News

Leaked Guantánamo files highlight need for fair trials and accountability

26 April 2011

Amnesty International renews its call on US authorities to release or give fair trials to remaining detainees after leaked files reveal fresh details about detention centre.

Croatia: Key international court ruling delivers justice to victims of war crimes

15 April 2011

A guilty verdict for two Croatian generals for crimes against humanity is a long-awaited victory for Croatia's war victims.

Malaysian man faces imminent execution in Singapore after appeal fails

5 April 2011

A young Malaysian man faces imminent hanging after his final appeal failed in Singapore

USA: U-turn on trial forum for 9/11 suspects betrays human rights

5 April 2011

Guantanamo detainee Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried by a military commission rather than in an ordinary federal court. 

Azerbaijan protests broken up as riot police move in

2 April 2011

Scores are detained and hundreds of riot police are deployed as "Day of Wrath" protests are targeted by the authorities.

Thorough investigation urged over Libya rape case

28 March 2011

Libyan authorities must investigate Eman al-Obeidi's rape allegations, reveal her whereabouts and guarantee her safety

Death Penalty 2010 statistics - graphics

28 March 2011

Graphics displaying death penalty statistics for 2010.

Egyptian women protesters forced to take ‘virginity tests’

23 March 2011

Women protesters cleared from Tahrir Square on 9 March were forced to have ‘virginity tests' after being beaten and given electric shocks by soldiers.

Q&A: Human rights and war in Libya

21 March 2011

Illinois abolishes the death penalty

10 March 2011

Illinois will become the 16th state in the USA to ban capital punishment when the law signed by Governor Quinn comes into effect on 1 July.

Guatemala must act to stop the killing of women

7 March 2011

Authorities urged to stop the high numbers of women being killed across the country and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice, ahead of International Women's Day.

Executions of five men in Taiwan condemned

4 March 2011

The executions come four weeks after President Ma Ying-jeou formally apologised for the execution of an innocent man in 1997.

Tens of thousands at risk in Côte d'Ivoire as fighting intensifies

1 March 2011

Amnesty International urges authorities in Côte d'Ivoire to protect the population as tens of thousands of people were forced to flee heavy gunfire amid intensified fighting across the country.

India steel project threatens human rights

28 February 2011

About 2,000 Indian farmers in Orissa state could lose their livelihoods in the next month if a proposed US$12 billion steel plant operation involving South Korean steel giant POSCO goes ahead, Amnesty International warns.

Governments urged to act on Arms Trade Treaty

28 February 2011

Control Arms Coalition calls on countries meeting at the UN in New York this week to ensure no weapons or munitions are sold to human rights abusers.

Security Council must refer Libya to International Criminal Court

25 February 2011

Amnesty International urges the UN to act now to stop the outrageous abuses taking place on the streets of Tripoli and elsewhere in the country.

Zimbabwe treason charges an attack on freedom of expression

25 February 2011

Amnesty International expresses shock that at least 45 Zimbabwean activists have been charged with treason and could face the death penalty following their arrest at a lecture on the protests in North Africa.

DR Congo colonel's rape conviction is first step on road to justice

23 February 2011

Amnesty International urges authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up reforms to its justice system following the conviction of a military general for crimes against humanity.

Trinidad and Tobago urged to stop drive towards executions

16 February 2011

Amnesty International urges members of Trinidad and Tobago’s parliament to vote against a constitutional amendment Bill which would allow executions to be resumed in the country.

President Bush cancels visit to Switzerland

6 February 2011

Former US president George W. Bush reportedly cancels a planned visit to Geneva, ahead of expected protests and possible legal action against the former president.

Ghana railway dwellers under new threat of forced eviction

27 January 2011

Thousands of people who live and trade in kiosks and small structures built along the railway lines face homelessness and destitution if they are forcibly evicted from their homes.

Iran hangs two men detained during 2009 unrest

24 January 2011

Ja'far Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei had been convicted of 'enmity against God', 'propaganda against the system' and having contacts with a banned opposition group.

13-year-old US boy's murder trial could violate international law

24 January 2011

Amnesty International urges the US authorities in the state of Pennsylvania to drop their pursuit of a murder trial in an adult court for a 13-year-old boy, as it could result in a violation of international law.

Shell accused over misleading figures on Nigeria oil spills

25 January 2011

Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth International have filed an official OECD complaint against oil giant Shell for breaches of basic standards for responsible business.

Clemency urged for man facing imminent execution in Yemen

18 January 2011

Amnesty International calls on the Yemeni authorities to halt the execution of a man facing the death penalty for a murder he is alleged to have committed when he was under 18 years old.

Egyptian authorities urged to drop death sentence for sectarian killings

18 January 2011

Amnesty international has condemned the death sentence imposed on a man found guilty of sectarian killings in Egypt and called on the authorities there to stop circumventing the criminal justice system by using emergency courts.

