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Juan Mendez: The torturers’ worst nightmare

10 December 2014

On the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention against Torture, the man in charge of pushing states to stamp out the despicable practice, a torture survivor himself, looks back at his harrowing experience and the challenges facing the global fight against torture.

Brazil: Five decades on, a key step towards truth and justice for dictatorship’s crimes

10 December 2014

Today’s presentation of the final report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission marks an historic step in the country’s efforts to obtain justice for crimes against humanity and other violations during the military dictatorship.

Death of Palestinian minister highlights excessive force by Israeli army

10 December 2014

The death of a Palestinian minister during a protest against land confiscations in the West Bank may have resulted from arbitrary and abusive force by Israeli forces against demonstrators, said Amnesty International.

Moses Akatugba - 'His heart beats just like mine'

9 December 2014

Tosin Francis is a passionate human rights activist from Nigeria. She tells us why she is supporting Moses Akatugba during Write for Rights, who was just a schoolboy when he was arrested and tortured. Last year he was sentenced to death.

Americas: Violence on the rise against those defending human rights

9 December 2014

Campaigners, lawyers, journalists, community leaders and trade unionists, all human rights defenders who put their lives and liberty at risk in the fight for human rights, continue to suffer intimidation, harassment and violence across Latin America and the Caribbean according to a new Amnesty International report published today. 

Israel's destruction of multistorey buildings: extensive, wanton and unjustified

9 December 2014

Air strikes on landmark buildings at the tail end of the Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in August 2014 were a deliberate and direct attack on civilian buildings and amount to war crimes. 

Thailand: Free speech crackdown creating ‘spiral into silence’

9 December 2014

Thailand’s military authorities must halt the alarming deterioration in respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including ending the unprecedented use of the lèse-majesté law.

30 years of torture convention - states still failing on obligations

9 December 2014

On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture, Amnesty International is calling upon states not to obstruct efforts to prevent the appalling practice and to uphold their commitments under international law to bring it to an end.

USA: Senate summary report on CIA detention programme must not be end of story

9 December 2014

A Senate committee report summary detailing torture methods used as part of a secret US detention and interrogation programme is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity for the many appalling human rights violations perpetrated in the name of “national security”. 

Russia: Burning down homes after Chechnya clashes appears to be collective punishment

9 December 2014

Authorities in Russia must urgently investigate the burning down of at least five houses believed to belong to the relatives of 11 men accused of carrying out an armed attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny. 

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