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Press Releases

8 October 2010

Guatemalan president move to veto death penalty legislation welcomed

On the eve of World Day Against the Death Penalty, Amnesty International has welcomed President Álvaro Colom’s public commitment to veto proposed legislation that would lead to the reapplication of the death penalty.


  • Armed Groups,
  • Death Penalty,
  • Human Rights Standards
Region Americas
Country Guatemala
8 October 2010

USA increasingly isolated as the world turns against death penalty

Ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October, Amnesty International today urged the USA, the only country that carried out executions in the Americas in 2009, to end its use of this cruel and inhumane punishment.

  • Death Penalty
Region Americas
Country USA
8 October 2010

Nigeria: Bundu shooting must be investigated

The Nigerian government must set up an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the use of firearms by security forces that left at least one person dead and 12 seriously injured at Bundu waterfront last year, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

7 October 2010

Roma families in Belgrade forcibly evicted

Amnesty International has urged the Belgrade authorities to stop forced evictions after Roma families, including 17 children and one pregnant woman, were evicted from their homes in the city

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Serbia
6 October 2010

Ethiopia: Release of opposition leader welcomed

Amnesty International welcomes today’s release of opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Birtukan Mideksa by the Ethiopian government.

Region Africa
Country Ethiopia
5 October 2010

Guatemalan Congress urged to resist attempts to reapply death penalty

Amnesty International has called on the Guatemalan Congress to abolish the death penalty instead of regulating it as MP’s debate legislation that would allow its use for the first time since 2000.

  • Death Penalty,
  • Human Rights Standards,
  • Impunity,
  • Individuals at Risk
Region Americas
Country Guatemala
5 October 2010

Fiji: Former PM’s rights to free speech and assembly violated

Amnesty International is today calling on the government of Fiji to drop Public Emergency Regulations (PER)-related charges against the country’s former prime minister after he was accused of failing to seek permission to hold a public meeting.

  • Detention,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Fiji
1 October 2010

One billion slum dwellers cannot be ignored

Governments cannot celebrate the UN World Habitat Day on 4 October while ignoring one billion people living in slums, Amnesty International said today.

  • Demand Dignity,
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • Demand Dignity
1 October 2010

DRC: Action needed to investigate a decade of crimes

The publication of the UN mapping report documenting gross human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a significant first step, but concrete action is needed to ensure that those responsible are held to account, Amnesty International said today.

  • Impunity
1 October 2010

Saudi Arabian King urged to commute “sorcery” death sentences

Amnesty International has written to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urging him to commute death sentences imposed on two men convicted of “sorcery”

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Saudi Arabia

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