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8 December 2009

Russia must stop persecution of rights activists

The Russian authorities must stop persecuting human rights activists and instead channel their efforts into investigating those responsible for their murders
Region Europe And Central Asia
8 December 2009

Nepal: Major accused of torturing girl to death must be arrested

The Nepali government must immediately pursue the arrest of an army major expelled last week from a UN peacekeeping mission in Chad when it emerged he has been accused of torturing a 15-year-old Nepalese girl to death, Amnesty International said today.

 
Tags
  • Impunity,
  • Stop Violence Against Women
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Nepal
8 December 2009

Nepal: Major accused of torturing girl to death must be arrested

The Nepali government must immediately pursue the arrest of an army major expelled last week from a UN peacekeeping mission in Chad when it emerged he has been accused of torturing a 15-year-old Nepalese girl to death, Amnesty International said today.
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Nepal
8 December 2009

Philippines : Limit Martial Law and disband paramilitaries

The Philippine authorities should immediately establish a clear and short timetable for an end to martial law in the country’s restive Maguindanao province and dismantle armed paramilitary groups throughout the country, Amnesty International said in Manila today. Key human rights, including the right to challenge the legality of detention, must not be violated or restricted under any circumstances.

On 5 December President Gloria M. Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao and suspended the writ of habeas corpus in the wake of the massacre of 57 people there, including more than 30 journalists. Andal Ampatuan, Jr., of the powerful Ampatuan clan that has dominated politics in Maguindanao for much of the past decade, was recently arrested and charged with the murders.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
7 December 2009

Iran: Security forces condemned for protest crackdown

Amnesty International condemned the excessive use of force by Iranian security forces that saw scores of protesters beaten and detained during student-led demonstrations on Monday.
Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran
7 December 2009

Sudan must end violent crackdown on protestors

Amnesty International has strongly condemned a violent crackdown by Sudanese security forces on political protests in Khartoum on Monday. 
Region Africa
Country Sudan
4 December 2009

France must not deport terror suspect to Algeria

France must not deport a man convicted of terrorist acts to Algeria where he may be at risk of incommunicado detention and torture or other ill-treatment
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country France
4 December 2009

Iraq: Over 900 people on death row face imminent execution

The Iraqi authorities must immediately stop the executions of more than 900 people on death row who have exhausted their legal appeals and could be put to death at any time, Amnesty International said.

The prisoners, who include 17 women, are said to have had their death sentences ratified by the Presidential Council, the final step before executions are carried out.

At least 120 people are known to have been executed in Iraq so far this year.

“In a country which already has one of the highest rates of execution in the world, the prospect that this statistic may rise significantly is disturbing indeed,” said Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.    

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
3 December 2009

Guinea: Evidence of new arrests, harassment and illegal detentions by security forces

Guinea’s security forces are continuing to arrest and harass activists and others, following a massacre during a political protest on 28 September, Amnesty International found during a recent visit to Guinea.
Region Africa
Country Guinea
3 December 2009

China: Halt death sentences against Uighurs

China’s supreme court must carefully review reported death sentences imposed today on five individuals by a court in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of northwest China. 

Thirteen people were sentenced by the court in the city of Urumqi, in connection with deadly violence that erupted after a police crackdown on Uighur protesters on 5 July. 

Five of these were sentenced to death, and another two were sentenced to life imprisonment. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China

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