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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.

USA set to sign Arms Trade Treaty

24 September 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to sign the Arms Trade Treaty at the UN General Assembly this week.

Iran: Halt the execution of four Kurds on death row

20 September 2013

The Iranian authorities must urgently halt the execution of four Sunni Muslim men from Iran’s Kurdish minority who could be executed within days.

UN: Demand al-Bashir’s surrender to the International Criminal Court

20 September 2013

Member states of the United Nations General Assembly must demand that Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir surrender to the International Criminal Court.

Libya must surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to International Criminal Court

18 September 2013

The Libyan authorities should immediately hand Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and former intelligence chief Abdallah al-Senussi to the International Criminal Court.

Bangladesh: Death sentence without right of judicial appeal defies human rights law

17 September 2013

Bangladesh should immediately commute the death sentence of Abdul Quader Mollah, Amnesty International said after the Supreme Court increased his sentence from life imprisonment to death following an appeal by the government.

Prominent policewoman another casualty for women’s rights in Afghanistan

16 September 2013

The killing of one of Afghanistan’s most senior woman police officers is the latest setback for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Kenya’s ICC trials

16 September 2013

Questions and answers about the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto and former broadcaster Joshua arap Sang on charges of crimes against humanity.

Italy must not pardon former CIA agent involved in rendition

13 September 2013

The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano must reject a former CIA agent’s plea to be pardoned for a crime he committed in the country as part of the US-led rendition programme.

India: Death penalty will not end violence against women

13 September 2013

Far-reaching procedural and institutional reform, and not the death penalty, is needed to tackle the endemic problem of violence against women in India.

India: Death penalty will not end violence against women

13 September 2013

Far-reaching procedural and institutional reform, and not the death penalty, is needed to tackle the endemic problem of violence against women in India.

China: Halt imminent forced eviction of housing rights activist

11 September 2013

Chinese authorities must stop imminent plans to forcibly evict the last remaining residents of the village of Ba Gou just outside of Beijing.

Turkey: Fresh protests spark fears over pending tear gas shipments

12 September 2013

All countries should suspend shipments of tear gas, armoured vehicles and other riot control projectile equipment to Turkey.

Kenya: Cooperate fully with International Criminal Court trials

9 September 2013

The Kenyan authorities must cooperate fully with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ensure justice is done for the victims of the 2007-8 post-election violence.

Cambodia: Jailed activist must be released, not forgotten

3 September 2013

Cambodian human rights defender Yorm Bopha, imprisoned on spurious grounds last year, must be released immediately, Amnesty International said ahead of the one-year anniversary of her arrest.

French authorities forcibly evict 150 people, including 60 children

27 August 2013

The French authorities’ evictions of Romani communities across the country continue to flout international law a year after the government published an inter-ministerial circular on the issue.

Recent bloodshed underscores urgent need to halt arms transfers to Egypt

20 August 2013

All governments must suspend the transfer of weapons of the type used by Egypt’s security forces in violent dispersals and unwarranted lethal force against sit-ins and other protests.

Nigeria becomes first African nation to ratify Arms Trade Treaty

14 August 2013

Nigeria’s ratification of the landmark global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Tuesday is a welcome move that should pave the way for more African nations to get behind the treaty.

Nigeria: Lagos state government must stop wave of devastating forced evictions

12 August 2013

New evidence from satellite images reveals the true extent of a forced eviction in Badia East, Lagos – one of Africa’s two megacities.

Hamas must halt post-Eid executions planned in Gaza

8 August 2013

The Hamas authorities in Gaza say they plan to carry out several executions after this week’s Muslim religious festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Viet Nam: Hundreds at risk after 'deplorable' resumption of executions

6 August 2013

The first execution in Viet Nam in more than 18 months is outrageous and puts hundreds of death row prisoners at risk.

Libya: al-Gaddafi loyalists at risk of ‘revenge’ death sentences

2 August 2013

Hundreds of former soldiers and al-Gaddafi supporters are at increased risk of execution, following death sentencing against a former al-Gaddafi minister.

