Viet Nam: Police beatings outside court amid crackdown on activism

26 August 2014

The Vietnamese authorities must stop attacks on peaceful activists, Amnesty International said after three human rights defenders were sentenced to jail and police beat and arrested their supporters. 

‘Public execution’ in football stadium shows Libya’s descent into lawlessness

22 August 2014

A shocking video showing an execution-style killing by an armed group at a football stadium in eastern Libya highlights the authorities’ failure to prevent parts of the country descending into lawlessness.

China: Death row inmate freed after six years of trials and appeals

22 August 2014

The rare acquittal of a death row prisoner in China, who had languished in prison through six years’ of appeals, is another reminder of the need to immediately end all executions and abolish the death penalty in the country.

Saudi Arabia: Scheduled beheading reflects authorities’ callous disregard to human rights

22 August 2014

The current surge in executions in Saudi Arabia is continuing unabated with another beheading scheduled for Monday 25 August, said Amnesty International today.

Gaza: Hamas must end summary executions as ‘informers’ face firing squad

22 August 2014

At least 18 more Palestinians are put to death by firing squad for allegedly providing information to Israel.

Mali: Children paying a high price in ongoing conflict

21 August 2014

Children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue.

Exploited in the southern sun

21 August 2014

After fleeing their homes and surviving a perilous Mediterranean crossing, African migrants in Italy are falling prey to labor gangs.

Q&A - South Sudan: A nation awash with arms

21 August 2014

South Sudan is awash with weapons and thousands of people have been killed as government and opposition forces commit grave human rights violations and abuses. 

Syria: ‘Beheading’ of US reporter a war crime that highlights ‘chilling’ risk to journalists

20 August 2014

The apparent execution-style killing by the Islamic State (IS) armed group of a US reporter who went missing in Syria constitutes a war crime.

Nigeria: Destitute victims of forced eviction must be adequately compensated

19 August 2014

The World Bank endorsed the Lagos state government’s inadequate compensation package for thousands of people forcibly evicted from an informal settlement.