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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.

Arizona must stop execution of man failed by his defence lawyer

22 October 2010

Jeffrey Landrigan, who is to be executed next week, has been denied a hearing into his claim that he received poor legal representation at his trial.

Indian government's decision to reject Vedanta refinery expansion welcomed

22 October 2010

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has rejected the proposed expansion, finding that it violated environmental laws.

Guatemalan president's move to veto death penalty legislation welcomed

8 October 2010

On the eve of World Day Against the Death Penalty, Amnesty International has welcomed President Álvaro Colom’s public commitment to veto proposed legislation that would lead to the reapplication of the death penalty.

Roma families in Belgrade forcibly evicted

8 October 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Belgrade authorities to stop forced evictions after Roma families, including 17 children and one pregnant woman, were evicted from their homes in the city.

USA increasingly isolated as the world turns against death penalty

8 October 2010

Ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty, Amnesty International has urged the USA, the only country that carried out executions in the Americas in 2009, to end its use of capital punishment.

Egypt authorities urged to prevent forced evictions in city slums

5 October 2010

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty has warned in a letter to the Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif that plans to redevelop Greater Cairo's poorest areas risk leaving thousands in inadequate housing or homeless.

World Habitat Day: One billion slum dwellers cannot be ignored

1 October 2010

Governments cannot celebrate the UN World Habitat Day on 4 October while ignoring one billion people living in slums, Amnesty International said today.

Up to 20,000 at risk of forced eviction in Zimbabwe

30 September 2010

Authorities urged to halt pending evictions from a settlement on the outskirts of Harare for failure to pay prohibitively high lease renewal fees.

Salil Shetty: Human rights are key to MDG success

23 September 2010

The Millennium Development Goals can only be met if government's work to uphold the rights of the world's poorest, Amnesty International's Secretary General warns world leaders at the United Nations.

Egypt urged to protect slum-dwellers after rockslide official acquitted

22 September 2010

Amnesty International has called for decisive and inclusive action to protect people living in slums in Egypt after a senior Cairo city official was cleared of negligence over the deaths of at least 119 people in a rockslide in September 2008.

MDG Summit: World leaders fail to uphold rights of the poorest

22 September 2010

Amnesty International's Secretary General says it is unacceptable that world leaders have still not agreed to address discrimination and other human rights violations against those most vulnerable.

Feature: African activists tell of struggle to improve maternal health

20 September 2010

Activists and medical workers in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso tell Amnesty International that world leaders need to put human rights at the heart of efforts to combat maternal mortality in Africa…

Governments urged to do more to prevent women dying in pregnancy and childbirth

16 September 2010

New UN figures show that the annual rate of decline in maternal mortality is less than half of that needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal target of a 75 per cent reduction between 1990 and 2015.

Failure to respect human rights means MDGs are excluding the poorest people

16 September 2010

World leaders urged to take urgent steps to uphold the rights of millions living in poverty in order to meet targets set by the Millennium Development Goals.

France must withdraw order targeting Roma for eviction

13 September 2010

The Ministry of the Interior order provides specific instructions to police to undertake "a systematic dismantling of illegal camps" prioritizing those inhabited by Roma.

France must heed EU call to end Roma discrimination

10 September 2010

Amnesty International has urged the French authorities to comply with a European Parliament resolution to suspend its policy of expulsions of Roma from the country.

Deadly bomb attack in North Ossetia condemned

9 September 2010

Authorities urged to conduct a thorough investigation after a car bomb in the capital Vladikavkaz killed at least 16 civilians and injured dozens more.

India rejection of Vedanta mine a landmark victory for Indigenous rights

24 August 2010

Amnesty International has described the Indian government’s decision to reject the bauxite mine project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills as a landmark victory for the human rights of Indigenous communities.

India must investigate abduction of indigenous activists

11 August 2010

The two activists were abducted on their way to campaign against the bauxite mine project proposed by a subsidiary of UK-based company Vedanta Resources, and the Orissa Mining Corporation.

Serbian Roma families facing forced eviction

3 August 2010

At least 70 families living in an informal settlement in Belgrade, many of whom fled there after being forcibly evicted from other sites, could be left homeless again if the demolition goes ahead.

Cluster bomb ban treaty takes effect worldwide

1 August 2010

The groundbreaking disarmament and humanitarian treaty bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions.

States urged to support rights to water and sanitation

29 July 2010

United Nations says an estimated 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water while more than 2.6 billion people have no access to basic sanitation.

Landmark US legislation addresses sexual violence against native women

23 July 2010

The Tribal Law and Order Act, which was passed by the US House of Representatives this week, aims to address public safety issues in Indian territories.

Man shot dead by police in Nairobi forced eviction protests

21 July 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Kenyan authorities to investigate the death of a market trader reportedly shot dead by police during a protest against forced evictions in a Nairobi settlement.

Hundreds made homeless by mass forced eviction in Kenya

15 July 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Kenyan authorities to halt the forced evictions in a Nairobi settlement that have left hundreds of families homeless and destitute.

Nairobi settlement residents tell of forced eviction misery

15 July 2010

Residents and market traders from the Kabete NITD slum in Nairobi have told Amnesty International how local authorities destroyed their homes and livelihoods, leaving many struggling to survive.

States urged to agree new Arms Trade Treaty

12 July 2010

Amnesty International and other major NGOs have called on governments to draw up a new international arms treaty, as talks about control of the arms trade began at the UN on Monday.

US-Israel talks must seek end to Gaza blockade

7 July 2010

Amnesty International reiterated its call on Israel to completely lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip as Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu met US President Barack Obama in Washington this week.

Israel steps up forced evictions of West Bank Palestinians

1 July 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Israeli authorities to halt forced evictions of Palestinians in the West Bank after a recent spate of military eviction orders were served on Palestinians in the northern Jordan Valley.

Ecuador first to ratify new UN mechanism to enforce economic, social and cultural rights

16 June 2010

Other countries urged to follow suit to ensure justice for all whose rights are violated and who are denied an effective remedy in their own countries.

First convictions for 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal too little, too late

7 June 2010

Seven former employees of Union Carbide India Ltd have been convicted of negligence, 26 years after a gas leak in central India killed tens of thousands.

Images of missile and cluster munitions point to US role in fatal attack in Yemen

7 June 2010

Amnesty International has released images of a US-manufactured cruise missile that carried cluster munitions, apparently taken following an attack on an alleged al-Qa’ida training camp in Yemen that killed 41 local residents.

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