International said today after the Environment Agency finally agreed to review evidence submitted by the organization.

Tags
  • Business And Human Rights,
  • Demand Dignity,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Human Rights Standards,
  • Impunity,
  • Medical And Health,
  • Trials And Legal Systems,
  • Demand Dignity
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country UK
18 November 2014

UAE: Ruthless crackdown on dissent exposes ‘ugly reality’ beneath façade of glitz and glamour

Scores of activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been harassed, arrested and in some cases tortured in custody according to a new report by Amnesty International that sheds light on the repressive tactics widely used by the government to silence its critics.

Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country UAE
18 November 2014

Internet freedom faces new attack as China seeks to shape global web rules

The Chinese government’s increasing efforts to influence global cyberspace rules is a further sign that internet freedom is under a sustained attack, said Amnesty International, ahead of China’s first World Internet Conference.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
18 November 2014

Israel/OPT: Killing of worshippers at synagogue an ‘abhorrent attack’

Armed men who attacked worshippers at a synagogue in West Jerusalem killing four Israelis and injuring eight this morning have displayed an utter contempt for fundamental principles of humanity, said Amnesty International.  

Region Middle East And North Africa
18 November 2014

Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests and torture

The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said. 

Tags
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Region Africa
Country Gambia
18 November 2014

North Korea: UN vote a crucial step to ensure perpetrators of crimes against humanity face justice

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

Tags
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country North Korea
17 November 2014

Amnesty International to deliver petition against sexual violence to Tunisian authorities

Amnesty International will deliver a petition signed by 198,128 members and activists to Tunisian authorities on 18 November, demanding the protection of women and girl survivors of sexual violence. 

Tags
  • Women,
  • My Body My Rights
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Tunisia
17 November 2014

China: Activist faces ‘subversion’ charge for supporting Hong Kong protests

The Chinese authorities appear to have intensified the crackdown against mainland activists for peacefully supporting the Hong Kong protests, Amnesty International said, following reports one faces the charge of “inciting subversion”.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
17 November 2014

UN: Stand With North Korea’s Victims

The UN General Assembly should adopt resolution seeking justice for crimes against humanity in North Korea. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country North Korea
15 November 2014

G20 leaders must announce and deliver on concrete actions to stop Ebola

Leaders of the G20 states gathering this week-end in Australia must act immediately to ensure all the personnel, equipment and funding required to halt the Ebola outbreak are made available without any discrimination, a number of leading  international non-governmental organisations said today. 

Region Africa
Country Sierra Leone

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