Press releases

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. "

Wednesday 30 March 2011

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has missed a crucial opportunity to lift the country’s repressive state of emergency in a key speech today amid ongoing protests, Amnesty International has said. 

Wednesday 30 March 2011

Many on Lampedusa have not been provided with the most basic humanitarian assistance such as shelter, medical care, mats, blankets and access to sanitary facilities, the Amnesty International team has found, while thousands continue to sleep outdoors

Tuesday 29 March 2011

Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi have carried out a campaign of enforced disappearances in an attempt to crush growing opposition to his rule, Amnesty International said today in a new briefing paper. 

Tuesday 29 March 2011

The Chinese authorities must reveal the whereabouts of a political blogger and commentator who has not been seen since Sunday and is believed to be detained, Amnesty International said today.

Tuesday 29 March 2011

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) must urgently protect thousands of displaced people sheltering in a Catholic mission in the west of the country amid fierce fighting, Amnesty International said today. 

Tuesday 29 March 2011

Amnesty International has demanded the release of a Belarusian student sentenced today for taking part in a post-election protest - the third similar conviction in the past week

Monday 28 March 2011

Countries which continue to use the death penalty are being left increasingly isolated following a decade of progress towards abolition, Amnesty International has said today in its new report Death Sentences and Executions in 2010.

Monday 28 March 2011

The Libyan authorities must thoroughly investigate the case of a woman who said she had been raped by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, Amnesty International said today.

Friday 25 March 2011

The Chinese authorities should immediately release prominent pro-democracy activist Liu Xianbin, Amnesty International said today, after the dissident was jailed for 10 years for writing articles critical of the government.

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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.