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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.

Russia’s onslaught on protest

3 June 2014

The right to protest is in danger of being lost in Russia as the clamp down on government critics and dissenting voices has intensified in recent months, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

UN: Final push will bring landmark Arms Trade Treaty into force

3 June 2014

Rapid progress has been made in the year since the ATT opened for signature and a surge of further ratifications will soon activate the treaty this year, helping to save millions of lives and protect human rights.

 

Tiananmen crackdown: Repression intensifies on eve of 25th anniversary

3 June 2014

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Amnesty International has documented a further 30 activists that have been persecuted as the Chinese authorities attempt to suppress those that seek to commemorate the victims of 4 June 1989. 

Tiananmen’s ‘Most Wanted’: Four inspiring activists remember the crackdown - Part One

2 June 2014

In the aftermath of the bloody crackdown in Tiananment Square in 1989, the Chinese authorities published the names of those “Most Wanted” for their role in the protests. Read the stories of two of them in the first of a two-part series.

Persecution in universities as Iran 'squeezes the life out of' academic freedom

2 June 2014

The Iranian authorities have waged a ruthless campaign of repression over the past three decades against students and academics because of their peaceful activism, views or beliefs.

China: Detention of artist underlines severe repression ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

2 June 2014

The Chinese authorities must end the severe persecution against all those attempting to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, said Amnesty International after a Chinese-born Australian artist became the latest to be detained for giving a media interview on the crackdown.

Turkmenistan must grant retrial to hunger strike prisoner on brink of death

2 June 2014

Prison doctors say human rights activist has hours to live following a 14-day dry hunger strike in protest at the 22-year sentence passed down after an unfair trial.

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