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Amnesty International on its work with Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners

11 February 2010

Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone on the controversy surrounding the organization in light of statements made by a staff member.

Amnesty International on its work with Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners

11 February 2010

Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone on the controversy surrounding the organization in light of statements made by a staff member.

Governments urged to condemn Nicaragua abortion ban

4 February 2010

The country's revised penal code stipulates prison sentences for girls and women who seek an abortion and for health professionals who provide health services associated with abortion.

Governments urged to condemn Nicaragua abortion ban

4 February 2010

The country's revised penal code stipulates prison sentences for girls and women who seek an abortion and for health professionals who provide health services associated with abortion.

Haiti's human rights challenge

29 January 2010

1 day to go: Burkina Faso maternal mortality campaign countdown

26 January 2010

Women in Burkina Faso suffer discrimination in every area of their lives, with unequal access to education, health care and employment.

US and UN must guarantee Haiti emergency assistance

22 January 2010

US authorities and UN agencies in Haiti must urgently resolve the lack of access to emergency aid for those in desperate need following last week's earthquake.

2 days to go: Burkina Faso Maternal Mortality Campaign: Follow the caravan on our geoblog

25 January 2010

Maternal death can be prevented. About a year ago, Amnesty International Burkina Faso was starting to plan the campaign and was already thinking of having a caravan to tour the country.

5 days to go: Burkina Faso Maternal Mortality Campaign Countdown

22 January 2010

Safiatou died while trying to reach a health centre after delivering her baby at home. Safiatou's story is one of 50 cases that Amnesty International’s researchers investigated in-depth.

Burkina Faso maternal mortality caravan countdown

20 January 2010

US continues to look the other way on 'war on terror' abuses

20 January 2010

President Obama's administration has failed to match its words with concrete action when it comes to accountability and remedy for human rights violations committed in the name of 'countering terrorism'.

US continues to look the other way on 'war on terror' abuses

20 January 2010

President Obama's administration has failed to match its words with concrete action when it comes to accountability and remedy for human rights violations committed in the name of 'countering terrorism'.

Israel's Gaza blockade continues to suffocate daily life

18 January 2010

Israel must end its suffocating blockade of the Gaza Strip, which leaves more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty.

Protection of human rights must accompany relief efforts in Haiti

15 January 2010

Amnesty International called on the UN to put in place measures for the protection of human rights and the most vulnerable among the survivors of devastating earthquake.

European states must take concrete steps to help close Guantánamo

11 January 2010

Leading human rights organizations have urged more European states to accept detainees held at the US detention centre at Guantánamo who cannot be returned to their countries of origin.

Lithuania admits existence of secret prison

22 December 2009

A Lithuanian parliamentary committee has concluded that a CIA secret prison operated in Lithuania during the US-led “war on terror”.

Not Done Yet

19 December 2009

Côte d’Ivoire must stop attempt to defraud toxic waste dump victims

18 December 2009

An attempt to defraud victims of the Trafigura toxic waste dump disaster out of $45 million must be stopped, Amnesty International said on Friday in an open letter.

Lithuania secret prison inquiry must set an example

17 December 2009

The government and President Dalia Grybauskaite have been urged to ensure that next week's report into allegations that the CIA operated a 'black site' in Lithuanian is thorough, independent, and impartial.

Women on the frontline for human rights

10 December 2009

To mark World Human Rights Day, Amnesty International spoke to three women who put their lives on the line in defence of human rights.

Former Guantánamo Bay detainees deserve justice in Italy

9 December 2009

Tunisian nationals Adel Ben Mabrouk and Riadh Nasseri are suspected of having committed terrorism-related crimes in Italy prior to being held at the US detention centre.

Ten million demand 'fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty'

7 December 2009

Petition delivered to world leaders as they gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this week.

Sri Lankan government must permanently release all civilians

1 December 2009

Climate change deal must ensure the poor are not left out and further disadvantaged

30 November 2009

Political leaders meeting in Copenhagen next week must reach a fair, ambitious and binding deal on climate change, said Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

Australian government must end state-sponsored racially discriminatory measures

18 November 2009

Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan has warned the Australian government not to squander a unique opportunity to right historic wrongs.

Women, violence and poverty - breaking out of the gender trap

25 November 2009

Côte d’Ivoire toxic waste dump victims reflect on "small victory"

10 November 2009

Victims of the 2006 toxic waste dumping scandal in Côte d’Ivoire told Amnesty International on Monday that a ruling protecting their compensation was a "small victory".

