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

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06 December 2011

A hardline group of Asian countries are defying the global trend against the death penalty and putting to death thousands of people after unfair trials.

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21 September 2011

Death row prisoner Troy Davis has been executed in the state of Georgia despite serious doubts surrounding his conviction

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16 September 2011

Beijing urged to show clemency to Syed Zahid Hussain Shah, who is due to be executed next week.

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28 July 2011

Chiou Ho-shun, who has been detained for 23 years, is now on death row facing execution following the rejection of his appeal by the Supreme Court

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27 May 2011

Indian President Pratibha Patil approves the executions of two death row prisoners, according to media reports.

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05 April 2011

A young Malaysian man faces imminent hanging after his final appeal failed in Singapore

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04 March 2011

The executions come four weeks after President Ma Ying-jeou formally apologised for the execution of an innocent man in 1997.

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27 October 2010

Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian King to halt the execution of a young Sri Lankan woman who has lost her appeal against a death sentence for a murder committed when she says she was 17.

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23 August 2010

If passed, the amendments would remove the death penalty from white collar crimes such as tax fraud, which already rarely receive the punishment.

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16 August 2010

Amnesty International condemns the executions of two people for 'eloping', carried out in a Taleban-controlled village in the province of Kunduz.

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10 August 2010

Amnesty International calls for prosecutions following the release of a UN report showing a rise in targeted killings of Afghan civilians.

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28 July 2010

Amnesty International has condemned the executions of two Japanese men in the first death sentences carried out since the country's new government came to power last year.

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19 July 2010

Alan Shadrake was arrested for criminal defamation after he published a book critical of the country's use of the death penalty.

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18 March 2010

President Ma Ying-jeou urged to ensure that the country's de facto moratorium on executions remains in place.

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25 February 2010

Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.

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25 February 2010

In a five to four ruling, the Court stated that capital punishment did not violate "human dignity and worth" protected in the Constitution.

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14 January 2010
Amnesty International has welcomed President Tsakhia Elbegdorj's move as an important development toward full abolition of the death penalty.
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