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

Eastern Ukraine: Humanitarian disaster looms as food aid blocked

Pro-Kyiv volunteer battalions are increasingly blocking humanitarian aid into eastern Ukraine in a move which will exacerbate a pending humanitarian crisis in the run up to Christmas and New Year.  Read more »

Iraq: Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence

Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State, highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.  Read more »

Arms Trade Treaty marks historic breakthrough for human rights after two-decade campaign

The global Arms Trade Treaty enters into force on 24 December, marking a breakthrough for human rights after more than two decades of campaigning by Amnesty International and its NGO partners around the world.  Read more »

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The series of attacks, allegedly by armed groups, on unarmed civilians in Assam that has led to the death of at least 50 people and serious injuries to several others is highly condemnable and shows contempt for human lives.

With the global Arms Trade Treaty entering into force this week, Amnesty International spoke to Clare da Silva, a lawyer who assisted the organization with legal and policy advice over many years through to the treaty negotiations at the United Nations.

Pro-Kyiv volunteer battalions are increasingly blocking humanitarian aid into eastern Ukraine in a move which will exacerbate a pending humanitarian crisis in the run up to Christmas and New Year. 

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