BULGARIA: AUTHORITIES MUST URGENTLY ACT TO STOP THE ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE TARGETING THE ROMA COMMUNITY

16 April 2014

Amnesty International urges Bulgarian authorities to effectively tackle the escalation of violence which is resulting in racially-motivated attacks against the Roma community in the country.

Israel: Lift ‘ludicrous’ restrictions on whistleblower Vanunu decade after release

16 April 2014

Ten years after serving a full sentence for his revelations to the press about Israel’s nuclear weapons programme, Mordechai Vanunu still faces severe restrictions that arbitrarily infringe on his freedom of movement, expression and association.

Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record

14 April 2014

Mounting curbs on freedom of expression in the run-up to Algeria’s upcoming elections underscore disturbing shortcomings in the country’s overall human rights record, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. 

Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed

14 April 2014

The early release in Viet Nam of several prisoners of conscience is welcome, but serves to highlight the situation of at least 70 others who remain jailed for peacefully expressing their opinions.

Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce

14 April 2014

The trial of former Libyan officials, including Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, risks descending into a farce after the court ordered today that he and six other defendants be tried via video link.

Egyptian president must reject flawed anti-terrorism laws

11 April 2014

New counter-terrorism legislation set to be approved by Egypt’s president is deeply flawed and must be scrapped or fundamentally revised, Amnesty International said.

UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara must monitor human rights

11 April 2014

The UN Security Council must expand the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Western Sahara to include sustained human rights monitoring, said Amnesty International, amid clampdowns on peaceful protests and reports of activists tortured in custody during the past year. 

China: Rejection of detained activist’s appeal makes a “mockery of justice”

11 April 2014

A Chinese court’s decision to reject an appeal by prominent activist Xu Zhiyong and uphold his four year jail sentence is an affront to justice.

Nigeria: Fears grow for man forcibly disappeared after tweeting photos

11 April 2014

There are mounting fears over the fate of  a man who went missing 11 days ago after tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break in Abuja, Amnesty International said today as joined a twitter action on his behalf.

Kenya: Somalis trapped in ‘catch-22’ amid crackdown on refugees

11 April 2014

Somali refugees and asylum-seekers living in Kenya are being trapped in a catch-22 situation by the government’s counter-terrorism crackdown, Amnesty International said. 

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