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30 July 2014

Israel/Gaza: Attack on UN school in Gaza a potential war crime that must be investigated

An attack overnight on the Jabaliya elementary school in Gaza, where more than 3,000 displaced civilians had sought refuge, is a possible war crime and should be independently investigated, said Amnesty International today. The attack killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more at the school, which is located inside the very densely populated Jabaliya Refugee Camp. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
30 July 2014

Azerbaijan: Abysmal record of human rights continues as activist arrested

The persecution of human rights activists continues unabated in Azerbaijan, in spite of the obligations the country committed to as a member of Council of Europe and currently a chair of its decision making body, the Committee of Ministers

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Azerbaijan
29 July 2014

Burundi: Fears mount amid escalating political violence and government crackdown

Burundi’s ruling party is perpetrating a relentless campaign of intimidation against government critics and its youth wing is carrying out crimes with impunity ahead of next year’s election, warns Amnesty International in a report published today.

Region Africa
Country Burundi
29 July 2014

USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released

Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on the US authorities to grant her clemency, release her immediately, and to urgently investigate the potential human rights violations exposed by the leaks.

Region Americas
Country USA
29 July 2014

Kosovo: KLA leaders to be indicted for crimes against humanity

Longstanding impunity for crimes against humanity in Kosovo will be challenged after today’s announcement that former leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) will be indicted for the abduction, inhumane treatment and killing of Kosovo Serbs and ethnic Albanians believed to oppose the KLA in 1999

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Serbia
29 July 2014

EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade

The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and technologies that have no practical  use other than to torture, ill-treat or execute individuals, said Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation, as experts meet in Brussels today to strengthen current regulations. 

Tags
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
25 July 2014

Holistic human rights education essential to make schools safer

Mechanisms to prevent violence against children in schools must be holistic, sustained, consistent in their intent and focused on upholding human rights, Amnesty International India said today, following the dissemination of new guidelines on safety measures in schools by the government of Karnataka.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India
25 July 2014

Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech

The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous attempt to silence dissenting voices, said Amnesty International.


Region Africa
Country Swaziland
24 July 2014

USA: Another ‘botched’ execution, abolition the only solution

The prolonged execution of a prisoner in Arizona yesterday represents another wake-up call for authorities in the USA to abolish the death penalty, said Amnesty International.

Tags
  • Death Penalty
Region Americas
Country USA
24 July 2014

Ireland must amend abortion laws after sharp UN criticism

The Irish authorities must take urgent action to bring the country’s flawed abortion laws in line with its international human rights obligations, Amnesty International said following the UN Human Rights Committee’s strongly worded criticism of the Ireland’s stance on abortion

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Ireland

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