African Union: President Mugabe should urgently address human rights concerns

30 January 2015

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country.

Medical expert: Repeated floggings of Saudi Arabian blogger may cause long-term damage

29 January 2015

Further floggings of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi could cause debilitating long-term physical and mental damage, a medical expert from the charity Freedom from Torture has warned in a report commissioned by Amnesty International. 

Boko Haram at a glance

29 January 2015

The conflict in Nigeria has taken the lives of thousands of men, women and children, many at the hands of armed group Boko Haram. Here’s everything you need to know about the group that is causing turmoil in Africa’s most populated nation.

Bangladesh: Excessive police force not the answer to horrific petrol bomb attacks

29 January 2015

The Bangladeshi authorities risk exacerbating an already violent situation by giving police carte blanche to use excessive force in response to a recent wave of horrific petrol bomb attacks amid ongoing violent political protests, Amnesty International said today.

Equatorial Guinea: African Cup of Nations peaceful protesters must be released

29 January 2015

Equatorial Guinea must immediately and unconditionally release three men arrested two weeks ago, suspected solely of peacefully protesting against the country’s hosting of Africa’s top soccer competition, a group of leading international human rights and transparency organizations said today. 

Libya: Targeted sanctions and accountability crucial to ending spiralling war crimes in Benghazi

28 January 2015

Targeted UN sanctions and accountability are urgently needed to end rampant abductions, torture, summary killings and other abuses by rival forces in Libya.

Nigeria: Nigerian authorities were warned of Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno

28 January 2015

New evidence shows that the Nigerian military were repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno which claimed hundreds of lives, and failed to take adequate action to protect civilians.

Philippines: The “torture show”

26 January 2015

Tucked in a dark corner of a secret detention centre in The Philippines was a mock-up of the multicolour wheel used in the "Wheel of Fortune". But rather than spinning for prizes it was used by police officers to decide how best to torture detainees.

Oman: Health of activist on hunger strike deteriorating severely

26 January 2015

The health of a prisoner of conscience on hunger strike in Oman has deteriorated seriously, Amnesty International warned ahead of his imminent transfer to the capital Muscat for a court hearing.

Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri: hundreds of thousands of civilians at grave risk

25 January 2015

A failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis said Amnesty International with reports of two large scale attacks in Nigeria on the major north-eastern city of Maiduguri as well as the nearby town of Monguno. 

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