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Bahrain: Six month sentence for Nabeel Rajab blow to freedom of expression

20 January 2015

The Bahraini authorities must quash the conviction of prominent human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, who has today been sentenced to six months in prison for posting comments online which were considered insulting to the Ministries of Interior and Defence. 

Macedonia: Same-sex marriage ban will entrench discrimination

20 January 2015

The Macedonian Parliament’s approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will further entrench discrimination in the country, Amnesty International said today. 

Gambia: Charge or release family members of alleged failed coup plotters

20 January 2015

Gambian authorities should either charge or release family members of people suspected to be involved in December’s alleged failed coup, and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Amnesty International said today.

Russia: Law on ‘undesirable organizations’ will further tighten the noose on dissent

20 January 2015

A draft Russian law banning “undesirable foreign organizations” is another troubling sign of the authorities’ vigorous measures to restrict any public space for criticism, Amnesty International said today after the Duma (Parliament) passed it on a first reading. 

Tunisia: Blogger sentenced to one year in jail for criticizing army

20 January 2015

Yassine Ayari, a blogger in Tunisia, has been sentenced to one year in jail by a military court today Amnesty International can confirm.

Australian and PNG authorities must respect asylum seekers’ right to protest

19 January 2015

Amnesty International is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to protect the rights and welfare of asylum seekers currently protesting their detention in the Manus Island Detention Centre. 

 

Eastern Ukraine: Civilians dying and in grave danger as fighting escalates

19 January 2015

An escalation in hostilities in eastern Ukraine since yesterday has resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians, including children, with many more lives in grave danger, Amnesty International said as it renewed its calls on both sides to protect civilians amid the fighting. 

Uganda/CAR: Impending transfer of suspected LRA commander to ICC offers opportunity for justice

18 January 2015

The impending transfer of Dominic Ongwen, alleged former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a step towards justice for the victims who have suffered brutality at the hands of the LRA for more than two decades. 

Postponement of Raif Badawi flogging on medical grounds exposes shocking brutality of punishment

16 January 2015

Amnesty International has received information indicating that the flogging of Raif Badawi has not been carried out today on medical grounds.

Pakistan: End wave of executions in wake of Peshawar attack

16 January 2015

Pakistan’s government must immediately put an end to the spate of executions in the country in the wake of the Peshawar school attack, which has already seen 19 people put to death over the past month. 

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