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European Court ruling on full-face veils punishes women for expressing their beliefs

1 July 2014

Today’s European Court of Human Rights judgment upholding a general ban on wearing full-face veils in public is deeply damaging, warned Amnesty International. It represents a profound retreat for the right to freedom of expression and religion and sends a message that women are not free to express their religious beliefs in public.

AU Summit decision a backward step for international justice

1 July 2014

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights.

Israel: Collective punishment will not bring the justice that murdered teens deserve

1 July 2014

The murder of three abducted Israeli teens deserves justice, something ill-served by the Israeli authorities’ actions overnight and their ongoing practices that amount to collective punishment of Palestinians in the West Bank. 

 

Iraq: Yezidis captured by ISIS amid mounting sectarian attacks

1 July 2014

Amnesty International has spoken to recently released detainees from the Yezidi community who were captured by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq, as well as to family members of those still held by the group.

Vietnam: Release of woman labour rights activist positive but scores remain behind bars

30 June 2014

The early release of Do Thi Minh Hanh, a woman labour activist and prisoner of conscience, in Viet Nam is a positive step but authorities must now follow up and release the scores of other peaceful activists still behind bars.

Fiji: End harassment of journalists ahead of election

27 June 2014

The authorities in Fiji must end the harassment of journalists ahead of elections in September. 

Iraq: Testimonies point to dozens of revenge killings of Sunni detainees

27 June 2014

Amnesty International has gathered evidence pointing to a pattern of extrajudicial executions of detainees by government forces and Shi’a militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal ‘Afar, Mosul and Ba’quba.

Russia: Moscow court consolidates witch hunt of NGOs

27 June 2014

By upholding a draconian requirement for three more independent organizations to register as “foreign agents”, a Moscow court is rubber stamping the authorities’ witch hunt against peaceful human rights defenders

Human rights lawyer latest victim of Egypt’s repressive protest law

27 June 2014

The conviction of a human rights lawyer jailed for taking part in a peaceful protest must be overturned, said Amnesty International ahead of an appeal hearing in the case on Saturday 28 June.

Five torture myths debunked

26 June 2014

Commonly held myths about torture are contributing to its ongoing use around the world. Here we debunk five of the biggest misconceptions. 

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