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Thailand: Deepening repression as high-profile activist arrested, others summoned by military courts

6 June 2014

The arrest of a high-profile anti-coup protest leader and military court summons of seven peaceful protesters are the latest moves in a systematic and widening crackdown on key human rights by Thailand’s military, Amnesty International said. 

Pakistan: Ban of major private TV network is ‘attack on press freedom’

6 June 2014

The Pakistani government’s suspension of Geo TV, the country’s largest private broadcaster, is a politically motivated attack on freedom of expression and the media, Amnesty International said. 

Brazil: Dangerous brew of police abuses and impunity threatens to mar World Cup

5 June 2014

Protesters taking to the streets across Brazil during the upcoming World Cup risk facing indiscriminate police and military violence as the country steps up efforts to control demonstrations, Amnesty International said a week before the start of the tournament.

Demand for whistleblower protection and privacy on anniversary of Snowden leaks

5 June 2014

There is an urgent need for international protection for whistleblowers and major reform to protect the right to privacy, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of Edward Snowden’s revelations on the extent of government spy networks in various countries across the world.


Northern Ireland: Those who condoned or authorized use of torture must be held accountable

5 June 2014

Allegations that the UK Government sanctioned the use of torture in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, and failed to disclose relevant evidence to the European Court of Human Rights, underline the failure to deliver a comprehensive mechanism to deal with the past.


Children among 15 civilians summarily killed in northern Syria

5 June 2014

Amnesty International has obtained details of a horrific raid in which 15 civilians, including seven children, were summarily killed on 29 May in a village in northern Syria raising fears of further attacks against residents in the area. 

Peru: Five years on from Bagua violence and still no justice for victims

5 June 2014

The Peruvian authorities must ensure that all those suspected of criminal responsibility in the tragic events in Bagua are brought to justice.

Ireland: ‘Tuam babies’ mass grave allegations must spark urgent investigation

5 June 2014

Disturbing revelations about an unmarked “mass grave” of up to 800 babies and children found in Tuam, a town in the west of Ireland, must prompt urgent answers from the Irish Government about the wider issue of past child abuse in religious-run institutions, said Amnesty International today. 

Egypt’s plan for mass surveillance of social media an attack on internet privacy and freedom of expression

4 June 2014

A call for tenders to introduce a new system to carry out indiscriminate mass surveillance of social media in Egypt would deal a devastating blow to the rights to privacy and freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International.

Tiananmen’s ‘Most Wanted’ – Four inspiring activists remember the crackdown – Part Two

3 June 2014

In the second of a two-part series, two individuals whose names appeared in China’s “Most Wanted” list for their role in the Tiananmen protests in 1989 shared their experiences with Amnesty International.

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