Lithuania must reopen CIA secret prison investigation

18 January 2011

The investigation surrounding the existence of secret prisons run by the US Central Agency (CIA) in Lithuania must not be closed until all avenues of evidence have been thoroughly pursued, Amnesty International has said.  

Illinois one step away from ending executions

12 January 2011

Amnesty International has urged Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois to bring an end to executions in his state by signing a bill to abolish the death penalty newly passed by the state legislature.

Dominican Republic must stop forcible deportation of Haitians

7 January 2011

Amnesty International has urged authorities in the Dominican Republic to immediately halt the mass deportation of Haitian migrants amid claims by the authorities that the move is necessary to prevent the spread of cholera.

Clemency call for Kurdish law student facing execution in Iran

24 December 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of a Kurdish law student, scheduled for 26 December, and to commute his death sentence.

UN endorses vote to end executions

21 December 2010

Amnesty International today urged all states that retain the death penalty to establish an immediate moratorium on executions as the first step toward abolishing the death penalty.

Romania urged to provide accommodation for homeless families after eviction

22 December 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Romanian authorities to provide urgent housing assistance to several Roma families made homeless by a forced eviction last week.

11 hanged in Iran following suicide bomb attack

21 December 2010

Amnesty International condemns the execution of those accused of links to the bomb attack in Chabahar that killed more than 39 people last week.

Italy prevents trial of intelligence agents over Abu Omar rendition

16 December 2010

An Italian court has increased rendition sentences for American CIA agents but is still shielding high-ranking Italian officials from trial under a 'state secrets' doctrine.

Reports of latest Ashtiani TV 'confession' in Iran condemned

10 December 2010

State-controlled channel Press TV is to broadcast a new "confession" by Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who faces possible execution.

Iraqi Interior Minister demands execution of al-Qai'da suspects

3 December 2010

Jawad al-Bolani condemned for parading the 39 men before journalists, handcuffed and clad in orange jumpsuits and calling for their swift execution.

Execution of Iranian footballer's wife condemned

1 December 2010

Shahla Jahed, the temporary wife of Nasser Mohammad-Khani, a former striker for the Iranian national team, has been hanged for stabbing to death her husband's permanent wife.

Wikileaks cable corroborates evidence of US airstrikes in Yemen

1 December 2010

A leaked cable confirms images released by Amnesty International showing that the US military carried out a missile strike in south Yemen that killed dozens of local residents.

Fresh claims of abuse of Indonesian domestic workers in Saudi Arabia

19 November 2010

Amnesty International today called on the Saudi Arabian authorities to protect domestic workers from abuse, following the reported discovery of the mutilated body of an Indonesian woman in a skip.

Singapore sentences UK author to jail

16 November 2010

Singapore dealt a sharp blow to freedom of expression by sentencing 76-year-old British author Alan Shadrake to jail for publishing a book which criticises the Singaporean judiciary, Amnesty International said today. 

UN votes once again to end executions

11 November 2010

The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee today adopted a resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, the third since 2007.

Fears grow for Iran stoning case lawyer and son

3 November 2010

Amnesty International today called on Iran to immediately release the lawyer and son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who is at risk of execution by stoning.

Singapore convicts author of death penalty book

3 November 2010

Singapore’s conviction of author Alan Shadrake for contempt of court will further stifle freedom of expression and legitimate criticism of the judiciary, says Amnesty International.

Indonesian woman persecuted for the 'shame' of being raped and pregnant

4 November 2010

19-year old domestic worker Rhaya was ostracised and her family forced to leave their home after she was raped and became pregnant.

Indonesian woman persecuted for the 'shame' of being raped and pregnant

4 November 2010

19-year old domestic worker Rhaya was ostracised and her family forced to leave their home after she was raped and became pregnant.

Amnesty International and Gael García Bernal launch films on migrants in Mexico

8 November 2010

Amnesty International and Mexican actor and producer Gael García Bernal, have launched a series of films depicting the plight of irregular migrants in Mexico.

UN to consider third resolution on a moratorium on executions

28 October 2010

The 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) considers a resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

Former Saddam Hussain officials face death penalty

26 October 2010

Amnesty International today called on the Iraqi authorities not to execute former Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and two other former officials sentenced to death.

USA must address Omar Khadr rights violations following plea deal

25 October 2010

US authorities urged to address human rights violations committed against Canadian national in spite of him pleading guilty to the charges against him at a Guantánamo military commission.

USA must investigate detainee abuse claims in Wikileaks files

22 October 2010

Amnesty International calls on the USA to investigate how much US officials knew about the torture of detainees held by Iraqi security forces after new evidence emerged in files released by the Wikileaks organization.

How you can help

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE