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UN General Assembly must end war crimes whitewash

3 November 2009

Judge Richard Goldstone's report on war crimes committed in Gaza and southern Israel is to be debated by the General Assembly this week. Amnesty International has urged the UN to grasp the opportunity to address accountability.

Four Tanzanians sentenced to death for killing an albino man

3 November 2009

Amnesty International has welcomed the government's efforts to bring the killers to justice but has said that it deplores the use of the death penalty.

Demolition set to leave hundreds homeless in Nigeria

3 November 2009

Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes to make way for a commercial development in Rivers State, Nigeria, Amnesty International has learned.

Student activist held in Tunisia at risk of torture

3 November 2009

Mohammed Soudani has been detained incommunicado since he met with two French radio journalists who were covering the presidential and legislative elections that took place on 25 October.

Photo exhibition promotes Arms Trade Treaty at the UN

30 October 2009

A photo exhibition compiled and staged at the UN by the Control Arms Campaign aims to influence negotiations for an effective International Arms Trade Treaty.

Afghanistan: German government must investigate deadly Kunduz airstrikes

30 October 2009

Amnesty International has called for a credible and transparent investigation into the 4 September airstrike in Kunduz that killed scores of people, many of them civilians.

China holds Uighur journalist over Xinjiang unrest remarks

30 October 2009

Hairat Niyaz has been detained since 1 October. He is thought at risk of torture and ill-treatment. Family and friends believe his detention is due to comments he made about the recent unrest.

Assaults on journalists in Tunisia must be punished

30 October 2009

The assault of two independent journalists in Tunisia and the arrest of a third in the wake of last week's elections must be punished, Amnesty International said.

World's biggest arms traders promise global arms treaty

30 October 2009

The vast majority of governments – 153 in total - agreed a timetable to establish a "strong and robust" Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations on Friday.

Belarus man loses death sentence appeal

29 October 2009

Andrei Zhuk becomes the second person to have his death sentence upheld in Belarus within the last month.

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