News & Updates

Guilty verdicts in landmark Nalchik trial expose horrors of Russian criminal justice system

23 December 2014

Jail sentences against 57 defendants accused of participating in an armed attack in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in 2005 are a huge miscarriage of justice.

Arms Trade Treaty marks historic breakthrough for human rights after two-decade campaign

22 December 2014

The global Arms Trade Treaty enters into force on 24 December, marking a breakthrough for human rights after more than two decades of campaigning by Amnesty International and its NGO partners around the world. 

Q&A: Global Arms Trade Treaty enters into force

22 December 2014

 On 24 December 2014, the Arms Trade Treaty is officially becoming international law, which could save the lives of millions.

Pakistan: Plans to execute 500 more prisoners ‘deeply disturbing’

22 December 2014

Pakistan's reported plans to execute 500 more people are “deeply disturbing” and would do nothing to protect civilians from the conflict with the Taliban.

South Korea: Ban on political party another sign of shrinking space for freedom of expression

19 December 2014

A decision by South Korea's Constitutional Court to dissolve an opposition political party could have chilling consequences for freedom of expression and association in the country.

Record number of UN member states back call for global end to executions

19 December 2014

A record number of countries have thrown their weight behind a key UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty globally.

UN: ‘Virtual stampede’ of states rush to join Arms Trade Treaty

19 December 2014

A flurry of activity by UN member states to sign and ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty before it enters into force next week is another clear sign of the overwhelming support for this historic move to rein in the irresponsible international arms trade.


Iraq: Dire winter conditions expose shocking gaps in humanitarian assistance for thousands displaced

19 December 2014

A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Ireland: Transgender people ‘short-changed’ by new bill

19 December 2014

Ireland must allow transgender people to have their gender legally recognized in a quick, transparent and accessible manner, Amnesty International said after the country’s Gender Recognition Bill was published.

Pakistan: Executions not the answer to combating terrorism

19 December 2014

Resuming the death penalty is not the answer to combating terrorism in Pakistan and only perpetuates a cycle of violence, Amnesty International said as two people were executed in the country today for the first time since 2012. 

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