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Five death penalty myths debunked

26 March 2014

Does the death penalty deter violent crime and prevent terrorist attacks? is capital punishment used only against people proven guilty of serious crimes? Find out some of the myths debunked. 

China: Fear of cover-up as Cao Shunli’s body goes missing

26 March 2014

Fears of a cover-up by the Chinese authorities grew on Wednesday, after the family of an activist that died in detention were prevented from seeing her body.

CAR: Urgent deployment of EU troops needed to quell fresh violence

26 March 2014

The European Union (EU) must immediately put into action its plans to deploy peacekeeping troops to protect civilians in the Central African Republic amid a worrying new surge in violence, Amnesty International said today. 

 

Russia to detain activist in psychiatric institution after quashing appeal

25 March 2014

Today’s decision by Moscow City Court to uphold the conviction of peaceful protester Mikhail Kosenko is a perversion of justice that will see him detained in a psychiatric institution, potentially indefinitely, to undergo “treatment” he neither needs nor wants, Amnesty International said. 

Colombia: Peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review

25 March 2014

Colombia’s government is failing to address the country’s critical human rights situation said Amnesty International today ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ annual review of the country.

China: Fears of crackdown ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

24 March 2014

The Chinese authorities must end the persecution of all those trying to remember victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, after a man was jailed for 18 months on Monday.

Egypt: More than 500 sentenced to death in ‘grotesque’ ruling

24 March 2014

Today’s mass death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court are a grotesque example of the shortcomings and the selective nature of Egypt's justice system, Amnesty International said. 

Turkey: Pre-election Twitter shutdown brings internet freedom to a new low

21 March 2014

The first ever tweet was sent eight years ago today. No-one will be celebrating this landmark on the social media site in Turkey, however: the government has just shut it down. Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to immediately reverse the decision to block the social media site. 

 

China: Attempt to block tribute to rights activist at UN ‘an insulting ploy’

20 March 2014

The Chinese government’s attempt to block a tribute by the UN Human Rights Council to Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights activist, who died in detention is disgraceful, said Amnesty International.  

Venezuela: Arrest of local mayor signals potential “witch hunt”

20 March 2014

The arrest of a Venezuelan mayor for his alleged involvement in anti-government protests is a signal of the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

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