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USA: Prisoners held in extreme solitary confinement in breach of international law

16 July 2014

The US government’s dehumanising practice of holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in the country’s only federal super-maximum security prison amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and is in violation of international law. 

Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

16 July 2014

A woman from Finland who came out as transgender during her marriage should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status.

Kenya: Victims still seeking justice for the post-election violence

15 July 2014

The Kenyan government has failed to properly investigate crimes committed during the 2007-2008 post-election violence and to provide justice and reparation for its victims.

Iran: Youth at risk of hanging amid disturbing rise in juvenile executions

15 July 2014

The Iranian authorities must halt the execution of a young man who was still a child at the time of his alleged crime, and reverse a disturbing rise in the execution of juvenile offenders.

Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

14 July 2014

A new briefing sheds light on a growing pattern of sectarian killings and abductions by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham since the group seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-biggest city, and other parts of north-western Iraq last month.

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture

11 July 2014

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months. 

He said 'Pray now, I’m going to kill you' and then he slit my neck with the knife

11 July 2014

Hanna, a pro-Ukrainian activist, describes how she was abducted and tortured by members of a separatist armed group in Donetsk.

‘They made no secret of it; they were going to kill me’

11 July 2014

Sasha, a 19-year-old pro-Ukrainian activist, was abducted by separatists at gunpoint in Luhansk and beaten repeatedly for 24 hours.

Kenya: Refugees appeal against forced relocation to camps

11 July 2014

Refugees in Nairobi are appealing against a controversial ruling that would force thousands of Somalis from their homes to live in squalid overcrowded camps in north Kenya.

UK rushes through invasive surveillance laws as intelligence agencies go on trial

11 July 2014

Amnesty International and Privacy International have accused the UK government of trying to rush through legislation in an attempt to deflect from a landmark hearing starting Monday, challenging the validity of UK spy agencies’ justification for mass surveillance of British citizens’ social media use. 

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