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Kasab execution represents Indian death penalty backslide

21 November 2012

The execution of Ajmal Kasab for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks undoes much of the progress India has made over the death penalty.

Ireland: Abortion issue must be clarified by Irish government

17 November 2012

The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar illustrates a gap in Irish law and policy on the most basic human rights level - that is a woman’s right to access abortion where her life is at risk.

Pakistan execution condemned amid moves to abolish death penalty

15 November 2012

Pakistan’s first execution in four years is a blow to the country’s progress away from using the death penalty.

UN: Global Arms Trade Treaty a step closer after resounding vote

7 November 2012

An overwhelming 157 UN member states have voted in favour of finalizing the global Arms Trade Treaty next March.

Czech government still failing to address discrimination against Romani children in schools

8 November 2012

Romani children in the Czech Republic are still being denied the educational opportunities offered to other students.

Brazil: Slum campaign on human rights ahead of police operation

5 November 2012

Tens of thousands of slum-dwellers in Rio de Janeiro are the focus of an NGO campaign on human rights ahead police plans to "pacify" the area.

South Sudan: Place moratorium on death penalty

5 November 2012

South Sudan should join the great majority of United Nations members that have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

Nigeria: Independent investigation into Maiduguri killings vital

2 November 2012

Dozens of men and boys have been reportedly shot by Nigerian security forces as an Amnesty International report slammed human rights violations by the security forces in response to Boko Haram violence.

Sri Lanka’s empty promises and denial of rights crisis exposed at UN

1 November 2012

The UN's Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka has highlighted Colombo’s continued denial of the human rights crisis in the country.

Nigeria: Security forces out of control in fight against terror of Boko Haram

1 November 2012

The brutal actions of Nigeria's security forces in response to Boko Haram's campaign of terror are making an already desperate situation even worse.

Blog: The Shell Game

29 October 2012

For decades the oil industry in Nigeria’s Niger Delta has caused widespread pollution of land and water, damaging people’s ability to fish and farm, and putting their health at risk.

Brazil: Indigenous community faces eviction

26 October 2012

The Brazilian authorities must immediately suspend a court order to evict 170 Guarani–Kaiowá indigenous people from a portion of their ancestral lands.

Guatemala: After massacre, real dialogue must follow investigation and prosecutions

26 October 2012

Proper consultation with Indigenous Peoples, rural workers and civil society groups is the only way the Guatemalan authorities can prevent violence erupting at protests.

Op-Ed: Europe’s Roma discrimination shame

26 October 2012

Anti-Roma feeling in many European countries still translates into official policies that result in segregation of Roma from the rest of society, deepening and exacerbating their existing poverty and marginalization.

Iran executes 10 men despite international pleas

22 October 2012

A shop worker jailed on a drugs-related charge was among 10 men put to death in Iran on Monday morning.

Libya must seek justice not revenge in case of former al-Gaddafi intelligence chief

18 October 2012

A year on from the capture and killing of Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi, the Libyan authorities must  hand over the former ruler’s military intelligence chief to the ICC.

Serbia: Belvil forced eviction highlights need for new laws

17 October 2012

The new Serbian government must introduce legislation which prohibits forced evictions, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today.

France: Scores of Roma left homeless in forced eviction near Paris

15 October 2012

Around 150 Roma inhabitants have been evicted from an informal settlement in the eastern suburbs of Paris.

UK: New report slams secret justice ahead of debate on controversial bill

15 October 2012

A new Amnesty International report slams the UK government’s plans for a substantial extension of the use of secret evidence in the justice system.

Argentina: Abortion delays for rape survivor amount to torture

12 October 2012

The decision by Argentina’s Supreme Court to allow a rape survivor to have her pregnancy terminated is a step forward for women’s rights.

Iran: Eleven men face imminent execution

10 October 2012

Iran is urged to immediately commute the death sentences of 11 men who are at imminent risk of execution after being transferred to Tehran's Evin Prison.

China: Rise in forced evictions fuelling discontent

11 October 2012

Violent forced evictions in China are on the rise as local authorities seek to offset huge debts by seizing and then selling off land in suspect deals with property developers.

Death Penalty: A decade on, executions are on the wane but challenges remain

10 October 2012

Amnesty International points to progress towards abolishing capital punishment as it marks the 10th World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October.

USA: Clemency urged for Texas man facing execution for crime as teenager

4 October 2012

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and state Governor Rick Perry should grant clemency to an African American man due to be executed on 18 October.

Colombia sexual violence - Blanca Nubia Díaz’s story

4 October 2012

Blanca Nubia Díaz has been seeking justice since 2001, when paramilitaries raped and killed her 15-year-old daughter.

