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China: Fears of crackdown ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

24 March 2014

The Chinese authorities must end the persecution of all those trying to remember victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, after a man was jailed for 18 months on Monday.

Egypt: More than 500 sentenced to death in ‘grotesque’ ruling

24 March 2014

Today’s mass death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court are a grotesque example of the shortcomings and the selective nature of Egypt's justice system, Amnesty International said. 

Turkey: Pre-election Twitter shutdown brings internet freedom to a new low

21 March 2014

The first ever tweet was sent eight years ago today. No-one will be celebrating this landmark on the social media site in Turkey, however: the government has just shut it down. Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to immediately reverse the decision to block the social media site. 

 

China: Attempt to block tribute to rights activist at UN ‘an insulting ploy’

20 March 2014

The Chinese government’s attempt to block a tribute by the UN Human Rights Council to Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights activist, who died in detention is disgraceful, said Amnesty International.  

Venezuela: Arrest of local mayor signals potential “witch hunt”

20 March 2014

The arrest of a Venezuelan mayor for his alleged involvement in anti-government protests is a signal of the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

Côte d’Ivoire: Former militia leader’s transfer to the ICC a first step to justice

20 March 2014

The decision taken today by Côte d’Ivoire to send former militia leader Charles Blé Goudé, accused of crimes against humanity, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a key step towards justice for the victims of serious crimes following elections three years ago, said Amnesty International.

 

Ukraine: Nationalist MP launches brutal attack against TV executive

19 March 2014

A violent attack by a nationalist member of parliament against the head of one of Ukraine’s leading TV channel yesterday must be urgently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice.

Sri Lankan government amplifies its ‘dirty tactics’ during UN session

19 March 2014

The Sri Lankan government’s ongoing dirty tactics to silence and smear dissidents are a brazen attempt to deflect criticism as the country faces fresh scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Amnesty International said today.

UN: Mexico must address dire human rights situation with concrete actions not rhetoric

19 March 2014

Mexico must put into action the promises it makes to the United Nations Human Rights Council tomorrow if it is to address the dire human rights situation in the country.

Saudi Arabia must back concessions on human rights with action

19 March 2014

Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination. 

 

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