Israel: Protect citizens' rights to protest peacefully against forced evictions

31 July 2013

The Israeli authorities must not use excessive force on demonstrators planning to protest against a plan to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Arab Bedouins from their homes in southern Israel.

Ecuador: One year after decisive ruling, Sarayaku struggle goes on

25 July 2013

The government of Ecuador must do more to protect the human rights of the indigenous people of Sarayaku if it is to fully comply with an international court ruling.

Former CIA agent involved in rendition must be returned to Italy to face justice

19 July 2013

Amnesty International is calling for the return of CIA agent Robert Seldon Lady to Italy to face justice for his part in the US-led rendition programme.

Italian government must ensure accountability for illegal expulsion to Kazakhstan

16 July 2013

The Italian government must investigate and make public all the facts behind the illegal expulsion of the wife and daughter of Kazakhstani opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Pakistan: Thousands of prisoners at risk if government resumes executions

3 July 2013

Nigeria executions: “They almost executed him secretly”

28 June 2013

The son of a furniture maker on death row in Nigeria described his sence of despair at the news that his father may be put to death at any point from now on.

USA: Texas must halt 'shameful' 500th execution

26 June 2013

52-year-old Kimberly McCarthy, currently held in prison in Texas, is set to become the 500th person to be executed since the reinstatement of capital punishment in the USA in 1976.

Nigeria: Man dragged to the gallows will now be executed by firing squad

25 June 2013

A death row prisoner in Nigeria is due to be executed by firing squad later this week after prison authorities dragged him to the gallows where they hanged four other men on Monday night.

Nigeria: Halt hangings of five men in Edo State

24 June 2013

A court in Nigeria allowed the execution by hanging of three men to proceed and the Governor of Edo state signed the execution warrants of two others.

Romania: Thousands of lives uprooted in forced evictions

18 June 2013

The Romanian authorities betray thousands of their citizens through broken promises and total disregard of their right to adequate housing, Amnesty International said in a new report published today on forced evictions in the country.

USA: Revelations about government surveillance ‘raise red flags’

7 June 2013

New revelations about the alleged reach of the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s surveillance efforts raise serious questions about the US authorities’ respect for the right to privacy.

Human rights must play stronger role in post-2015 development agenda

5 June 2013

World leaders must strengthen the human rights element of new development goals or risk their failure, Amnesty International warned after the latest global development proposal was unveiled.

Political leaders challenged to deliver on Arms Trade Treaty promises

3 June 2013

As 67 states signed the landmark Arms Trade Treaty, Amnesty International today challenged governments to deliver on their promises to rapidly and rigorously implement the treaty.

Cambodia: Release mother imprisoned for housing rights activism

3 June 2013

The Cambodian authorities must release housing rights activist and prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha who was jailed after an unfair trial.

European Court again chides Greece over discrimination against Roma schoolchildren

30 May 2013

Greece must immediately stop segregating Romani schoolchildren from their peers following a third European Court of Human Rights against discrimination of Roma in Greek schools.

Papua New Guinea repeals Sorcery Act while moving closer to executions

28 May 2013

New laws expanding death penalty signal intent to restart executions, following outcry over murders of women accused of 'sorcery'.

Papua New Guinea repeals Sorcery Act while moving closer to executions

28 May 2013

New laws expanding death penalty signal intent to restart executions, following outcry over murders of women accused of 'sorcery'.

Obituary: Christopher Keith Hall, 1946-2013

27 May 2013

Amnesty International paid tribute today to Christopher Keith Hall, a long-serving senior legal adviser at the organization, who died, aged 66, after a battle with cancer.

African Union: Reject Kenya’s attempt to shield its leaders from accountability

24 May 2013

The African Union must reject Kenya’s attempts to shield its leaders from being held to account for the human rights violations that took place in Kenya in 2007-2008.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

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