CAR: Full deployment of UN peacekeepers urgently needed to protect civilian lives

15 September 2014

The new United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic must be urgently brought up to full capacity to enable it to ensure the protection of a civilian population vulnerable to serious human rights violations.

Mediterranean migrant boat shipwrecks highlight need for EU action

15 September 2014

European leaders must do more to provide safe and legal ways for refugees and migrants to access international protection in the European Union.

Pakistan: Stop first civilian execution in six years

15 September 2014

Pakistan should immediately scrap apparent plans to carry out the first civilian execution in almost six years and instead impose a moratorium on the use of the death penalty 

Egypt: Release women’s rights defender, protesters arrested for challenging draconian protest law

12 September 2014

The Egyptian authorities must release activists who were arrested simply for defying the country’s repressive protest law and are due to stand trial on 13 September.

Pakistan: Malala arrests must lead to better protection for human rights defenders

12 September 2014

Today’s arrest of the suspects in the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai offers an important opportunity for the authorities to address their poor record in protecting human rights defenders in Pakistan.

Thailand: No let-up in spiral of repression 100 days after military takeover

11 September 2014

Hundreds of arbitrary detentions, reports of torture and other ill-treatment, sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and unfair trials in military courts are creating a climate of fear in Thailand, and there are no signs of a let-up.

Gambia: President should reject homophobic law

10 September 2014

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia should not sign a new Criminal Code amendment that would increase the punishment for “aggravated homosexuality” to life in prison.

Afghanistan: Urgent inquiry needed after new US airstrike increases civilian death toll

10 September 2014

The reported killing of 14 civilians, including two children, in a US/NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan highlights the urgent need for transparent investigations and justice for civilian casualties caused by foreign troops in the country.

Yemen: Violent crushing of protest signals alarming escalation in standoff with Huthis

9 September 2014

The killing by government security forces of at least six protesters in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, must be promptly and impartially investigated, said Amnesty International.

Ukraine must stop ongoing abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces

8 September 2014

In a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk today, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty urged the Ukrainian government to stop abuses and war crimes by volunteer battalions operating alongside regular Ukrainian armed forces.