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Israel: Human rights access to Gaza imperative amid renewed exchange of fire

19 August 2014

The resumption of Israeli air strikes and rocket fire from Gaza underscores the imperative need to grant human rights groups immediate access to monitor the situation.

Saudi Arabia: Four relatives executed for hashish possession amid 'disturbing' surge in executions

18 August 2014

Executions bring the number of state killings in Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks to 17 - a rate of more than one execution per day. 

South Africa: Full accountability for the Marikana killings urgently needed

16 August 2014

On the second anniversary of the catastrophic events in Marikana, justice for the victims and full accountability are still urgently needed.

Dominican Republic: Killings at the hands of the police rise while reforms stall

15 August 2014

The number of killings perpetrated by the police is on the rise again in the Dominican Republic whilst legislation intended to fix the problem stalls and stagnates in Congress.

Morocco: Activists jailed for reporting torture must be released immediately

14 August 2014

Two activists recently imprisoned after they reported they had been abducted and tortured must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

Saudi Arabia: Outrageous sentence against Shi’a cleric shows disturbing pattern of harassment

14 August 2014

The outrageous eight year prison sentence against a Shi’a cleric in Saudi Arabia for criticizing its leaders is the latest example of a disturbing pattern of harassment and discrimination against the country’s Shi’a community.

USA: Urgently investigate policing methods after use of lethal force in Missouri

14 August 2014

In addition to a prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into allegations that police shot dead an unarmed teenager in Missouri, an investigation into the use of heavy-handed tactics to disperse a wave of protests in the wake of the shooting must be launched without delay, Amnesty International said. 

Humanitarian efforts failing the hundreds of thousands forced to flee ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq

12 August 2014

The international community must urgently mount a concerted humanitarian response to assist hundreds of thousands of people across northern Iraq fleeing ethnic cleansing by the forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.

Egypt: As judges recuse themselves in Morsi protest trial, fears of mass death sentences persist

12 August 2014

As news breaks that three judges have recused themselves from a mass court case in Egypt, Amnesty International remains concerned that show trials followed by mass death sentences are becoming a grim trade mark of Egyptian justice. 

Philippines: Arrest of General must break down wall of impunity for torture

12 August 2014

This morning’s arrest of a General accused of abductions and torture in the Philippines is an encouraging sign that the authorities are finally tackling a culture of impunity for serious human rights violations by the security forces, Amnesty International said. 

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