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International Migrants Day: Rights of migrants under attack across the globe

18 December 2014

The rights of migrants are being trampled across the globe as they face economic exploitation, discrimination and racism in a range of countries.

USA-Cuba prisoner swap must spur historic human rights change

17 December 2014

Today’s prisoner exchange between the USA and Cuba presents the best opportunity in more than half a century to forge an agenda for human rights change amid efforts to normalize relations between the two countries.

Pakistan: Resuming executions ‘not the answer’ to Peshawar school tragedy

17 December 2014

The Pakistani government must resist giving in to fear and anger in the wake of the Peshawar school tragedy and maintain its moratorium on executions.

Chelsea Manning: ‘Why speaking out is worth the risk’

16 December 2014

Chelsea Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence for leaking classified US government documents to the website WikiLeaks. From her prison cell in Kansas, Chelsea tells us why speaking out against injustice can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

India: Authorities must release Irom Sharmila following government decision to decriminalize suicide

16 December 2014

Authorities in India must build on the central government’s decision to decriminalize suicide by dropping all charges of attempted suicide against prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila.

Pakistan: Sickening Taliban school attack highlights vulnerability of civilians

16 December 2014

A Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area.

Iran: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution

16 December 2014

The Iranian authorities’ threat to expedite the execution of 10 men on death row in retaliation for going on hunger strike is deplorable, said Amnesty International.

Woman and girls in Mkhondo, South Africa: Force for change

15 December 2014

Maria Shongwe has overcome obstacles that many women and girls in South Africa face - including poverty and living with HIV - to become an inspirational community activist.

South Korea: Stop tear gas supply or risk fuelling repression in Turkey

15 December 2014

The South Korean authorities must immediately stop the planned shipment of massive amounts of tear gas to Turkey, where the security forces have frequently abused riot control equipment amid repression of peaceful protests.

Russia: End persecution of activists in Chechnya

15 December 2014

Russian authorities should act to end a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today after the office of a local human rights group was burned down. 

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