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12 November 2014

USA recognizes that the Convention Against Torture applies at Guantánamo

Today the US government finally acknowledged that the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) applies at its Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

Region Americas
Country USA
12 November 2014

Mauritania must end clamp down on anti-slavery activists

The Mauritanian authorities must stop the harassment, intimidation and repression of anti-slavery activists, Amnesty International said today following the arrest of a number of high-profile campaigners. 

  • Activists,
  • Individuals at Risk
Region Africa
Country Mauritania
10 November 2014

Philippines: Five years later, no convictions under landmark anti-torture law

Philippine authorities are failing to tackle torture as not a single perpetrator has been convicted under a landmark anti-torture law that came into effect five years ago today, despite evidence that the practice is prevalent, Amnesty International said.

  • Stop Torture,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Philippines
10 November 2014

Kuwait ‘playing games’ with lives of more than 100,000 Bidun residents

The announcement by Kuwait that tens of thousands of stateless people in the country known as the Bidun might be able to obtain “economic citizenship” of the Union of the Comoros, an impoverished archipelago off eastern Africa, is a shameless betrayal of Kuwait's international human rights obligations, said Amnesty International. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Kuwait
8 November 2014

Mexico: Attorney General´s announcement on disappeared students exposes government’s failures

The statement by Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam today that the 43 students who disappeared in September could have been killed, burned and dumped in a river fails to address the government’s complicity in this tragedy, Amnesty International said today. 

Region Americas
Country Mexico
7 November 2014

APEC leaders should urge China to release supporters of Hong Kong protests

World leaders gathering in Beijing next Monday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] summit, should urge China to release scores of mainland activists detained for peacefully supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, said Amnesty International. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
7 November 2014

Hollywood takes on corporate giants over Bhopal gas disaster

Hollywood movie star Martin Sheen will join Amnesty International’s battle to finally hold Union Carbide accountable for what is widely considered to be one of the world’s worst industrial disasters as he launches his latest film in Los Angeles on Friday.

  • Business And Human Rights
7 November 2014

Cuba: Detainees left in limbo as trial postponed yet again

The trial of three people arrested in Cuba during a government crackdown on peaceful protests, has been postponed for a fourth time in two and a half years, leaving the detainees in an unfair legal limbo, said Amnesty International today. 

Region Americas
Country Cuba
7 November 2014

Gambia: UN monitors denied prison access as they condemn ‘consistent practice’ of torture

Gambia has again demonstrated its blatant disregard for human rights by stopping a UN team from investigating allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings in the country, Amnesty International said today. 

  • Prison Conditions
Region Africa
Country Gambia
6 November 2014

Central African Republic: UN credibility at stake amid rising attacks against civilians

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic must take bold measures to protect civilians amid an escalating wave of sectarian attacks in the central regions of the country, said Amnesty International after visiting some of the most affected areas.  

  • Armed Conflict,
  • Conflict in the Central African Republic
Region Africa

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