News & Updates

Fears for Kurdish minority activist detained incommunicado in Syria

18 March 2010

It is not known why 'Abed al-Hafith 'Abed al-Rahman is being detained or whether any charges have been brought against him.

Cuba urged to revoke repressive laws and release prisoners of conscience

17 March 2010

President Raúl Castro also called upon to allow independent monitoring of the country's human rights situation by UN experts and other human rights groups.

Control of US special forces in Afghanistan a step toward accountability

17 March 2010

New measures introduced by the Commander of US forces and the NATO International Security Assistance Force are in response to resentment spurred by ongoing civilian casualties.

Legal loopholes allow European companies to trade in 'tools of torture'

16 March 2010

European companies are participating in the global trade in types of equipment widely used in torture or other ill-treatment, according to evidence presented in a new report by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation.

Vietnamese Catholic priest should be unconditionally released

16 March 2010

Father Nguyen Van Ly, who is serving an eight year jail term for spreading "propaganda" against the state in 2007, was released for a period of 12 months on humanitarian grounds to receive medical treatment.

Gambian detainees must be charged or released

15 March 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Gambian government to immediately charge or release all former government officials detained during a wave of arrests over the past week.

Tunisian government must end harassment of former political prisoners

15 March 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Tunisian President to end the daily harassment of former political prisoners ahead of the country's national independence day.

Egypt must halt execution of man accused of murder

12 March 2010

Amnesty International has made an urgent personal appeal to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to prevent the execution of a man who is believed to have been wrongly convicted of murder.

USA urged to confront shocking maternal mortality rate

12 March 2010

Amnesty International called on US President Barack Obama to tackle soaring rates of maternal mortality and pregnancy-related complications that particularly affect those in poverty.

Attack on Pakistani humanitarian workers 'major setback' to human rights

12 March 2010

Insurgent groups in Pakistan must stop targeting humanitarian agencies that are trying to provide assistance to the country's poor, said Amnesty International after six NGO workers were killed in the country’s northwest region.

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