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

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20 November 2014

A new tool to enable journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for known surveillance spyware has been released today by Amnesty International and a coalition of human rights and technology organizations.

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20 November 2014

Read everything you need to know about Detekt, a new free tool that scans your computer for traces of known surveillance spyware used by governments to target and monitor human rights defenders and journalists around the world. 

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20 November 2014

The trials of two leading activists in China on Friday will lay bare the authorities’ duplicity over the rule of law.

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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.

 

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19 November 2014

30 years ago the world adopted the Convention against Torture, a ground-breaking document that became instrumental in the fight for justice. Sir Nigel Rodley remembers some of the key moments that made it become a reality.

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18 November 2014

Scores of activists in the UAE have been harassed, arrested and in some cases tortured in custody according to a new report by Amnesty International that sheds light on the government's repressive tactics.

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18 November 2014

China's efforts to have a greater say in the global rules for the web is further evidence internet freedom is under a sustained attack.

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18 November 2014

Armed men who attacked worshippers at a synagogue in West Jerusalem killing four Israelis and injuring eight this morning have displayed an utter contempt for fundamental principles of humanity.

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18 November 2014

The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said. 

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18 November 2014

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice.

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17 November 2014

The Chinese authorities appear to have intensified the crackdown against mainland activists for peacefully supporting the Hong Kong protests following reports one faces the charge of “inciting subversion”.

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14 November 2014

The Egyptian authorities must immediately release and refrain from deporting at least 66 refugees from Syria and Gaza, including a number of children, who are unlawfully detained in the country.

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14 November 2014

India’s government has today agreed to use medical and scientific data to accordingly increase a multi-million dollar compensation claim against Union Carbide over the 1984 gas leak from the company's pesticide plant that poisoned more than half a million people. 

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13 November 2014

Court documents revealed by Amnesty International today expose the fact that Shell has repeatedly made false claims about the size and impact of two major oil spills at Bodo in Nigeria in an attempt to minimize its compensation payments.

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12 November 2014

Qatar’s authorities are lagging severely behind on efforts to address the rampant abuse of migrant workers’ rights, Amnesty International said six months after the government announced a series of reforms to tackle exploitation ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

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12 November 2014

The USA should use its appearance before the UN Committee against Torture to commit itself to justice for the grave human rights violations—including torture and enforced disappearances—committed by US personnel.

 

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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. 

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12 November 2014

 The Mauritanian authorities must stop the harassment, intimidation and repression of anti-slavery activists, Amnesty International said today following the arrest of a number of high-profile campaigners. 

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10 November 2014

Philippine authorities are failing to tackle torture as not a single perpetrator has been convicted under a landmark anti-torture law that came into effect five years ago today, despite evidence that the practice is prevalent.

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10 November 2014

The announcement by Kuwait that tens of thousands of stateless people in the country known as the Bidun might be able to obtain “economic citizenship” of the Union of the Comoros is a shameless betrayal of Kuwait's international human rights obligations.

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