Press releases

Saturday 2 April 2011

The Azerbaijani authorities must halt their crackdown on freedom of assembly, Amnesty International said today, after a "Day of Wrath" protest saw scores arrested and others violently dispersed in the capital Baku

Friday 1 April 2011

The Zimbabwean police authorities must end the systematic harassment and intimidation of human rights groups, Amnesty International said today after an NGO leader became the latest activist targeted with politically motivated charges.

Friday 1 April 2011

Nigerian political candidates must rein in their supporters to put a stop to continuing violence on the eve of national polls, Amnesty International said today.

Friday 1 April 2011

Amnesty International strongly condemns the attack on the United Nations compound in Mazar Sharif that killed at up to 10 civilian UN staff

Thursday 31 March 2011

The Libyan authorities must end their campaign to discredit Eman al-Obeidi after the government said she was being sued by the security officials who she says raped her

Thursday 31 March 2011

The Egyptian authorities should scrap a draft law aimed at criminalizing strikes and protests, Amnesty International said ahead of demonstrations against the law set for Friday.

Thursday 31 March 2011

Côte d’Ivoire civilians are at immediate risk of massive human rights violations Amnesty International warned today, as forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara reach the country’s commercial capital Abidjan. 

Thursday 31 March 2011

The Azerbaijan authorities must end their clampdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today after 11 more political activists were arrested ahead of Saturday's planned "Day of Wrath" protest

Thursday 31 March 2011

The reimposition of 20-year jail terms on seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i religious minority is “outrageous”, Amnesty International said today as it made a renewed call for their immediate release..

Wednesday 30 March 2011

As the new government is installed in Myanmar today, Donna Guest, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Program said:


"The new government should take immediate action to stop human rights violations and put an end to the growing legacy of impunity in the country.


 As a very first step, and a matter of urgency, Amnesty International calls on the government to take the following measures:


-  ensure the unconditional release of hundreds of prisoners of conscience, which is long overdue. 


- remove provisions in the Constitution which grant immunity from prosecution for state officials for past involvement in human rights violations. "

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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.