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Sri Lanka: New government must make human rights a priority after mostly peaceful vote

9 January 2015

Sri Lanka’s new government must urgently address a legacy of pressing human rights issues left by the previous administration, Amnesty International said.

Ireland: Proposed ‘mother and baby homes’ investigation welcome, but a missed opportunity to address Magdalenes

9 January 2015

The Irish government’s decision not to include the treatment of women and girls in Magdalene Laundries in the proposed scope of an inquiry announced today is a missed opportunity that will leave gaping holes in the narrative of historical abuses.

Flogging of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia ‘vicious act of cruelty’

9 January 2015

A witness confirmed to Amnesty International that the flogging of Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi took place this morning after Friday prayers in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. 

Haiti: Five years after devastating earthquake tens of thousands still homeless and desperate

8 January 2015

Five years on from a devastating earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people remain homeless as government policy failures, forced evictions and short-term solutions have failed many who lost everything in the disaster.

 

Saudi Arabia to commence public flogging of activist sentenced to 1,000 lashes

8 January 2015

Amnesty International has learned that the imprisoned Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi will be flogged in public after Friday prayers tomorrow in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah. 

Bangladesh must investigate deaths and release prisoners held in opposition crackdown

8 January 2015

Bangladeshi authorities must investigate the killing of protesters and release prisoners arrested this week as part of an apparent crackdown against the opposition Bangladesh National Party.

Cuba: Prisoner releases must lead to new environment for freedoms

8 January 2015

The release of at least nine jailed opposition activists by the Cuban authorities since last night is a positive step which should be followed by a new human rights agenda on the island, Amnesty International said. 

Nigeria: Long-awaited victory as Shell finally pays out £55 million over Niger Delta oil spills

7 January 2015

Oil giant Shell’s long-overdue compensation pay out to a community devastated by oil spills in the Niger Delta is an important victory for the victims of corporate negligence.

France: ‘Dark day for freedom of expression’ as gunmen attack satirical newspaper

7 January 2015

The deadly attack by gunmen on the Paris office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo is a chilling assault on freedom of expression.  

Uganda/CAR: Dominic Ongwen must face trial for crimes against humanity

7 January 2015

Following reports that Dominic Ongwen has surrendered to US forces, Amnesty International is calling for his immediate transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face trial.   

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