Press releases

Wednesday 9 September 2009

As the Lithuanian parliament prepares to debate controversial amendments, Amnesty International warns that any move to criminalize the promotion of
homosexuality would violate the country’s international obligations
to uphold freedom of expression and fight discrimination

Wednesday 9 September 2009

The Egyptian authorities must control their forces at the border with Israel and prevent them from killing migrants attempting to cross it, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. The call follows the deadliest border incident this year, in which four men were shot dead by Egyptian security forces as they attempted to cross the border into Israel. Two others were also injured in the incident.

Wednesday 9 September 2009

The failure to conclude investigations and legal proceedings into the acts of violence committed in Pando a year ago seriously impairs victims’ right to justice, Amnesty International said at the end of a research visit to Bolivia.

Tuesday 8 September 2009

The Chadian government must stop the forced evictions which have left tens of thousands homeless in the capital city of N’Djamena, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Monday 7 September 2009

Kosovo and international authorities should act in concert to halt the
recent wave of attacks and harassment targeting Roma communities

Monday 7 September 2009

The deteriorating human rights situation in Fiji after the military crackdown which began in April 2009 demands international action, particularly from China, now one of Fiji’s biggest foreign donors, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Based on Amnesty International’s research in Fiji during the crackdown, the report, Fiji: Paradise Lost, documents a litany of repressive tactics used by the interim military government to stifle any protests and intimidate its critics.  These include beatings, arbitrary arrests and detention, harassment of human rights defenders, and severe limitations on the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, opinion, and association.

“Security forces in Fiji have become increasingly menacing towards people who oppose the regime, including journalists and human rights defenders,” said Apolosi Bose, Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher.  “Fiji is now caught in a downward spiral of human rights violations and repression. Only concerted international pressure can break this cycle.”

Monday 7 September 2009

Amnesty International has urged the Afghan government to free two writers accused of blasphemy, following the pardon of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, convicted of distributing an article that questioned the role of women is Islam.

Friday 4 September 2009

As a Court in Khartoum prepares to resume its trial of Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein for wearing trousers, Amnesty International called on the Sudanese government to withdraw the charges against her and repeal the law used to justify the flogging of women for wearing clothing deemed to be “indecent”.

Wednesday 2 September 2009

President Barack Obama should take the first step towards dismantling the US embargo against Cuba by not renewing sanctions against the island under the Trading with the Enemy Act, Amnesty International said today as the 14 September deadline for the renewal of sanctions under the Act approaches.

Thursday 27 August 2009

The killing of 12 Indigenous Peoples in Colombia, including four children, is a consequence of the failure of the authorities to heed warnings that unless measures were taken to protect the community, more attacks would take place, said Amnesty International today.

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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.