Burundi: Fears mount amid escalating political violence and government crackdown

29 July 2014

Burundi’s ruling party is perpetrating a relentless campaign of intimidation against government critics and its youth wing is carrying out crimes with impunity ahead of next year’s election.

EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade

29 July 2014

The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and technologies that have no practical  use other than to torture, ill-treat or execute individuals.

Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers

25 July 2014

Amnesty International's experts respond to some of the questions raised around the Israel/Gaza conflict.

Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech

25 July 2014

The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous attempt to silence dissenting voices.

Landmark rulings expose Poland’s role in CIA secret detention and torture

24 July 2014

Poland is the first European Union member state to be found complicit in the USA’s rendition, secret detention, and torture of alleged terrorism suspects, Amnesty International said as it applauded two landmark human rights judgments handed down today.  

Ireland must amend abortion laws after sharp UN criticism

24 July 2014

The Irish authorities must take urgent action to bring the country’s flawed abortion laws in line with its international human rights obligations, Amnesty International said following the UN Human Rights Committee’s strongly worded criticism of the Ireland’s stance on abortion. 

USA: Another ‘botched’ execution, abolition the only solution

24 July 2014

The prolonged execution of a prisoner in Arizona yesterday represents another wake-up call for authorities in the USA to abolish the death penalty, said Amnesty International.

Mexico: Drop unfair charges against tortured prisoner of conscience

23 July 2014

An undocumented migrant who was arrested and tortured by the Mexican police and army is currently facing an unfair trial solely because of his ethnicity and should be released immediately and unconditionally, said Amnesty International today, as it named him a prisoner of conscience. 

The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression

22 July 2014

The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations, Amnesty International said as it joined forces with other human rights groups for a global day of action marking 20 years since President Jammeh’s seizure of power. 

Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation

22 July 2014

While activists gather in London today to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking an innovative approach towards ending the brutal practice.

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