Scores made homeless by house demolitions in Nigeria

6 November 2009

Scores of Nigerians lost their homes on Friday morning when Rivers state authorities began bulldozing buildings in Port Harcourt, Amnesty International has learned.

Nicaragua's Constitutional Court must decide on legality of new abortion law

6 November 2009

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the Nicaraguan Supreme Court continues to delay its judgment on the legality of new criminal laws on abortion which entered into force in 2008.

Convictions in Abu Omar rendition case a step toward accountability

5 November 2009

US and Italian intelligence agents are convicted for their involvement in the abduction of Usama Mostafa Hassan Nasr (better known as Abu Omar).

Demolition set to leave hundreds homeless in Nigeria

3 November 2009

Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes to make way for a commercial development in Rivers State, Nigeria, Amnesty International has learned.

World's biggest arms traders promise global arms treaty

30 October 2009

The vast majority of governments – 153 in total - agreed a timetable to establish a "strong and robust" Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations on Friday.

Photo exhibition promotes Arms Trade Treaty at the UN

30 October 2009

A photo exhibition compiled and staged at the UN by the Control Arms Campaign aims to influence negotiations for an effective International Arms Trade Treaty.

The day the bulldozers came...

27 October 2009

Turkey must allow refugees to return without fear

23 October 2009

As refugees begin to leave the Mahmur camp in northern Iraq, Amnesty International has urged the authorities to allow Turkish citizens of Kurdish origin to return without harassment and discrimination.

Peru one step closer to legalising abortion

23 October 2009

The Peruvian Congress' has decided to stand by its proposal to decriminalize abortion in cases where women and girls become pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

Peru must build on plans to legalise abortion

20 October 2009

Amnesty International has called on the Peruvian authorities to step up recent efforts to decriminalise abortion in the country.

Paraguayan indigenous families left homeless after bill rejected

16 October 2009

Amnesty International has criticised the Paraguayan Congress for rejecting a draft bill that would have returned ancestral land to the Yakye Axa indigenous community.

Ban Ki-moon congratulates Amnesty International on new poverty campaign

15 October 2009

US Joins Arms Trade Treaty Talks, But At High Price

15 October 2009

NGOs welcome US support but warn that proposal to give every Member State veto power would weaken not strengthen future Treaty.

The Unheard Truth: World leaders must change debate on poverty and human rights

15 October 2009

Amnesty International's Secretary General has called on world leaders and policy makers to shift the debate on poverty from economics to addressing the human rights problems that impoverish and keep people poor.

Three killed as Nigerian security forces fire at demonstrators

14 October 2009

Amnesty International has condemned the excessive use of force by some of the members of the Nigerian security forces after three people were shot dead during a protest against demolition of homes in Rivers State.

Amnesty International urges President Obama to build on Nobel Peace Prize win

9 October 2009

US President Barack Obama must keep justice, human rights and the rule of law at the centre of his efforts to promote peace.

Guinea: Military and police weapons transfers must be suspended

8 October 2009

Amnesty International has called on all states to suspend international supplies of military and police weaponry, munitions and other equipment that could be used to commit human rights violations by Guinean security forces.

Displaced Sri Lankans trapped between the military and the impending monsoon

8 October 2009

A quarter of a million Sri Lankans now being held in de facto detention camps are facing a humanitarian disaster as monsoon rains threaten to flood camps.

UN event hears the need for human rights in global Arms Trade Treaty

8 October 2009

More than 100 government officials from around the world attended an event at the United Nations where Amnesty International launched a new briefing on the arms trade. 

World Habitat Day: Governments in Africa must end forced evictions

5 October 2009

Governments in Africa must end the practice of forced evictions that leave hundreds of thousands homeless every year, Amnesty International said on World Habitat Day, 5 October.

Governments sign up to defend economic, social and cultural rights

24 September 2009

Twenty states began signing an international agreement to address violations of economic, social and cultural rights at the United Nations in New York on Thursday.

Thousands unite to end maternal mortality in Sierra Leone

23 September 2009

Over 4,000 people gathered in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Tuesday to attend the launch of Amnesty International's campaign to end maternal mortality in the country.

VIDEO: Maternal mortality in Sierra Leone

22 September 2009

A woman faces a higher risk of dying in child birth in Sierra Leone than almost anywhere in the world.

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