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UK government 'routinely' spies on lawyers

6 November 2014

Legal policies which allow UK intelligence agencies to access confidential privileged communications between lawyers and clients were disclosed in court today in a claim brought by Amnesty International and a Libyan national.

Israeli forces displayed ‘callous indifference’ in deadly attacks on family homes in Gaza

5 November 2014

Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip. 

Ukraine: Shelling deaths of children playing football in Donetsk must be investigated

5 November 2014

The deaths of two children killed by shelling while they played football on a school playing field in eastern Ukraine must be immediately, fully and impartially investigated.

Egypt’s defence of human rights record ‘cynical’

5 November 2014

Egypt’s defence of its human rights record lay in tatters today, Amnesty International said following the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) examination today.

Greece: Convictions following racist attack against Roma ‘first step to justice’

4 November 2014

Today’s conviction of three men following a brutal racist attack on a Roma woman and her nephew is a “first step towards justice”.

Greece: Court must consider hate motive behind attack on Romani woman

3 November 2014

Any failure of a court in Messolonghi, western Greece, to consider the racist motive in the brutal attack on a Romani woman and her nephew will be a failure of justice, Amnesty International said ahead of the opening of the trial, on 4 November, of three men accused of causing serious bodily harm during an attack two years ago.

Bangladesh: Fresh death sentences show urgent need to end executions

3 November 2014

Bangladesh must immediately impose a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty and ensure that political interference does not mar judicial processes, Amnesty International said after the confirmation of two fresh death sentences over two days.

DRC: Civilian death toll rises as rebels embark on campaign of sporadic slaughter

31 October 2014

UN peacekeepers and the Congolese authorities must act urgently to protect civilians from a spate of sporadic attacks by armed rebels which has left at least 100 dead in the last month said Amnesty International today.

Burkina Faso must end excessive use of force against protesters

31 October 2014

Authorities in Burkina Faso must rein in security forces that have used excessive force to crack down on peaceful anti-government protests.

Libya: ‘Rule of the gun’ amid mounting war crimes by rival militias

30 October 2014

Lawless militias and armed groups on all sides of the conflict in western Libya are carrying out rampant human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to a new briefing from Amnesty International.

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