News & Updates

More hostage releases in Colombia

4 February 2009

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have released former governor Alan Jara, who had been held hostage by the guerrilla group since 2001.

UN review must deliver on human rights

3 February 2009

The human rights records of 16 countries are up for review at the fourth session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group in Geneva.

Myanmar minority group in peril

2 February 2009

Hundreds of Myanmar's Rohingya people are missing at sea and many more are at risk of drowning after Thai authorities forcibly expelled large groups of Rohingyas see

Egyptian court overturns journalists' prison sentences

2 February 2009

Four Egyptian newspaper editors convicted of publishing offences under a controversial press law have had their one-year prison sentences overturned by a Cairo Appea

Human rights violations go unpunished in Chad

30 January 2009

One year after the battle between government and armed opposition forces in N’Djaména, Chad, serious human rights violations perpetrated by the security

Protection law fails Mexican women

30 January 2009

A law to protect women in Mexico has had no impact in the two years since its inception, leaving the safety of many Mexican women at risk.

Video: Researching allegations of war crimes in Israel and Gaza

30 January 2009

Following the outbreak of the recent conflict in Gaza and southern Israel on 27 December 2008 and then Israel's ground invasion of Gaza on 3 January 2009, Amnesty In

Dissent violently repressed in Cameroon

29 January 2009

Cameroon's government has routinely used killings and torture to repress political dissent, according to a new Amnesty International report.

Human rights lawyer cleared in Indonesia

29 January 2009

A prominent human rights lawyer in Indonesia has been cleared of charges relating to a text message he is alleged to have sent to his friends and family contacts.

Building trust and respect for human rights

28 January 2009

Those who watched Barack Obama take office on 20 January were part of a far-reaching celebration of the once seemingly impossible becoming reality.

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