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UAE: Government critics languish in prison a year after mass show trial

2 July 2014

Nine peaceful government critics are believed to be suffering ill-treatment in an Abu Dhabi prison a year after a grossly unfair trial led to their incarceration, Amnesty International said as it called for their immediate and unconditional release.

Hong Kong: Mass arrests a disturbing sign for peaceful protest

2 July 2014

The Hong Kong authorities must release all those detained solely for peacefully protesting in pro-democracy demonstrations, said Amnesty International, after more than 500 people were arrested by police on Wednesday.

Families ripped apart as Palestinian refugees from Syria denied entry to Lebanon

1 July 2014

Palestinian refugees from Syria - including pregnant women, children and women with infants – have been denied entry into Lebanon due to tightened border restrictions, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. 

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.

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