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Press Releases

23 April 2014

Foreign domestic workers in Qatar: Shocking cases of deception, forced labour, violence

The Qatari authorities are failing to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Qatar
23 April 2014

China: End persecution of detained Uighur religious leader after prison term increased for fifth time

The relentless persecution of an ethnic Uighur religious leader must stop, said Amnesty International, as it called on the Chinese authorities to disclose why Abdukiram Abduveli’s prison term has been increased for a fifth time. 

  • Activists,
  • Detention,
  • Discrimination,
  • Prison Conditions,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
22 April 2014

Amnesty International to launch report on attacks on journalists in Pakistan

On Wednesday 30 April 2014, Amnesty International will launch a major new report on attacks on journalists in Pakistan.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
17 April 2014

Nepal: Reject draft truth and reconciliation bill

Nepali legislators should reject problematic provisions of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bill introduced in parliament on April 9, 2014, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today. Despite a January 2 directive from the Nepali Supreme Court that the law must meet international legal standards, the bill contains provisions for amnesty that violate international law.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Nepal
17 April 2014

Turkey: Gezi Park Protest Twitter trial

Amnesty International will be monitoring the trial of 29 people who tweeted messages on the social media site in the first days of the Gezi Park protests last June

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey
17 April 2014

Spain: Amnesty International report on police violations and repression

Peaceful protest is under threat in Spain with police using excessive force against peaceful demonstrators and the Spanish government planning to strengthen repressive legislation

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Spain
17 April 2014

Bahrain: End threats to Shi’a cleric stripped of nationality

Bahrain’s government must end its intimidation of a Shi’a Muslim cleric who was stripped of his nationality, said Amnesty International. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Bahrain
16 April 2014

Israel: Lift ‘ludicrous’ restrictions on whistleblower Vanunu decade after release

Ten years after serving a full sentence for his revelations to the press about Israel’s nuclear weapons programme, Mordechai Vanunu still faces severe restrictions that arbitrarily infringe on his freedom of movement, expression and association, said Amnesty International.

Region Middle East And North Africa
16 April 2014

Saudi Arabia jails lawyer and human rights activist in ongoing crackdown on dissent

Saudi Arabia must immediately release prominent human rights activist and lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who was arrested following his fifth hearing at the Specialized Criminal Court on Tuesday and taken to al-Ha’ir prison without an explanation, said Amnesty International. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Saudi Arabia
15 April 2014

Leading artists tackle torture, arms trade and sexual slavery for Amnesty International with limited edition “Freedom Candles”

A globally admired artistic duo has created 30 limited edition “Freedom Candles” which will shortly be auctioned on eBay in support of Amnesty International's work in promoting human rights.

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