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Australian and PNG authorities must respect asylum seekers’ right to protest

19 January 2015

Amnesty International is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to protect the rights and welfare of asylum seekers currently protesting their detention in the Manus Island Detention Centre. 

 

Eastern Ukraine: Civilians dying and in grave danger as fighting escalates

19 January 2015

An escalation in hostilities in eastern Ukraine since yesterday has resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians, including children, with many more lives in grave danger, Amnesty International said as it renewed its calls on both sides to protect civilians amid the fighting. 

Uganda/CAR: Impending transfer of suspected LRA commander to ICC offers opportunity for justice

18 January 2015

The impending transfer of Dominic Ongwen, alleged former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality at the hands of the LRA for more than two decades. 

Postponement of Raif Badawi flogging on medical grounds exposes shocking brutality of punishment

16 January 2015

Amnesty International has received information indicating that the flogging of Raif Badawi has not been carried out today on medical grounds.

Pakistan: End wave of executions in wake of Peshawar attack

16 January 2015

Pakistan’s government must immediately put an end to the spate of executions in the country in the wake of the Peshawar school attack, which has already seen 19 people put to death over the past month. 

France faces ‘litmus test’ for freedom of expression as dozens arrested in wake of attacks

16 January 2015

A string of at least 69 arrests in France this week on the vague charge of “defending terrorism” (“l’apologie du terrorisme”) risks violating freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.

Nigeria: Satellite images show horrific scale of Boko Haram attack on Baga

15 January 2015

Satellite images released by Amnesty International today provide indisputable and shocking evidence of the scale of last week’s attack on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants. 

Burkina Faso: Military shooting of protesters must be investigated

15 January 2015

Burkina Faso’s transitional authorities must investigate the use of excessive and lethal force by the military, including the presidential guard, against largely peaceful anti-government protesters, which left at least 10 dead and hundreds injured last autumn, Amnesty International said in a detailed report published today.   

Mauritania: Jailed presidential candidate and anti-slavery activists must be released

15 January 2015

The Mauritanian authorities must release three activists - including a prominent opposition politician - jailed today for holding anti-slavery rallies, Amnesty International said.

Indonesia: Stop imminent execution of six people by firing squad

15 January 2015

Indonesia must immediately halt plans to put to death six people – one Indonesian and five foreign nationals – by firing squad this week, Amnesty International said after the Attorney General’s office today confirmed the executions would be carried out on Sunday.

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