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23 June 2014

Sudan: Woman condemned to death released after international pressure

Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today.

Region Africa
Country Sudan
23 June 2014

New App to fight attack, kidnap and torture—now available for download

A new Panic Button app, to give human rights defenders urgent help from their own networks when facing attack, kidnapping, or torture is now available for public download on Google Playstore, announced Amnesty International. 

Tags
  • Activists
21 June 2014

Hundreds of Indian construction workers possibly stranded in Iraq

Evidence has emerged which suggests that several hundred Indian nationals may be stranded in the Najaf province of Iraq, unable to return home because their employer refuses to return their passports.

 

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Business And Human Rights,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Iraq
21 June 2014

Egypt sentences a further 183 people to death in new purge of political opposition

Today’s decision by a criminal court in El Minya, Upper Egypt to uphold death sentences against 183 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, including a blind man, provides alarming evidence of the Egyptian judiciary’s increasingly politicized and arbitrary attitude towards justice and the death penalty, said Amnesty International.  

Tags
  • Death Penalty
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
20 June 2014

AU Summit: Government leaders must not grant themselves immunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, even before it becomes operational, Amnesty International said.

20 June 2014

World Refugee Day: UN Security Council’s “spectacular failures” cause millions to flee

The UN Security Council is spectacularly failing to maintain international peace and security, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day. The organization urged Security Council members to act more decisively to protect civilians and prevent millions more people being driven away from their homes.

Tags
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants
20 June 2014

Thailand: Grim outlook for human rights after a month of martial law

There appears to be no end in sight to violations of a range of human rights one month after martial law was declared in Thailand, Amnesty International warned today. 

 

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Detention,
  • Prisoners Of Conscience
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Thailand
20 June 2014

Russia sends a warning as Bolotnaya prisoners’ appeal rejected

The decision of the Moscow City Court to reject an appeal against the conviction of eight Bolotnaya protesters imprisoned after a politically motivated trial is yet another nail in the coffin for freedom of assembly and expression in Russia, said Amnesty International. 

Region Europe And Central Asia
20 June 2014

Nigeria: Shell could face fresh compensation claims after landmark environmental ruling

A landmark UK court ruling paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International said today. 

Tags
  • Business And Human Rights
Region Africa
Country Nigeria
20 June 2014

New Zealand rejects international recommendations to address inequality

New Zealand should reconsider its decision to reject key human rights recommendations at the United Nations Human Rights Council, said Amnesty International.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country New Zealand

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