News & Updates

USA must not ‘open the floodgates’ of weapons to armed groups in Iraq and Syria

8 December 2014

The US Congress risks supplying fresh weapons to forces and armed groups with terrible human rights records in Iraq and Syria if it approves Obama administration proposals to waive human rights screening requirements on military aid, Amnesty International said ahead of a Senate vote on key military legislation on Tuesday.  

Pariskevi Kokoni: Torn apart by hate

7 December 2014

Once they were neighbours. Today, racism and fear have left this quiet Greek town a divided community.

7 ways Saudi Arabia is silencing people online

6 December 2014

Raif Badawi is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia, mainly for setting up a website. We talk to another local blogger – who has to remain anonymous for their own safety – about different tactics the authorities use to silence people online.

Aidzhan Musaev: 'My son is not a spy'

5 December 2014

Uzbekistan is one of the world’s most authoritarian states, where speaking out is dangerous. But almost nine years after his son Erkin was accused of spying, and then tortured and jailed, Aidzhan Musaev has decided it’s time to share their story in this rare interview.

The world’s pitiful response to Syria’s refugee crisis

5 December 2014

World leaders are failing to offer protection to Syria’s most vulnerable refugees with catastrophic consequences, Amnesty International has warned in a new briefing ahead of a UN pledging conference in Geneva on 9 December.


Facts & Figures: Syria refugee crisis & international resettlement

5 December 2014

In total, 63,170 resettlement places have been offered globally since the start of the Syria crisis, which equates to a mere 1.7 per cent of the total population of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

UK court decision on government mass surveillance: 'Trust us' isn't enough

5 December 2014

The tribunal which oversees the practices of the UK secret services today ruled that the law governing the UK’s communications surveillance practices complies with the Human Rights Act, in what Amnesty International said was a "disappointing if unsurprising" ruling which will now be appealed in Strasbourg.

More deaths in the Mediterranean Sea highlight need for EU-wide search and rescue plan

5 December 2014

EU member states must urgently step up efforts to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach their countries by sea after 16 bodies were found on board a rubber dinghy rescued off the coast of Libya. 

Kenya: Justice for victims of post-election violence still an urgent priority

5 December 2014

Justice for victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence is still an urgent priority, said Amnesty International, following today’s move by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to withdraw charges of crimes against humanity against Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta. 

Indonesia: Stop imminent execution of five people

5 December 2014

The Indonesian government’s apparent plans to execute five people by the end of the year must be halted immediately, Amnesty International said today. 


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