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UN: Atrocities fuelled by inaction on Arms Trade Treaty promises

1 April 2014

Millions of people around the world will continue to suffer the deadly consequences of the poorly regulated global trade in weapons until many more governments take rapid steps to bring the Arms Trade Treaty into force.

 

Venezuela: Political spiral of violence a threat to the rule of law

1 April 2014

Venezuela risks one of the worst threats to the rule of law in decades if the different political forces do not commit to fully respecting human rights, according to a new Amnesty International report.

Fears of renewed government crackdown ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

1 April 2014

As the eyes of the sporting world turn to Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix this weekend, Amnesty International urges the country’s authorities not to quash peaceful protests surrounding the event.

Nigeria: War crimes and crimes against humanity as violence escalates in north-east

31 March 2014

An increase in attacks by Boko Haram and uncontrolled reprisals by Nigeria’s security forces has seen the death toll in North East Nigeria rise to at least 1,500 people, more than half of whom are civilians, in the first three months of 2014.

Japan: Appeal adds to 'psychological torture' of freed death row inmate Hakamada

31 March 2014

A decision by Japanese prosecutors to appeal against a court ruling to grant a retrial to Hakamada Iwao - who has spent over 45 years on death row - will only add to the decades of psychological torture he has already endured.  

EU must ban transfers of asylum seekers to Bulgaria until country “sets affairs in order”

31 March 2014

European countries must not transfer any asylum seekers to Bulgaria until the country truly improves its demeaning reception conditions and addresses its asylum procedures.

Time running out for man facing the gallows in Iraq

28 March 2014

Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi, a 32-year-old father of two, has now spent more than two years on death row in Iraq for a crime he says he didn’t commit. His uncle is now his only hope.

North Korea: UN vote a positive step to end crimes against humanity

28 March 2014

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice, said Amnesty International.

Saudi Arabia: President Obama must not shirk responsibility to tackle human rights during visit

28 March 2014

President Barack Obama must break the US administration’s silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record by taking a strong public stand against the systematic violations in the Kingdom during his visit there this week. 

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

27 March 2014

Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

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