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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. 

 

Azerbaijan: Detention of journalist Khadija Ismayilova a blatant bid to gag free media

5 December 2014

Today’s court order authorizing two months of pre-trial detention for the well-known Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova is just the latest move to silence independent media voices in the country, Amnesty International said.

Above the Law: Police Torture in the Philippines

4 December 2014

A pervasive culture of impunity for torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment within the police force has seen allegations of torture rise year on year in the Philippines, but there has never been a single conviction for torture. Here're some of the facts.

New report exposes culture of impunity within Philippine police force

4 December 2014

A pervasive culture of impunity is allowing torture by police to go unchecked in the Philippines, Amnesty International’s latest report revealed today as it launched a major new campaign to stop torture in the country. 

Jerryme Corre: 'Officer, you were sworn to protect the people, people like me'

4 December 2014

Jerryme’s story is another example of how police in the Philippines torture people without ever being held responsible. By putting them in the spotlight, we can help stop this.

Philippines: Senate open inquiry into Amnesty International torture findings

4 December 2014

The Philippine Senate’s decision to open an inquiry today into widespread police torture in the country is a promising development in the battle against impunity, Amnesty International said. 

Bahrain: Three-year sentence for ripping up photo of the King

4 December 2014

A court in Manama has today handed down a three-year prison sentence and a steep fine to prominent activist Zainab Al-Khawaja, for allegedly “insulting the king” when she tore up a photograph of him.

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