News & Updates

Refugees held by Thailand must be freed

17 November 2008

Ninety-two children are among a group of 158 Lao Hmong refugees who have been held under harsh conditions at a detention centre in Thailand for two years.

Israeli army relaxes restrictions on humanitarian aid to Gaza

17 November 2008

The Israeli army allowed a limited number of trucks carrying humanitarian assistance into Gaza for the first time in two weeks on Monday.

Israeli army blocks deliveries to Gaza

14 November 2008

The Israeli army has completely blocked the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip for more than a week.

There’s no pride in silence: domestic and sexual violence against women in Armenia

13 November 2008

National surveys suggest that more than a quarter of women in Armenia have faced physical violence at the hands of husbands or other family members.

Harsh sentences for Myanmar dissidents

13 November 2008

Fourteen dissidents are sentenced to 65 years' imprisonment each, as Myanmar's military government ignores calls by the international community to clean up its human

Afghanistan moves towards a wide use of executions

13 November 2008

The Afghan government executed nine people last week. President Hamid Karzai has recently approved death sentences for at least another 111.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visits Amnesty International

12 November 2008

The recently appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights met representatives of NGOs at a meeting hosted by Amnesty International in London on Tuesday.

Guilty verdict upheld for student who "offended" Moroccan king

12 November 2008

The Marrakesh Court of Appeals in Morocco has upheld a lower court's guilty verdict against an 18-year-old student for insulting the King.

Video: Irene Khan discusses mission to Chile

12 November 2008

Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan led a mission to Chile in at the beginning of November to assess the country’s human rights situation.

Fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo causes humanitarian tragedy

11 November 2008

More than 250,000 people have so far fled the ongoing violence, bringing the total number of displaced people in the province to at least 1.2 million.

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