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USA: Texas must halt ‘shameful’ execution of man with severe mental disability

28 November 2014

The State of Texas should immediately halt its unconstitutional and shameful plans to execute a man with severe mental illness, said Amnesty International with the scheduled execution now less than a week away. 

Campaign targets violence and discrimination against women and girls

25 November 2014

Amnesty International supporters worldwide today join the 16 Days against Gender Violence campaign to challenge violence and discrimination against women and girls, including the denial of sexual and reproductive rights. 

DRC: Belgian mining giant lied over bulldozing homes

24 November 2014

A Belgian mining company, Groupe Forrest International, has consistently lied about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has denied justice to those affected.

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

20 November 2014

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.

 

India: Dow Chemical a no-show in court hearing over Bhopal disaster

12 November 2014

US chemical giant Dow has dodged justice again today by failing to comply with an Indian court summons over the catastrophic 1984 gas leak in Bhopal. 

Eastern Ukraine: Both sides responsible for indiscriminate attacks

6 November 2014

The killing of a schoolboy and an 18-year-old during shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Wednesday highlights a larger pattern of indiscriminate attacks which could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said today. 

Bangladesh: Fresh death sentences show urgent need to end executions

3 November 2014

Bangladesh must immediately impose a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty and ensure that political interference does not mar judicial processes, Amnesty International said after the confirmation of two fresh death sentences over two days.

Bangladesh: Death penalty will not bring justice for crimes during independence war

29 October 2014

The death sentence against a leading opposition figure in Bangladesh for war crimes will not bring justice to the millions of victims of the independence war.

Gambia must heed UN warning to improve its human rights record

28 October 2014

 The Gambian authorities must heed a warning from the international community about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, Amnesty International said today.

Countries urge El Salvador to change repressive abortion laws

28 October 2014

El Salvador came under pressure from nine countries at the United Nations last night to amend its repressive and out-dated abortion laws. The effects of these laws amount to institutionalized violence, torture and other forms of ill-treatment against women and girls.

Nigeria releases man who barely escaped the gallows after 19 years on death row

27 October 2014

The release of a man who spent 19 years on death row in Nigeria and was seconds away from execution last year painfully illustrates the inherent brutality and unfairness of the death penalty.

Iran: Halt execution of woman set to be hanged at dawn

24 October 2014

The Iranian authorities must stop the execution of a woman due to be hanged tomorrow morning after being convicted for the killing of a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her.

Pakistan: Upholding blasphemy death sentence against Christian woman 'a grave injustice'

16 October 2014

A Pakistani court’s decision to uphold the death sentence against a Christian woman convicted on blasphemy charges is a grave injustice.

Saudi Arabia: Appalling death sentence against Shi’a cleric must be quashed

15 October 2014

A death sentence passed today against a dissident Shi’a Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia for “disobeying the ruler”, “inciting sectarian strife” and “encouraging, leading and participating in demonstrations” after a deeply flawed trial is appalling and must be immediately quashed.

Uganda: Discriminatory legislation fuels repression and abuse

16 October 2014

Repressive and discriminatory legislation enacted over the last 18 months in Uganda has led to increasing state repression, violence and homophobic and gender-based discrimination.

Death Penalty: Countries continue to execute people with mental and intellectual disabilities

10 October 2014

Countries around the world continue to sentence to death or to execute people with mental and intellectual disabilities, in clear violation of international standards.

South Africa: Pregnant women and girls continue to die unnecessarily

9 October 2014

Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa. In part, this is because they fear their HIV status may be revealed as they access antenatal care services. 

Afghanistan: Execution of five men an affront to justice

8 October 2014

The execution of five men in Afghanistan who had been convicted over a gang rape following a series of flawed trials is an affront to justice.

‘My freedom defends yours’: Propaganda and truth about homophobia in Russia

11 October 2014

Activists in St. Petersburg explain how a history of seething homophobia and a sinister new "propaganda of homosexuality" law have brought fresh stigma and fear. 

Iran must halt imminent execution of 26-year-old woman

29 September 2014

Iranian authorities have today confirmed that a woman convicted of killing a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her will be hanged tomorrow morning at a prison west of Tehran.

Global Arms Trade Treaty – a beginners’ guide: 50th ratification update

25 September 2014

Amnesty International’s arms expert Brian Wood explains how the uncontrolled flow of arms is ruining millions of lives and how it can be stopped.

