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18 January 2010

Sri Lanka: Time for a New Start; A Human Rights Agenda for Sri Lanka’s Presidential Candidates

Amnesty International calls on all candidates standing in Sri Lanka’s Presidential elections on January 26th to end widespread human rights violations and the culture of impunity that continues to plague the country.

On Monday, the organization issued a 10-point Human Rights Agenda for all candidates.

“Candidates should commit to restoring respect for basic rights, like life and liberty, ending arbitrary arrests and detention, enforced disappearances and torture, and to restoring respect for freedom of expression, said Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka specialist. “In the longer run, what’s needed is to rebuild Sri Lanka’s institutions so that they can protect efficiently and without discrimination.  That’s the only way to restore public faith in the justice system.”
 
More than 20 candidates are standing in the elections with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and his former Army Commander and Chief of Defence Staff, retired General Sarath Fonseka the main contenders. Both have taken credit for the military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May, while at the same time attempting to evade blame for grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
15 January 2010

Protection of human rights must accompany relief efforts in Haiti

Amnesty International called on the United Nations to put in place measures for the protection of human rights and the most vulnerable among the survivors of Tuesday's devastating earthquake.
Region Americas
Country Haiti
14 January 2010

Mongolia: moratorium on executions welcomed

Amnesty International welcomes the announcement made by the government of Mongolia today declaring an official moratorium on executions in the country.

Amnesty International believes President Tsakhia Elbegdorj has taken a bold move for the protection of human rights in Mongolia and welcomes this important development as a key step toward full abolition of the death penalty.
 
“The government of Mongolia has shown that it has a strong commitment to human rights by introducing a moratorium on the death penalty. Amnesty International urges other countries in the region to follow Mongolia’s example,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International Asia-
Pacific deputy director.

Asia continues to execute more individuals than the rest of the world combined. Amnesty International estimates at least 1,838 individuals were executed in 11 countries in Asia in 2008.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Mongolia
14 January 2010

Six Sudanese men executed amid fears of unfair trials

Amnesty International has today condemned the execution of six men accused of murdering 13 policemen during clashes over a forced eviction in Khartoum, Sudan in 2005.
Tags
  • Death Penalty
Region Africa
Country Sudan
13 January 2010

Eliminate second-rate education for Roma in the Czech Republic

The Czech authorities are continuing to place Romani children in schools for pupils with “mild mental disabilities”, leaving them with a sub-standard education
Region Europe And Central Asia
13 January 2010

China: Censorship of the internet must stop

Amnesty International has again urged the Chinese authorities to end censorship of the internet after online firm, Google, today raised concern about the hacking of human rights activists’ email accounts.
Tags
  • Business And Human Rights,
  • Freedom Of Expression
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
12 January 2010

UK police must end stop and search without suspicion

The UK government must scrap abusive, discriminatory and unlawful powers that allow the police to stop and search without reasonable suspicion
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country UK
11 January 2010

European states must take concrete steps to help close Guantánamo

Leading human rights organizations today urged more European states to accept detainees held at the US detention centre at Guantánamo who cannot be returned to their countries of origin for fear of torture or other human rights violations. 
Region Americas
Country USA
8 January 2010

Israeli detention of Palestinian activists must end

The Israeli authorities must immediately release, or bring before a fair trial, three Palestinian human rights activists detained in Israel following their protests against the construction of the West Bank fence/wall, Amnesty International said today.

In a letter sent to Ehud Barak, Israeli Defence and Deputy Prime Minister on Thursday, Amnesty International expressed concern that Jamal Juma’, Abdallah Abu Rahma and Mohammed Othman were prisoners of conscience, held for legitimately voicing their opposition to the fence/wall.

“These men have all been involved in campaigning against the building of this construction, much of it on the land of the occupied West Bank, and we fear that this is the real reason for their imprisonment,” said Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme. “If this is the case they must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

Region Middle East And North Africa
28 December 2009

Iran: End slide to more bloodshed

Amnesty International today condemned the further and wholly avoidable loss of up to 8-15 lives in Iran during the ‘Ashoura religious commemorations.

The organization called on the authorities to ensure that those attending funerals and commemorations in the coming days and weeks are guaranteed the right to assemble peacefully and to express their opposition to the current government.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iran

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