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UN Security Council urged to tighten arms embargo on Somalia

4 March 2014

The UN Security Council’s relaxing of the international arms embargo on Somalia last year appears to have contributed to a rise in insecurity and hundreds of civilian deaths each month, Amnesty International said as it called for a robust embargo to be restored. 

 

Ukraine must prosecute the perpetrators of demonstration deaths

26 February 2014

All those responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people killed during the anti-government protests in Ukraine must be brought to justice, said Amnesty International today. 

Sexual and reproductive rights under threat worldwide

6 March 2014

The health and lives of millions of people across the globe are being threatened by government failures to guarantee their sexual and reproductive rights, Amnesty International said today as it launched a global campaign on this issue.

15 facts on sex, pregnancy, marriage and violence

6 March 2014

Hundreds of millions of young people are being put at risk by government action or inaction with regards to their sex lives. Current UN and NGO estimates paint a perilous picture for their future. Here, 15 facts.

Spain: Proposed abortion limits would endanger lives and health of women and girls

21 February 2014

The Spanish government must withdraw a proposed bill aimed at limiting access to safe and legal abortion services, Amnesty International said in a letter sent to the country’s Minister of Justice.

Ukraine: Deeply troubling accounts of shootings amid clashes

20 February 2014

The shooting of protesters, which is contributing to the spiralling death toll in Kyiv, is deeply troubling and must prompt a swift response to bring all those responsible to justice, Amnesty International urged. 

 

Nepal: Widespread gender discrimination has triggered sexual and reproductive rights crisis

20 February 2014

Widespread gender discrimination in Nepal has led to hundreds of thousands of women suffering from a reproductive health condition that leaves them in great pain, unable to carry out daily tasks and often ostracized from their families and communities. 

Afghanistan: President Karzai blocks law protecting perpetrators of domestic violence

17 February 2014

Amnesty International commended President Hamid Karzai’s decision not to sign the draft Criminal Procedure Code, which would have denied justice to victims of rape, domestic violence and under-aged and forced marriage.

 

Malaysia: Stayed execution positive but hundreds of others still at risk

7 February 2014

The Malaysian government’s move to halt an execution scheduled for today is positive but the lives of hundreds of others on death row are still at risk, Amnesty International said. 

Malaysia: ‘Secretive execution’ must not go ahead

6 February 2014

Malaysian authorities must immediately halt plans to carry out yet another “secretive execution” this Friday, Amnesty International said. 

 

PNG: No justice for woman burned alive in 'sorcery' attack

6 February 2014

The failure of the Papua New Guinea authorities to bring the killers of a woman who was burned alive to justice, underlines their complete failure to address “sorcery” attacks.

Pakistan: Free man sentenced to death for blasphemy

24 January 2014

Pakistan must immediately and unconditionally release a man sentenced to death under the country’s blasphemy laws today.

Maldives: Halt “retrograde” move to resume executions

24 January 2014

Maldives must immediately put a stop to any plans to resume executions for the first time in 60 years.

India: Another horrific gang-rape must be investigated

23 January 2014

The adivasi woman was allegedly gang-raped on the orders of an unelected all-male village council as punishment for falling in love with a Muslim man.

Morocco: Amendment of rape provision is a step in the right direction

23 January 2014

Vote by Parliament means that rapists can no longer escape prosecution by marrying their victims if they are under 18.

Iraq: Another spike in executions with 38 hanged in last four days

22 January 2014

Reports have emerged today of 12 secret executions carried out by the Iraqi authorities, bringing the number of prisoners put to death since Sunday to 38.

India: Landmark Supreme Court decision upholds rights of death row prisoners

21 January 2014

Court commutes the death sentences of 15 prisoners and sets out guidelines to safeguard the rights of prisoners on death row and their families.

USA: Texas execution would violate international court ruling

17 January 2014

The Texas authorities must halt the execution of Mexican national Edgar Arias Tamayo, set to take place on 22 January, which would violate an international court order.

Iran hangs 40 people in two weeks amid surge in executions

16 January 2014

Iran has carried out a total of 40 executions since the beginning of 2014, with at least 33 carried out in the past week alone, said Amnesty International today.

South Korea suspends tear gas supplies to Bahrain

7 January 2014

South Korea today announced a halt to shipments of tear gas to Bahrain, following pressure from Amnesty International and other human rights groups.

South Sudan: UN peacekeeping force must protect civilians in peril

24 December 2013

The UN Secretary-General’s request for the UN Security Council to provide additional human and material resources to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reflects the urgent need to protect civilians at risk amid the escalating violence, Amnesty International said.

 

Syria: Harrowing torture, summary killings in secret ISIS detention centres

19 December 2013

Torture, flogging, and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by ISIS, an armed group that controls large areas of northern Syria.

Bangladesh: Protect against reprisals after Islamist leader’s execution

12 December 2013

Today’s hanging of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Mollah is a disgrace, and Bangladeshi authorities must now ensure that people are protected against reprisal attacks, said Amnesty International.

Honduras: ‘They can’t clip our wings’

7 December 2013

For over 30 years, a group of human rights defenders in Honduras has been a beacon of hope for people whose rights have been violated.

Central African Republic: UN must not let peacekeepers fail

5 December 2013

The international community must give peacekeepers in the Central African Republic all the means necessary to protect civilians or risk an escalation in atrocities that could spill over to neighbouring countries.

