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30 years of torture convention - states still failing on obligations

9 December 2014

On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture, Amnesty International is calling upon states not to obstruct efforts to prevent the appalling practice and to uphold their commitments under international law to bring it to an end.

USA: Senate summary report on CIA detention programme must not be end of story

9 December 2014

A Senate committee report summary detailing torture methods used as part of a secret US detention and interrogation programme is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity for the many appalling human rights violations perpetrated in the name of “national security”. 

Russia: Burning down homes after Chechnya clashes appears to be collective punishment

9 December 2014

Authorities in Russia must urgently investigate the burning down of at least five houses believed to belong to the relatives of 11 men accused of carrying out an armed attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny. 

Russia: Burning down homes after Chechnya clashes appears to be collective punishment

9 December 2014

Authorities in Russia must urgently investigate the burning down of at least five houses believed to belong to the relatives of 11 men accused of carrying out an armed attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny. 

Liu Ping: Jailed for 'picking quarrels and provoking troubles'

8 December 2014

An act of kindness transformed Liu Ping from a factory worker into a passionate anti-corruption activist in China. Her daughter, Liao Minyue, tells their story.

 

Governments urged to resettle 5 per cent of refugees from Syria by end of 2015

8 December 2014

More than 30 international organizations are calling on governments meeting in Geneva tomorrow to commit to offering sanctuary to at least 5 per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria currently in neighbouring countries - 180,000 people - by the end of 2015.

USA must not ‘open the floodgates’ of weapons to armed groups in Iraq and Syria

8 December 2014

The US Congress risks supplying fresh weapons to forces and armed groups with terrible human rights records in Iraq and Syria if it approves Obama administration proposals to waive human rights screening requirements on military aid, Amnesty International said ahead of a Senate vote on key military legislation on Tuesday.  

Pariskevi Kokoni: Torn apart by hate

7 December 2014

Once they were neighbours. Today, racism and fear have left this quiet Greek town a divided community.

7 ways Saudi Arabia is silencing people online

6 December 2014

Raif Badawi is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia, mainly for setting up a website. We talk to another local blogger – who has to remain anonymous for their own safety – about different tactics the authorities use to silence people online.

Aidzhan Musaev: 'My son is not a spy'

5 December 2014

Uzbekistan is one of the world’s most authoritarian states, where speaking out is dangerous. But almost nine years after his son Erkin was accused of spying, and then tortured and jailed, Aidzhan Musaev has decided it’s time to share their story in this rare interview.

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