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France faces ‘litmus test’ for freedom of expression as dozens arrested in wake of attacks

16 January 2015

A string of at least 69 arrests in France this week on the vague charge of “defending terrorism” (“l’apologie du terrorisme”) risks violating freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.

Nigeria: Satellite images show horrific scale of Boko Haram attack on Baga

15 January 2015

Satellite images released by Amnesty International today provide indisputable and shocking evidence of the scale of last week’s attack on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants. 

Burkina Faso: Military shooting of protesters must be investigated

15 January 2015

Burkina Faso’s transitional authorities must investigate the use of excessive and lethal force by the military, including the presidential guard, against largely peaceful anti-government protesters, which left at least 10 dead and hundreds injured last autumn, Amnesty International said in a detailed report published today.   

Mauritania: Jailed presidential candidate and anti-slavery activists must be released

15 January 2015

The Mauritanian authorities must release three activists - including a prominent opposition politician - jailed today for holding anti-slavery rallies, Amnesty International said.

Indonesia: Stop imminent execution of six people by firing squad

15 January 2015

Indonesia must immediately halt plans to put to death six people – one Indonesian and five foreign nationals – by firing squad this week, Amnesty International said after the Attorney General’s office today confirmed the executions would be carried out on Sunday.

El Salvador must release women imprisoned after pregnancy related complications

15 January 2015

Authorities in El Salvador must end their ruthless campaign against women’s rights and immediately release a woman imprisoned after losing her pregnancy in 2007, Amnesty International said today ahead of a key Parliamentary vote on her case.

Turkey: Criminal probe into newspaper’s coverage of Charlie Hebdo a chilling blow to freedom of expression

15 January 2015

A criminal investigation launched today against one of Turkey’s largest daily newspapers for “insulting religious values” in its coverage of controversial cartoons published in France amounts to state censorship, Amnesty International said. 

Zimbabwe: Forced evictions must stop immediately

14 January 2015

A Zimbabwe High Court decision barring the forced eviction of families from Arnold Farm in Mazowe is a victory for human rights and justice, Amnesty International said today. 

 

Saudi Arabia set to resume flogging of Raif Badawi this Friday

14 January 2015

The Saudi Arabian authorities have an opportunity to improve their appalling human rights record by heeding the international outcry about the public flogging of Raif Badawi and halting it immediately.

Eastern Ukraine: Investigate deadly artillery strike on civilian bus

13 January 2015

An artillery strike on a bus that killed 10 civilians and wounded 18 in eastern Ukraine must be investigated urgently as it could amount to a violation of international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said. 

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