Central African Republic: UN must not let peacekeepers fail

5 December 2013

The international community must give peacekeepers in the Central African Republic all the means necessary to protect civilians or risk an escalation in atrocities that could spill over to neighbouring countries.

Israel/OPT: Gaza power crisis has compounded blockade’s assault on human dignity

1 December 2013

Israel must immediately lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip, including by allowing the delivery of fuel and other essential supplies into the territory without restrictions, said Amnesty International today.

Malian authorities must release children detained in prison

30 November 2013

The Malian authorities must immediately release five children that have been detained in a military detention centre for over seven months, says Amnesty International today as it releases a Human Rights Agenda for Mali, in the country’s capital.

Malian authorities must release children detained in prison

30 November 2013

The Malian authorities must immediately release five children that have been detained in a military detention centre for over seven months, says Amnesty International today as it releases a Human Rights Agenda for Mali, in the country’s capital.

Morocco/Western Sahara: Obama must press King Mohammed VI over ’rape and kissing’ laws

21 November 2013

US President Barack Obama must urge Moroccan King Mohammed VI to scrap laws which see women and girls forced to marry their rapists, and teenagers facing jail for kissing in a public place.

Cambodia: Global call to release Yorm Bopha ahead of Supreme Court appeal

19 November 2013

Cambodia must free housing rights activist Yorm Bopha, Amnesty International said as it launched a worldwide campaign for her release just days before her Supreme Court appeal.

Global campaign targets violence against women and girls caused by 'militarism'

25 November 2013

Amnesty International supporters worldwide today begin a 16-day global campaign challenging violence against women and girls exacerbated by increasingly militarized societies or "militarism".

Indonesia: Fifth execution confirms shocking new trend of secrecy

18 November 2013

The execution of a Pakistani man in Indonesia on Sunday, carried out in secret, is a shocking and regressive step.

Sri Lanka: World must not abandon Sri Lanka’s victims after CHOGM

17 November 2013

The international community must keep up pressure on the Sri Lankan government to address its human rights crisis as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) draws to a close.

Singapore: Landmark ruling lifts death penalty for drug offender

14 November 2013

The reduction of a death sentence to life imprisonment for a convicted drug trafficker in Singapore must now be followed by continued reforms, Amnesty International said.

Iraq: Executions at their highest in post-Saddam Iraq

8 November 2013

A sharp increase in the use of the death penalty in Iraq has brought the number of known executions to the highest since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, with at least seven prisoners sent to the gallows yesterday.

Bangladesh: Death sentences for 152 mutineers are a further injustice

5 November 2013

Today’s death sentences handed down by a Bangladeshi court to 152 people involved in a 2009 mutiny are a perversion of justice, Amnesty International said.

UN: Victims’ right to justice must take priority at talks over ICC trials on Kenya

30 October 2013

The United Nations Security Council must not lose sight of the victims’ right to obtain justice for the horrific crimes that took place in Kenya’s post-election period nearly six years ago.

Poland grants victim status to Guantánamo detainee over torture allegations

30 October 2013

By granting “injured person” status to a torture survivor currently detained by the US military at Guantánamo Bay, the Polish authorities are a step closer to revealing the truth about the US-led secret detention and rendition programme in Poland.

Iran: Lives of two death row inmates from Kurdish minority at risk amid surge in executions

28 October 2013

Two death row prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority are at imminent risk of being executed after the Iranian authorities carried out 20 death sentences over the weekend.

Saudi Arabia must not thwart campaign for women drivers

24 October 2013

The Saudi Arabian authorities must respect the right of women to drive this Saturday in defiance of a ban on women driving in the Kingdom, said Amnesty International.

Colombia: Paramilitary group threatens indigenous protesters with ‘social cleansing’

21 October 2013

There are serious ongoing concerns for the safety of indigenous protesters in Colombia amid escalating violence against them by the security forces and after their leaders received a death threat from a right-wing paramilitary group.

Japan: Death row inmate's retrial rejection is 'travesty of justice'

17 October 2013

Okunishi Masaru, who has spent more than 40 years facing execution and is one of the oldest death row prisoners in the world, has had his seventh request for a retrial turned down.

Iran must halt execution of prisoner who ‘survived hanging’

16 October 2013

Iranian authorities say prisoner will be hanged for a second time once his condition improves.

Iraq: Dozens executed in two days amid increased violence

10 October 2013

The Iraqi authorities must immediately halt all executions, Amnesty International said after 42 people were executed in the last two days.

Resumption in executions is a shameful political manoeuvre

10 October 2013

Politicians need to stop presenting the death penalty as a quick-fix to reduce high crime rates and instead address problems in the criminal justice system.

Kenya: Legislation urgently required to halt devastating forced evictions

7 October 2013

The Kenyan government must put an immediate end to mass evictions until legal safeguards are put in place to protect the human rights of the thousands of residents living in slums and informal settlements who are affected, said Amnesty International.

Bangladesh must overturn all death sentences

1 October 2013

The death sentence imposed against a Bangladeshi MP convicted of crimes against humanity is not the way to bring justice to the many victims of the country’s war of independence.

World leaders urged to make Arms Trade Treaty work after more than 100 sign on

26 September 2013

Amnesty International urged governments to act on their promises to end the flow of conventional arms that fuel atrocities and abuse,  after the number of countries that signed the historic Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) passed the 100 mark.

Iraq executes 13 men following unfair trials marred by torture allegations

25 September 2013

All executions in Iraq must be halted immediately, Amnesty International urged today after 13 men were executed in Baghdad.

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