Campaign targets violence and discrimination against women and girls

25 November 2014

Amnesty International supporters worldwide today join the 16 Days against Gender Violence campaign to challenge violence and discrimination against women and girls, including the denial of sexual and reproductive rights. 

USA: Respect the right to peaceful demonstration in wake of Ferguson decision

25 November 2014

Law enforcement personnel in the US state of Missouri must not resort to excessive use of force as protesters take to the streets following the Grand Jury decision not to indict a police officer accused of shooting the teenager Michael Brown, said Amnesty International today.

UAE: Man tortured and jailed after defending imprisoned father on Twitter

25 November 2014

The UAE authorities have again shown their intolerance for dissent by handing down a three-year prison sentence and hefty fine today to a 25-year-old man whose only “offence” was taking to social media to call for the release of his imprisoned father.

 

DRC: Belgian mining giant lied over bulldozing homes

24 November 2014

A Belgian mining company, Groupe Forrest International, has consistently lied about the bulldozing of hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has denied justice to those affected.

UK/Ireland: Landmark 'hooded men' torture case should be re-opened

24 November 2014

Allegations that the UK government sanctioned the use of torture and ill-treatment in Northern Ireland in the 1970s should be re-examined by the European Court of Human Rights and subject to a new independent investigation.

Philippines: Five years on, justice for Maguindanao massacre can’t wait

23 November 2014

The Philippine authorities are running out of time to ensure that their response to the Maguindanao massacre does not become a mockery of justice, Amnesty International said on the fifth anniversary of what is often called the world’s largest-ever single attack on journalists.

 

Indonesia: New administration must end the criminalization of beliefs through oppressive blasphemy laws

21 November 2014

Indonesian authorities have increasingly made use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals fortheir beliefs, contributing to an intensifying climate of intolerance in the country, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today. 

USA: Albert Woodfox should be released after latest court ruling

21 November 2014

A ruling by a federal appeals court in Louisiana yesterday affirming a decision by a lower court to overturn the conviction of Albert Woodfox, who has spent more than 40 years in isolation after a flawed murder trial, is a triumph for justice that comes decades late.

Detekt: A new software tool in the ‘cat and mouse’ game against Big Brother

21 November 2014

Technical experts and human rights organizations are playing a ‘cat and mouse’ game against governments who are using state-of-the-art surveillance software to spy on the legitimate activities of human rights defenders and journalists. This is how they are doing it.

Gambia: “Aggravated Homosexuality’’ Offence Carries Life Sentence

21 November 2014

Gambia’s recent passage of a homophobic law puts the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community at even greater risk of abuse, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. 

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