News & Updates

Neda Agha Soltan murder witness at risk of torture in Tehran prison

4 September 2009

Caspian Makan, the fiancé of the young woman killed in the recent protests in Iran, has been held in detention since 26 June, after he made a statement linking her murder to pro-government militia.

Amnesty International calls on Sudan to repeal law penalizing women for wearing trousers

4 September 2009

As a court in Khartoum prepares to resume its trial of Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein for wearing trousers, Amnesty International has called on the government to withdraw the charges and repeal the law used to justify the flogging of women for wearing 'indecent' clothing.

Six Gambian journalists released

4 September 2009

The six had been sentenced on 6 August to a mandatory sentence of two years’ imprisonment and fined 250,000 Dalasis (US$10,000) for defamation and sedition.

Chile issues arrest warrants against at least 120 Pinochet agents

3 September 2009

Chilean Judge Victor Montiglio issued the arrest warrants against the agents in relation to a number of security operations that targeted opponents of Augusto Pinochet during the 1970s.

President Obama should take the lead on lifting embargo against Cuba

2 September 2009

A new Amnesty International report says that the sanctions on Cuba, imposed by the USA since 1962, are affecting Cubans' access to medicines and medical technologies and endangering the health of millions.

Nepal 'disappearances' law 'must meet international standards'

2 September 2009

Prominent human rights organizations request that the latest draft Disappearances bill in Nepal be amended to make it comply with international law and standards.

Sri Lanka jails journalist for 20 years for exercising his right to freedom of expression

1 September 2009

JS Tissainayagam was convicted of writing and publishing articles that criticized the government's treatment of Sri Lankan Tamil civilians affected by the war.

Remembering the world's disappeared in 2009

28 August 2009

All around the world, families wait to find out what happened to those loved ones who have been taken away from them by agents of the state or by people acting with its support or acquiescence.

Third mass killing of Colombia's Awá Indigenous Peoples in 2009

28 August 2009

Twelve people, including four children, all thought to be members of the same family, have been killed by unidentified gunmen. This is the third such killing in less than a year.

Over 500 families in São Paulo left homeless after forced evictions

28 August 2009

Following a large-scale police operation, the families are now sleeping under plastic sheeting on land opposite the site of the eviction. They are without food or blankets in cold, wet conditions.

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