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Ireland: Decision to reopen 'Hooded Men' court case a triumph of justice after four decades of waiting

2 December 2014

The Irish Government’s request to reopen the landmark 1978 European Court of Human Rights judgment in Ireland v UK is a triumph of justice after more than 40 years of waiting, said Amnesty International today.

New poll backs calls for US corporation to face court over Bhopal disaster

1 December 2014

New poll results published today show clear public support, in both India and the USA, for US corporation Union Carbide to face an Indian court over the Bhopal gas leak disaster which left more than 20,000 people dead and poisoned more than half a million in 1984. 

Bahrain: Maryam Al-Khawaja remains defiant after in absentia prison sentence

1 December 2014

Leading Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja has told Amnesty International she is determined to continue to expose abuses in the Gulf state despite being sentenced today, in absentia, to one year in prison. 

Back to Bhopal: A photographer’s view of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters

30 November 2014

Photographer Raghu Rai was one of the first on the scene capturing the aftermath of the gas leak from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, 1984. Thirty years later, he went back. Here's the story. 

Amnesty International launches Write for Rights, the largest human rights campaign of 2014

28 November 2014

Millions of Amnesty International supporters from around the globe are set to take part in Write for Rights, the world’s largest annual human rights campaign launching on 3 December. 

Hong Kong: Heavy-handed policing will only inflame protests

28 November 2014

Hong Kong’s police chief must urgently stamp out any arbitrary and excessive use of force by police officers, with thousands of pro-democracy protesters expected to take to the streets again over the weekend. 

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

28 November 2014

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

Colombia’s land restitution process failing those forced off their land

27 November 2014

Threats and killings coupled with the weak implementation of flawed legislation are scuppering the Colombian government’s promise to return millions of hectares of land illegally snatched from peasant farmers, Indigenous People and Afro-descendant communities.

15 facts about Colombia’s land restitution process

27 November 2014

Read Amnesty International's 15 facts about Colombia's land restitution process.  

Égalité?: Traveller and holocaust survivor talks of violence at the hands of the French police

27 November 2014

Raymond Gûreme experienced years of abuse at the hands of the Nazis in France for being a Traveller. Now, seven decades later, he lives like many Travellers on the margins of society with discrimination still part of his daily life. Read his incredible story.

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