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Press Releases

28 January 2015

Nigeria: Nigerian authorities were warned of Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno

New evidence shows that the Nigerian military were repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno which claimed hundreds of lives, and failed to take adequate action to protect civilians, said Amnesty International. According to a senior military source and other evidence gathered by Amnesty International, commanders at the military base in Baga regularly informed military headquarters in November and December 2014 of the threat of a Boko Haram attack and repeatedly requested reinforcements. Other military sources and witnesses have told Amnesty International that the military in Monguno had an advanced warning of the Boko Haram attack on 25 January.

Region Africa
Country Nigeria
28 January 2015

Mexico: Attorney General risks curtailing investigation into disappeared students

The announcement by the Mexican Attorney General that all the missing Ayotzinapa students are dead is premature and risks curtailing a full and thorough investigation into this tragedy, said Amnesty International today. 

Region Americas
Country Mexico
27 January 2015

Libya: Targeted sanctions and accountability crucial to ending spiralling war crimes in Benghazi

Targeted UN sanctions and accountability, including through the International Criminal Court (ICC), are urgently needed to end rampant abductions, torture, summary killings and other abuses by rival forces in Libya, some of which amount to war crimes, according to a new briefing published by Amnesty International today.  

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Libya
26 January 2015

Torture: More fun in the Philippines? - New video spoofs “wheel of torture”

One year ago this week, the revelation that Philippine police in Laguna had used a “wheel of torture” to decide how to torture detainees shocked the world. But despite the global headlines, one year later no one has been held to account – a sad indictment of the police’s casual attitude towards torture and the almost complete impunity that surrounds it. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
26 January 2015

Oman: Health of activist on hunger strike deteriorating severely

The health of a prisoner of conscience on hunger strike in Oman has deteriorated seriously, Amnesty International warned ahead of his imminent transfer to the capital Muscat for a court hearing.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Oman
25 January 2015

Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri: hundreds of thousands of civilians at grave risk

A failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis said Amnesty International with reports of two large scale attacks in Nigeria on the major north-eastern city of Maiduguri as well as the nearby town of Monguno.

  • Armed Groups
23 January 2015

Davos/France: Newly announced anti-terror measures put human rights at risk

As President Francois Hollande prepares to speak at Davos in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Amnesty International warns that new proposed counter-terrorism laws risk violating the freedom of expression and other human rights. 

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country France
23 January 2015

Media Advisory - South Africa: A climate of impunity continues to fuel violence against refugees and migrants

Refugees, migrants and their small businesses continue to be the targets of attacks resulting from failed policing across the country, Amnesty International said today. 

  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
Region Africa
Country South Africa
22 January 2015

Saudi Arabia: Doctors find Raif Badawi unfit for flogging on health grounds second week in a row

The planned flogging of Raif Badawi will be suspended this Friday after a medical committee assessed that he should not undergo a second round of lashes on health grounds. 


Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Saudi Arabia
22 January 2015

South Sudan: African Union should publish Commission of Inquiry report, ensure accountability

The African Union (AU) should immediately publish the report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, said Amnesty International, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights), and the South Sudan Law Society. 

  • Activists,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes
Region Africa
Country South Sudan

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