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UN: Landmark Arms Trade Treaty to become reality with 50th ratification

25 September 2014

Protection for the millions of people whose lives are devastated by the poorly regulated global arms trade is set to take a giant leap forward, with the historic Arms Trade Treaty expected to surpass the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force.

 

Cambodia: New deal with Australia signs away refugee rights

25 September 2014

A new low in Australia’s deplorable and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers has been reached with a deal to apparently ship refugees to Cambodia, where respect for their human rights cannot be guaranteed, said Amnesty International.

Global Arms Trade Treaty – a beginners’ guide: 50th ratification update

25 September 2014

Amnesty International’s arms expert Brian Wood explains how the uncontrolled flow of arms is ruining millions of lives and how it can be stopped.

EU action against Czech Republic for discrimination in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma

25 September 2014

The European Commission has sent a clear message to the Czech Republic that discrimination against Roma will not be tolerated. 

European companies allowed to reap rewards from deadly conflict mineral trade

24 September 2014

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today.

China: Deplorable life sentence for Uighur academic

23 September 2014

The life sentence handed down by a Chinese court to prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti on charges of “separatism” is an affront to justice.

China’s booming torture trade revealed

23 September 2014

The flourishing manufacture and export of tools of torture by Chinese companies is fuelling human rights violations across Africa and Asia, new research by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation reveals. 

Malaysia: Sedition investigation into opposition leader politically motivated

23 September 2014

The Malaysian authorities’ sedition investigation into opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is blatantly politically motivated and the latest move in a widespread crackdown on dissent using the colonial-era Sedition Act.

Dropped anti-abortion bill must usher in better protection of women’s rights in Spain

23 September 2014

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction, Amnesty International said today.

Turkey: Closing border crossings with Syria will put lives in jeopardy

22 September 2014

Turkey began to close some of its border crossings with Syria after 130,000 Kurdish refugees poured into the country in recent days fleeing the advance of the armed group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).

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