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Political leaders challenged to deliver on Arms Trade Treaty promises

3 June 2013

As 67 states signed the landmark Arms Trade Treaty, Amnesty International today challenged governments to deliver on their promises to rapidly and rigorously implement the treaty.

Cambodia: Release mother imprisoned for housing rights activism

3 June 2013

The Cambodian authorities must release housing rights activist and prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha who was jailed after an unfair trial.

European Court again chides Greece over discrimination against Roma schoolchildren

30 May 2013

Greece must immediately stop segregating Romani schoolchildren from their peers following a third European Court of Human Rights against discrimination of Roma in Greek schools.

Papua New Guinea repeals Sorcery Act while moving closer to executions

28 May 2013

New laws expanding death penalty signal intent to restart executions, following outcry over murders of women accused of 'sorcery'.

Papua New Guinea repeals Sorcery Act while moving closer to executions

28 May 2013

New laws expanding death penalty signal intent to restart executions, following outcry over murders of women accused of 'sorcery'.

Obituary: Christopher Keith Hall, 1946-2013

27 May 2013

Amnesty International paid tribute today to Christopher Keith Hall, a long-serving senior legal adviser at the organization, who died, aged 66, after a battle with cancer.

African Union: Reject Kenya’s attempt to shield its leaders from accountability

24 May 2013

The African Union must reject Kenya’s attempts to shield its leaders from being held to account for the human rights violations that took place in Kenya in 2007-2008.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Saudi Arabia: Five beheaded and ‘crucified’ amid ‘disturbing’ rise in executions

21 May 2013

Six people were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, taking the total number of state killings in the country this year so far to at least 47.

USA shows strong support for new global Arms Trade Treaty

16 May 2013

A senior US diplomat has said his government will be quick to sign the new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a move Amnesty International said raises hopes for swift implementation of the potentially lifesaving treaty around the world.

Indonesia urged to halt planned executions

16 May 2013

Three men are expected to be executed in Indonesia in what would be a major setback in the use of the death penalty, in a country that appeared to be moving away from the brutal practice.

UN resolution on Syria will do little to stop massive abuses

15 May 2013

Today’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on Syria is a positive step but it does little to address the immense ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in the country.

New global development agenda must have human rights at its core

10 May 2013

World leaders must reject an aid-based model of development and instead pursue an approach that puts human rights and justice at its core.

Maldives must commute death sentences for two juvenile offenders convicted of murder

3 May 2013

The Maldives authorities must commute the death sentences of two teenagers who received capital punishment for a murder allegedly committed when they were under 18.

Belarus must stop the execution of man on death row

2 May 2013

The homeless man originally from Ukraine has been sentenced to death for killing a fellow prisoner in Mahiliou, eastern Belarus.

Italy: Supreme Court strikes down the ‘Nomad emergency’ for good

2 May 2013

By declaring the so-called “Nomad emergency” unlawful and unfounded, Italy's Supreme Court has helped to end discrimination against Roma communities.

Pakistan must improve protection for Indian prisoners in wake of jail attack

2 May 2013

Pakistani authorities urged to protect Indian prisoners from violence after death row inmate dies following an attack in a Lahore jail.

USA: Maryland joins global trend against the death penalty

2 May 2013

The US state of Maryland has joined the overwhelming global trend towards ending the death penalty.

Afghanistan: Woman killed for “dishonouring” family

30 April 2013

The public killing of a woman in Afghanistan is the latest example of the shocking levels of gender-based violence in the country.

Japan executions show 'chilling' escalation in death penalty use

26 April 2013

The execution of two death row inmates in Japan shows a "chilling" escalation of death penalty use under the new Liberal Democratic government.

USA: Authorities must end indefinite detention in Guantánamo as hunger strike grows

22 April 2013

The US authorities must urgently end indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay, Amnesty International said today after it was confirmed that more than half the detainees are now on hunger strike.

Greece: Despair pervades camps after 33 migrant workers shot in Manolada

22 April 2013

The victims of a recent shooting at a strawberry farm in southern Greece still fear for their livelihoods and safety, Amnesty International said after a visit to the farm. 

Haiti: Forced evictions worsen the already dire lot of earthquake homeless

23 April 2013

Forced evictions in Haiti are worsening the already desperate situation of thousands of people still living in displacement camps more than three years after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.

