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Death Penalty: Countries continue to execute people with mental and intellectual disabilities

10 October 2014

Countries around the world continue to sentence to death or to execute people with mental and intellectual disabilities, in clear violation of international standards.

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are true inspirations for standing up for children's rights

10 October 2014

Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, praises the two human rights defenders declared as winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Lawfare to destroy ‘enemies within’ – Russian NGOs tagged as ‘foreign agents’

9 October 2014

Russian NGOs labelled as "foreign agents" by the authorities speak out about their fight to end the smear campaign against them and their vital work.

South Africa: Pregnant women and girls continue to die unnecessarily

9 October 2014

Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa. In part, this is because they fear their HIV status may be revealed as they access antenatal care services. 

Chad: President must scrap homophobic Bill

9 October 2014

The President of Chad, Idriss Deby, has been directly warned that if a homophobic bill currently before parliament is passed, he will be showing a blatant disregard for the country’s human rights obligations. 

Muzzling dissent: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to choke civil society

9 October 2014

Peaceful human rights activists have been routinely harassed, rounded up like criminals and often ill-treated in detention as the Saudi Arabian authorities go to extreme lengths to hound critics into silent submission. 

Afghanistan: Execution of five men an affront to justice

8 October 2014

The execution of five men in Afghanistan who had been convicted over a gang rape following a series of flawed trials is an affront to justice.

Nineteen deaths reported as violent clashes continue across south-east Turkey

8 October 2014

The Turkish government must act to stop the spiralling violence which continues to rock the predominantly Kurdish south-east of the country.

Flowers for Anna – Russia’s offensive on media and the truth

7 October 2014

Activists around the world will mark the eighth anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya on 7 October.

Sri Lanka: UN review highlights empty rights promises

7 October 2014

Sri Lanka must stop making empty promises to the international community and the Sri Lankan people on improving the country’s still desperate human rights situation, Amnesty International said ahead of a UN review of the country’s rights record.

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