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10 September 2014

Gambia: President should reject homophobic law

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia should not sign a new Criminal Code amendment that would increase the punishment for “aggravated homosexuality” to life in prison, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The measure would further add to the climate of fear for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in Gambia.

Region Africa
Country Gambia
10 September 2014

Myanmar: Authorities must end ‘relentless persecution’ of activist

Myanmar authorities must end their relentless persecution of a prominent human rights activist who faces trial again tomorrow after having already been sentenced to almost a decade in prison for “crimes” such as holding a candlelight vigil, Amnesty International said.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Myanmar
10 September 2014

Afghanistan: Urgent inquiry needed after new US airstrike increases civilian death toll

The reported killing of 14 civilians, including two children, in a US/NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan highlights the urgent need for transparent investigations and justice for civilian casualties caused by foreign troops in the country, said Amnesty International. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
9 September 2014

Yemen: Violent crushing of protest signals alarming escalation in standoff with Huthis

The killing by government security forces of at least six protesters in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, must be promptly and impartially investigated, said Amnesty International.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Yemen
8 September 2014

Ukraine must stop ongoing abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces

In a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk today, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty urged the Ukrainian government to stop abuses and war crimes by volunteer battalions operating alongside regular Ukrainian armed forces

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Ukraine
7 September 2014

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of war crimes and Russian involvement

Ukrainian militia and separatist forces are responsible for war crimes while Russia is fuelling separatist crimes -- satellite images indicate a build-up of Russian armour and artillery in eastern Ukraine

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Ukraine
5 September 2014

India: Supreme Court order on undertrials must spur systemic changes

A landmark order by India’s Supreme Court directing the release of all undertrial prisoners who have spent more than half of the maximum punishment for the crime they are charged with in pre-trial detention should lead to long-term changes to the criminal justice system, Amnesty International India said today.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India
5 September 2014

SIDS Conference: Pacific island states’ impressive death penalty record under threat

The threat by some Pacific island states to resume executions would tarnish the reputation of a region that has a near perfect record on the death penalty, Amnesty International said on the end of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa.

  • Death Penalty
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Samoa
4 September 2014

Mexico: Shocking rise in reports of torture and ill-treatment as authorities turn a blind eye

Torture and ill-treatment in Mexico is out of control with a 600 per cent rise in the number of reported cases in the past decade, according to a new report published by Amnesty International. The organization is calling on the Mexican government to act now to stop the wide-spread and persistent use of torture by members of the police and armed forces. 

  • Stop Torture
Region Americas
Country Mexico
4 September 2014

Qatar must reveal fate and whereabouts of ‘disappeared’ human rights workers

The Qatari authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts and ensure the safety of two British human rights workers who went missing on Sunday and are feared to be held secretly and incommunicado in the country, Amnesty International said today.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Qatar

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