Israel: New government must scrap plans to forcibly evict Bedouin

20 April 2013

Israel’s new government must drop a proposed law that would lead to mass forced evictions of Bedouin people and instead pursue legislation to protect Bedouin housing rights.

Taiwan: Six more executions signal cruel about-turn on death penalty

19 April 2013

Taiwanese authorities executed six men on Friday night in an apparent about-turn from their earlier stated commitment to abolish the brutal practice.

Life on death row: ‘They had no idea they were going to be executed’

18 April 2013

Social activist Amadou Janneh was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2012 for his work. While in prison, he met many people on death row, including the nine who were executed in August 2012. 

‘Anyone who says we live comfortably on death row has obviously never been there’

19 April 2013

Damon Thibodeaux was recentyly released from death row after new evidence confirmed his innocence. This is his story.

Death Penalty in India: “One hardly finds a rich or affluent person going to the gallows”

17 April 2013

A former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court shares his views on the death penalty in an interview with Amnesty International.

Sudan: Indiscriminate bombing exacerbates humanitarian crisis in Southern Kordofan

17 April 2013

The UN Security Council and African Union (AU) must take immediate action to halt indiscriminate attacks in Southern Kordofan.

Teng Biao: “In China, courts are told what decision to make in important cases, including on the death penalty.”

16 April 2013

Chinese lawyer Teng Biao talks about the death penalty in the Asian giant -- the country that in 2012 executed more people than the rest of the world put together.

Five ‘crimes’ that can get you killed

15 April 2013

Even though most of the world has turned its back on the death penalty, some countries continue to impose capital punishment for acts like having consensual sexual relations outside marriage, opposing the government, offending religion and even drinking alcohol.

Death Penalty in Belarus: ‘I can’t believe he’s not here any more’

12 April 2013

Lubou Kavalyoua received a letter from the Belarus Supreme Court on 17 March 2012, informing her that her son, Uladzslau Kavalyou, had been executed. She still doesn't know where he was buried. Here, she shares her story.

 

Trial by camera – 'TV confessions' and the death penalty in Iran

11 April 2013

In Iran, the second highest user of the death penalty, suspects are sometimes forced to appear television to "confess" to alleged crimes before being sentenced to death.

Death penalty 2012: Despite setbacks, a death penalty-free world came closer

10 April 2013

Use of the death penalty continues to be restricted to an isolated group of countries, and progress towards abolition was seen in all regions.

Papua New Guinea: Appalling violence against six women in Easter ‘witch-hunt’

5 April 2013

Witness says the women were subjected to horrific sexual violence with hot iron rods in the Southern Highlands, and the six are still missing.

Kuwait: Deplorable resumption of executions

2 April 2013

Three executions in Kuwait on 1 April were the first since 2007, and are a deplorable setback for human rights.

UN puts human rights at heart of historic Arms Trade Treaty

2 April 2013

The UN has adopted a new treaty that will prohibit states from transferring arms when they know they will be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.

UN: Iran, North Korea and Syria cynically block lifesaving arms treaty

28 March 2013

In a deeply cynical move, Iran, North Korea and Syria have stalled an Arms Trade Treaty aimed at prohibiting states from transferring arms to countries commiting serious abuses.

The long journey towards an Arms Trade Treaty

5 June 2013

Sometimes a simple but potentially revolutionary idea can change the world for the better. But it often takes a crisis to galvanize people to take action, and that's how the idea for a global Arms Trade Treaty was born.

UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text

25 March 2013

Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances.

Arms proliferation and abuse shatter communities in Côte d'Ivoire

20 March 2013

A new Amnesty International report says that reckless and illegal arms supplies from Europe, Africa and China continue to fuel grave human rights abuses in the country.

UN: Don’t waste historic chance for a lifesaving Arms Trade Treaty

18 March 2013

World leaders must address the poorly regulated global arms trade that fuels grave human rights abuses of tens of millions of people and claims countless lives each year, Amnesty International said from the UN.

Indonesia: First execution in four years “shocking and regressive”

15 March 2013

Indonesia carried out its first execution in four years and promises to put a further nine people to death in 2013.

Belarus: After death, the cruelty continues as bodies of two executed men still hidden

14 March 2013

A year after executing two men, authorities in Belarus still fail to reveal where they have been burried. 

Saudi Arabia: Seven men executed in act of sheer brutality

13 March 2013

Seven men are executed in Saudi Arabia after allegedly being forced to “confess” to charges of armed robbery.

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