News & Updates

Third mass killing of Colombia's Awá Indigenous Peoples in 2009

28 August 2009

Twelve people, including four children, all thought to be members of the same family, have been killed by unidentified gunmen. This is the third such killing in less than a year.

Over 500 families in São Paulo left homeless after forced evictions

28 August 2009

Following a large-scale police operation, the families are now sleeping under plastic sheeting on land opposite the site of the eviction. They are without food or blankets in cold, wet conditions.

Malaysia indefinitely postpones caning of woman

28 August 2009

Muslim Kartika Sari Devvi Shukarno was sentenced to six strokes of the cane for drinking beer in public in December 2007. Postponed for Ramadan, her sentence is now under review by the Shariah Court of Appeal.

No justice in Timor-Leste ten years after independence vote

27 August 2009

A decade after Timor-Leste voted for independence, a culture of impunity continues to haunt the country’s people.

CIA detention programme: Criminal investigations long overdue

27 August 2009

US Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a "preliminary review" into the secret detention programme operated by the CIA after the attacks of 11 September 2001. It's a welcome first step but it's not enough, says Amnesty International.

Death row prisoners freed in Nigeria

26 August 2009

One of Nigeria's most influential states has taken an important step towards abolition of the death penalty by pardoning and releasing three condemned prisoners.

Thailand carries out first executions in six years

26 August 2009

Two men convicted of drug trafficking in 2001, have been put to death by lethal injection. They were the first to be executed in Thailand since 2003.

Displaced civilians in Philippines still at risk despite Mindanao ceasefire

25 August 2009

More than 200,000 people living in camps with limited access to food, also face human rights abuses by both the army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), says a new Amnesty International report.

Photographic evidence shows the cruelty of caning In Malaysia

25 August 2009

Photographic evidence obtained from detention centres in Malaysia by Amnesty International, show the harsh reality of this cruel form of punishment.

Malaysia postpones caning of woman for Ramadan

24 August 2009

Authorities in Malaysia on Monday postponed the caning of a Muslim woman convicted of drinking alcohol in public, until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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