News & Updates

Electoral Media Restrictions Undermine Democratic Process in Afghanistan

19 August 2009

On the eve of the presidential elections in Afghanistan, Amnesty International has called on the Afghan government to reverse its ban on national and international media from reporting on cases of violence and insecurity occurring during Thursday’s election.

Indigenous Mexican woman unfairly accused of kidnapping agents

18 August 2009

Mother of six Jacinta Francisco Marcial has been in prison since 2006. She has been sentenced to 21 years for her part in the alleged kidnapping of six federal agents in Mexico.

US Supreme Court Order gives hope to Troy Davis

18 August 2009

In a 6-2 ruling, the nation's highest court decided that Davis should have another chance to prove his innocence before the state of Georgia puts him to death.

Independent investigation needed into rape and torture in detention in Iran

17 August 2009

Allegations that election protesters were tortured and raped in detention must be urgently investigated by the Iranian authorities.

Sri Lanka: attacks on free media put displaced civilians at risk

14 August 2009

Attacks on journalists, intimidation and restrictions on reporting threaten freedom of expression in Sri Lanka and jeopardize the safety and dignity of civilians displaced by war.

General during Argentina's military dictatorship sentenced to life in prison

14 August 2009

Santiago Omar Riveros, who ran a detention centre, was found guilty of torturing and beating to death a 15 year old boy. He is also accused of over 40 crimes against humanity involving victims of the era's so-called "disappeared".

Pressure mounts as time is running out for justice for 'Comfort Women'

14 August 2009

Women who faced abuse and sexual slavery at the hand of the Japanese Imperial army during the Second World War, have now been waiting 64 years for an official apology and adequate reparations.

Tunisian national released on bail after forcible return from Italy

13 August 2009

Ali Ben Sassi Toumi has been accused of 'membership of a terrorist organization', 'providing expertise and logistical support to a terrorist organization' and fraud.

A further 160 families in Cambodia face forced eviction

13 August 2009

A further 160 families in Cambodia are to be forcibly evicted from their homes without being given adequate alternative housing or just compensation.

Iran must open Tehran trial to international observers

12 August 2009

Over 100 people are on trial for fomenting protests against the disputed result of Iran's 12 June presidential election. Amnesty International has challenged the Iranian authorities to open up the court to international observers.

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