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Friday 2 October 2009

As the Human Rights Council closes this week’s discussions on the Goldstone report, Amnesty International calls for the UN Secretary-General to refer the report to the UN Security Council without delay.

Friday 2 October 2009

The Iranian authorities banned a prominent human rights activist from leaving the country on Friday. Abdolfattah Soltani was due to travel to collect a human rights award in Germany.

Friday 2 October 2009

The execution of Afghan national Abbas Hosseini in Iran on Monday for a murder he is accused of committing when he was only 17 must be stopped, Amnesty International warned today.

Thursday 1 October 2009

The Mexican authorities should not forcibly repatriate three migrants shot and injured by security forces at the country's southern border, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Wednesday 30 September 2009

Darfuri refugee women and girls face high levels of rape and other violence on a daily basis both inside and outside refugee camps in eastern Chad, despite the presence of UN security forces, a new Amnesty International report reveals.

Wednesday 30 September 2009

Amnesty International today revealed details of the brutal attacks committed by security forces in Guinea, during the suppression of a mass rally on 28 September in Conakry, and the extent to which the violence was organized by the army.

Tuesday 29 September 2009

Honduran de facto president Roberto Micheletti must rescind a decree that provides sweeping new powers of detention to the police, bans all public meetings and imposes a 45 day curfew, Amnesty International said today.

Monday 28 September 2009

Chinese authorities have increased surveillance, harassment and imprisonment of activists ahead of the country’s 60th anniversary on 1 October to prevent them from raising human rights concerns that challenge the authorities' image of social harmony, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International estimates that several hundred activists and dissidents are under various kinds of surveillance or house arrest and thousands of petitioners are being swept out of Beijing. The organization continues to receive reports that petitioners are being kept in “black jails” and other informal detention facilities outside Beijing. 
 
"The Chinese government wants to celebrate the country's success while ensuring that no dissenting view or complaint is heard," said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International Asia Pacific deputy director. “As a result, what the Chinese government is highlighting is its own fear of giving the Chinese people a real voice to talk about the reality of their lives, good and bad.”

Thursday 24 September 2009

Justice for people whose economic, social and cultural rights are violated took a decisive step forward today as 20 States began signing the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the United Nations.

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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.