There are fears that Israeli forces could launch a violent crackdown on planned Palestinian protests in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) to mark “Land Day” this weekend, said Amnesty International.
President Barack Obama must break the US administration’s silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record by taking a strong public stand against the systematic violations in the Kingdom during his visit there this week, said Amnesty International.
Governments in some Caribbean countries keep threatening to bring back executions to stem a rising tide of violent crime, ignoring genuinely effective long-term criminal justice solutions, said Amnesty International today at the launch of its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.
The Pacific maintained a clean record on capital punishment last year and remained the only region in the world that is virtually death penalty-free, Amnesty International said today as it issued its report on the global use of the death penalty in 2013.
Alarming levels of death penalty use in an isolated group of countries led to a more than 50 per cent rise in executions across Africa in 2013 compared to the year before, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty.
Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.
The Turkish authorities’ move today to block access to YouTube on the eve of Sunday’s elections, and not long after they restricted access to Twitter, smacks of a wider pre-meditated crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.