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Egypt sentences a further 183 people to death in new purge of political opposition

21 June 2014

Today’s decision by a criminal court in El Minya, Upper Egypt to uphold death sentences against 183 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, including a blind man, provides alarming evidence of the Egyptian judiciary’s increasingly politicized and arbitrary attitude towards justice and the death penalty, said Amnesty International.  

 

AU Summit: Government leaders must not grant themselves immunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

20 June 2014

Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, even before it becomes operational.

World Refugee Day: UN Security Council’s “spectacular failures” cause millions to flee

20 June 2014

The UN Security Council is spectacularly failing to maintain international peace and security, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day. 

Thailand: Grim outlook for human rights after a month of martial law

20 June 2014

There appears to be no end in sight to violations of a range of human rights one month after martial law was declared in Thailand, Amnesty International warned today. 

Russia sends a warning as Bolotnaya prisoners’ appeal rejected

20 June 2014

The decision of the Moscow City Court to reject an appeal against the conviction of eight Bolotnaya protesters imprisoned after a politically motivated trial is yet another nail in the coffin for freedom of assembly and expression in Russia.

Nigeria: Shell could face fresh compensation claims after landmark environmental ruling

20 June 2014

A landmark UK court ruling paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International said today.

Ireland: ‘Mother and baby homes’ investigation must be robust and comprehensive

19 June 2014

The Irish government’s establishment of an independent Commission of Investigation into ‘mother and baby homes’ must result in an effective and comprehensive investigation that is fully compliant with Ireland’s human rights obligations.

China: Three anti-corruption activists jailed on ‘preposterous’ charges

19 June 2014

Three anti-corruption activists have been imprisoned today simply for exercising their freedom of expression and assembly and should be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

Chile moves closer to decriminalizing abortion

19 June 2014

Chile’s commitment to decriminalize abortion in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, the woman’s life is in danger and when the foetus is not viable is a positive step forward to ensure and protect the rights of women and girls. 

China: Secret trial of prominent Uighur academic makes a mockery of justice

18 June 2014

The secret trial of a prominent Uighur scholar on charges of “separatism” makes a mockery of China’s claims to be a country based on the rule of law, Amnesty International said. 

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