UN: Landmark Arms Trade Treaty to become reality with 50th ratification

25 September 2014

Protection for the millions of people whose lives are devastated by the poorly regulated global arms trade is set to take a giant leap forward, with the historic Arms Trade Treaty expected to surpass the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force.

 

El Salvador: Total ban on abortion is killing women and girls and condemning others to decades behind bars

25 September 2014

The government’s repressive and outdated total ban on abortion is blighting the lives of women and girls in El Salvador, pushing them to unsafe, clandestine abortions or forcing them through dangerous pregnancies.

Twelve facts about the abortion ban in El Salvador

25 September 2014

El Salvador has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. Abortion is totally banned in all circumstances and harsh prison sentences befall those accused of terminating a pregnancy. 

Dropped anti-abortion bill must usher in better protection of women’s rights in Spain

23 September 2014

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction, Amnesty International said today.

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

19 September 2014

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights.

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

19 September 2014

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights.

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 

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of war crimes and Russian involvement

7 September 2014

 Satellite images revealed by Amnesty International indicate a build-up of Russian armour and artillery in eastern Ukraine. 

Japan: Secret execution as authorities ignore calls for reform

29 August 2014

The execution of two men in Japan on Friday flies in the face of growing calls in the country to halt the use of capital punishment, said Amnesty International.

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.

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.

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. 

Saudi Arabia: Four relatives executed for hashish possession amid 'disturbing' surge in executions

18 August 2014

Executions bring the number of state killings in Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks to 17 - a rate of more than one execution per day. 

Egypt: As judges recuse themselves in Morsi protest trial, fears of mass death sentences persist

12 August 2014

As news breaks that three judges have recused themselves from a mass court case in Egypt, Amnesty International remains concerned that show trials followed by mass death sentences are becoming a grim trade mark of Egyptian justice. 

Stop US shipment of fuel to Israel's armed forces as evidence of Gaza war crimes mounts

4 August 2014

Amnesty International is appealing to the US government to immediately halt the transfer of a US fuel shipment currently on its way to Israel for use by the Israeli military.

USA: Stop arms transfers to Israel amid growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza

31 July 2014

The US government must immediately end its ongoing deliveries of large quantities of arms to Israel, which are providing the tools to commit further serious violations of international law in Gaza, said Amnesty International, as it called for a total arms embargo on all parties to the conflict. 

USA: Stop arms transfers to Israel amid growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza

31 July 2014

The US government must immediately end its ongoing deliveries of large quantities of arms to Israel, which are providing the tools to commit further serious violations of international law in Gaza, said Amnesty International, as it called for a total arms embargo on all parties to the conflict. 

EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade

29 July 2014

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.

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

24 July 2014

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.

Ireland must amend abortion laws after sharp UN criticism

24 July 2014

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. 

Massive leap backwards as Singapore resumes executions

18 July 2014

Singapore has taken a reprehensible U-turn by executing the first two prisoners since 2011, Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) said today.

UN: South Sudan arms embargo crucial after massive Chinese weapons transfer

17 July 2014

The United Nations Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan, Amnesty International urged after receiving reports of Chinese small arms and ammunition proliferation amongst both sides in the conflict. 

Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

16 July 2014

A woman from Finland who came out as transgender during her marriage should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status.

Israel/Gaza: UN must impose arms embargo and mandate an international investigation as civilian death toll rises

11 July 2014

Amnesty International is calling for a UN-mandated international investigation into violations committed on all sides amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip and continuing volleys of indiscriminate rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups into Israel. 

 

Italy: Many children among dozens left homeless by forced eviction in Rome

9 July 2014

The forced eviction of 39 people – 11 of them young children, including several babies – from a Roma settlement in a Rome suburb this morning is a blatant violation of international human rights law and standards that has left numerous families homeless, Amnesty International said.

 

South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine

8 July 2014

New evidence is emerging of ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both government and opposition forces in South Sudan, Amnesty International said as the country marks its third Independence Day.

DR Congo: Returned ICC witnesses must not face death penalty or torture

5 July 2014

The Congolese authorities and the International Criminal Court must do everything in their power to ensure that three men due to be returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend do not face the death penalty, torture or other serious human rights violations.

 

AU Summit decision a backward step for international justice

1 July 2014

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights.

Japan: Secret execution a stain on justice system

26 June 2014

The Japanese authorities’ determination to continue with secret executions despite growing concern on the use of the death penalty in the country is a scar on the justice system

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