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21 August 2009

India: Illegal detention of 11 year old girl in Manipur must be investigated

Amnesty International is calling for the government of India to launch an independent investigation into allegations that an 11 year old girl was illegally detained by police in the state of Manipur to force her parents - suspected of links with local armed opposition groups to give themselves up.

Bidyarani Devi Salam was taken from her home by security forces on the morning of 14 August and held in police custody for five days. Her illegal detention triggered hundreds of protestors to take to the streets and call for her release.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country India
21 August 2009

USA: Denial of parole to Leonard Peltier after more than 32 years in prison, disappointing

Amnesty International today regretted the US Parole Commission’s decision not to grant Leonard Peltier parole despite concerns about the fairness of his 1977 conviction for murder. The organization called for the immediate release on parole of the activist, who is serving two consecutive life sentences and has spent more than 32 years in prison.
Region Americas
Country USA
20 August 2009

Tunisia: “Plus ça change” on human rights, says Amnesty International

The Tunisian authorities continue to commit human rights violations in the name of security and counter-terrorism, yet other states continue to forcibly return Tunisian nationals at risk of torture and other abuses or to threaten such returns, Amnesty International said in a new report today.
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Tunisia
19 August 2009

Honduras: Photos and testimony of protestors shows extent of police violence

Amnesty International today published a series of exclusive photos and testimonies revealing serious ill-treatment by police and military of peaceful protesters in the capital, Tegucigalpa. The organization warned that beatings and mass arrests are being used as a way of punishing people for voicing their opposition to the military-backed coup d’etat in June.
Region Americas
Country Honduras
19 August 2009

Afghanistan: Electoral Media Restrictions Undermine Democratic Process

On the eve of the presidential elections in Afghanistan, Amnesty International has called on the Afghan government to reverse its ban on national and international media from reporting on cases of violence and insecurity occurring during Thursday’s election.

The decision was made following a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday and was announced by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry said that journalists must avoid reporting on any election-related violence or security incidents that may occur during polling.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
18 August 2009

Mexico: Indigenous woman accused of kidnapping six agents named prisoner of conscience

Amnesty International today adopted 46-year-old Jacinta Marcial as a prisoner of conscience for being unfairly sentenced to 21 years in prison and demanded that the Mexican authorities release her immediately and unconditionally.
Region Americas
Country Mexico
15 August 2009

Iran: Supreme Leader must act on torture, says Amnesty International

Torture allegations now emerging in Iran must be urgently and independently investigated, Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s Secretary General said today, as she urged Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to institute an immediate, independent inquiry and to invite international experts to help carry it out.
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran
14 August 2009

Amnesty International calls on Dutch government to receive Jean-Pierre Bemba

Amnesty International today called on The Netherlands and other countries to urgently agree to receive Jean Pierre Bemba, following a decision by the International Criminal Court in The Hague to grant him temporary release pending his trial.
Tags
  • International Justice
14 August 2009

Denmark: Arrest of Iraqi asylum- seekers during raid

(Turkey) Amnesty International is gravely concerned by the clearing of the Brorson’s Church in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the subsequent arrest of 17 Iraqi asylum-seekers, who for three months had sought refuge in the church, fearing being returned to Iraq.
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Denmark
13 August 2009

Mexico: New investigation into Acteal massacre is essential

The Mexican authorities must begin a new independent investigation into the Acteal massacre in order to ensure that all those responsible are brought to justice, said Amnesty International today.
Region Americas
Country Mexico

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