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Press Releases

Monday 29 September 2014

Iranian authorities have today confirmed that a woman convicted of killing a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her will be hanged tomorrow morning at a prison west of Tehran, Amnesty International said. 

Sunday 28 September 2014

Afghanistan’s new government under President Ashraf Ghani must put the focus on tackling the country’s persistent human rights issues, Amnesty International said today in a human rights agenda aimed at the new administration, which is due to be sworn in on 29 September 2014.

Saturday 27 September 2014

A new law in Indonesia’s Aceh province that imposes up to 100 lashes of the cane for “crimes” such as same-sex sexual activity and sex outside marriage is an enormous step backwards for human rights, Amnesty International said.

Saturday 27 September 2014

The quick use of pepper spray and arrests by Hong Kong police during pro-democracy demonstrations last night and today has renewed fears the authorities will fail to uphold the rights to peaceful assembly and free expression at larger protests planned for next week, Amnesty International said.

 

Thursday 25 September 2014

The government’s repressive and outdated total ban on abortion is blighting the lives of women and girls in El Salvador, pushing them to unsafe, clandestine abortions or forcing them through dangerous pregnancies, Amnesty International said today. Those terminating their pregnancies could face years in prison. 

Thursday 25 September 2014

Protection for the millions of people whose lives are devastated by the poorly regulated global arms trade is set to take a giant leap forward on Thursday, Amnesty International said with the historic Arms Trade Treaty expected to surpass the 50 ratifications needed to trigger a 90 day countdown to entry into force.

Thursday 25 September 2014

The Serbian government must stick to its guns and fully support the 2014 Belgrade Pride despite the threat of anti-gay protests by extreme nationalist and religious groups. The event, the first not to be banned since 2010, is set to go ahead on 28 September

Thursday 25 September 2014

A new low in Australia’s deplorable and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers has been reached with a deal to apparently ship refugees to Cambodia, where respect for their human rights cannot be guaranteed, said Amnesty International.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

As Tunisia prepares for upcoming legislative and presidential elections Amnesty International has issued a manifesto for human rights outlining 10 pledges electoral candidates must commit to in order to deliver on human rights for all Tunisians. 

Wednesday 24 September 2014

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, ahead of weak new legislation being discussed in Parliament.

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Feature Article

Brazil: Police ‘still have blood on their hands’ 20 years on from massacre

24 July 2013

Every year police in Brazil are responsible for around 2,000 deaths, Amnesty International said today as it marked the 20th anniversary of the infamous Candelária massacre in Rio de Janeiro.