Colombian authorities fail to stop or punish sexual violence against women

4 October 2012

The Colombian authorities have failed to make real progress in bringing to justice those responsible for conflict-related sexual crimes.

Sarayaku Indigenous People and Amnesty International win film award

2 October 2012

A groundbreaking documentary about an Ecuadorian Indigenous community’s successful legal battle  has won a prestigious award.

USA repatriates youngest Guantánamo detainee to Canada

1 October 2012

The US military has repatriated of Guantánamo detainee Omar Khadr to his native Canada.

Tunisia: Woman allegedly raped by police faces prosecution

27 September 2012

The Tunisian authorities must drop indecency charges against a woman who was summoned to court on Wednesday after she had complained that police officers raped her.

Two executed in Japan amid fears of new wave of hangings

27 September 2012

Fears of a new wave of executions in Japan increased after two death row inmates were hanged on Thursday, one the first woman to be executed in more than 15 years.

Honduras: Killing of human rights lawyer exposes dire need for action

25 September 2012

The brazen murder of a Honduran human rights lawyer underscores just why the country’s authorities must step up their efforts to protect human rights defenders.

Report slams failure to prevent toxic waste dumping in West Africa

25 September 2012

Amnesty International and Greenpeace have called for a criminal investigation into Trafigura's toxic dumping in West Africa.

Afghanistan: 100 lashes for teen shows why climate of violence against women must be tackled

20 September 2012

The public flogging of a 16-year-old girl by a local mullah in Afghanistan is abhorrent and testifies to the precarious situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Mali: End horrific abuses targeting civilians amid conflict

20 September 2012

As conflict continues in Mali, civilians are on the receiving end of horrific abuses including amputations, sexual violence and extra-judicial executions.

The Gambia: Conditional moratorium on executions is not enough

17 September 2012

The Gambian President's conditional moratorium on executions of death row prisoners leaves at least 38 people at great risk of execution.

Egypt: Arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

14 September 2012

The Egyptian government should immediately withdraw its invitation to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and arrest him if he travels to Cairo.

Blog - Syria: Indiscriminate attacks kill, terrorize and displace civilians

14 September 2012

Every day children and other civilians are being killed and injured in indiscriminate air bombardments and artillery strikes by government armed forces all over Syria.

Afghanistan: Defer vote to appoint intelligence director accused of torture

13 September 2012

Afghanistan’s Parliament must not appoint a new national intelligence director before investigating claims of his involvement in torture and other abuses.

USA: Guantánamo death highlights urgent need to end indefinite detention

12 September 2012

The ninth death of a Guantánamo detainee highlights the urgent need for the US authorities to end indefinite detention there.

Italy’s Roma still segregated and without prospects

12 September 2012

Discriminatory laws, policies and practices which marginalize Italy’s Roma must be urgently changed.

Romania: Scores of Roma face imminent forced eviction

6 September 2012

More than 100 Romani adults and children face forced eviction from an informal settlement in northern Romania.

Libya: Former intelligence chief must be surrendered immediately to ICC

5 September 2012

Mauritania should have surrendered Abdullah al-Senussi to the ICC instead of extraditing him to Libya.

A class apart – Slovakia’s segregation of Romani students

31 August 2012

As the school year is about to begin in Slovakia, Romani families are dreading the prospect of their children being segregated from their classmates.

World Urban Forum: Leaders urged to end forced evictions

30 August 2012

Around the world, millions of people live in inadequate conditions in slums and informal settlements.

Dozens of death row prisoners in Gambia risk imminent execution

28 August 2012

At least 38 people still on death row in The Gambia are at imminent risk of execution.

Enforced Disappearances in the Americas are a crime of the present

29 August 2012

In the Americas, enforced disappearances are not just an issue of the past, with much still to be done for justice to be delivered to the victims and their relatives.

Balkans: Thousands still missing two decades after conflicts

29 August 2012

Some 14,000 people remain unaccounted for in the former Yugoslavia – nearly half of the total number who disappeared in the decade after war broke out in 1991.

Kept in the dark – the murky world of enforced disappearances

29 August 2012

Enforced disappearances - a crime under international law - are still carried out in many countries around the world.

Colombia: Conviction for conflict-related rape and murders ‘a rare victory’

28 August 2012

A civilian court's conviction of a Colombian junior army officer for the murder and rape of a girl is a rare victory.

India: Vedanta's human rights promises 'meaningless and hollow'

28 August 2012

The UK-registered mining company Vedanta has attempted to “gloss over” criticisms of its poor human rights record in India's Orissa state.

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