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Saudi Arabia: Four relatives executed for hashish possession amid 'disturbing' surge in executions

18 August 2014

Executions bring the number of state killings in Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks to 17 - a rate of more than one execution per day. 

Egypt: As judges recuse themselves in Morsi protest trial, fears of mass death sentences persist

12 August 2014

As news breaks that three judges have recused themselves from a mass court case in Egypt, Amnesty International remains concerned that show trials followed by mass death sentences are becoming a grim trade mark of Egyptian justice. 

Stop US shipment of fuel to Israel's armed forces as evidence of Gaza war crimes mounts

4 August 2014

Amnesty International is appealing to the US government to immediately halt the transfer of a US fuel shipment currently on its way to Israel for use by the Israeli military.

USA: Stop arms transfers to Israel amid growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza

31 July 2014

The US government must immediately end its ongoing deliveries of large quantities of arms to Israel, which are providing the tools to commit further serious violations of international law in Gaza, said Amnesty International, as it called for a total arms embargo on all parties to the conflict. 

USA: Stop arms transfers to Israel amid growing evidence of war crimes in Gaza

31 July 2014

The US government must immediately end its ongoing deliveries of large quantities of arms to Israel, which are providing the tools to commit further serious violations of international law in Gaza, said Amnesty International, as it called for a total arms embargo on all parties to the conflict. 

EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade

29 July 2014

The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and technologies that have no practical  use other than to torture, ill-treat or execute individuals.

USA: Another ‘botched’ execution, abolition the only solution

24 July 2014

The prolonged execution of a prisoner in Arizona yesterday represents another wake-up call for authorities in the USA to abolish the death penalty, said Amnesty International.

Ireland must amend abortion laws after sharp UN criticism

24 July 2014

The Irish authorities must take urgent action to bring the country’s flawed abortion laws in line with its international human rights obligations, Amnesty International said following the UN Human Rights Committee’s strongly worded criticism of the Ireland’s stance on abortion. 

Massive leap backwards as Singapore resumes executions

18 July 2014

Singapore has taken a reprehensible U-turn by executing the first two prisoners since 2011, Amnesty International and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) said today.

UN: South Sudan arms embargo crucial after massive Chinese weapons transfer

17 July 2014

The United Nations Security Council must impose a comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan, Amnesty International urged after receiving reports of Chinese small arms and ammunition proliferation amongst both sides in the conflict. 

Finland: European Court ruling a blow to transgender rights

16 July 2014

A woman from Finland who came out as transgender during her marriage should be allowed to be legally recognized as a female without changing her marital status.

Israel/Gaza: UN must impose arms embargo and mandate an international investigation as civilian death toll rises

11 July 2014

Amnesty International is calling for a UN-mandated international investigation into violations committed on all sides amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip and continuing volleys of indiscriminate rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups into Israel. 

 

Italy: Many children among dozens left homeless by forced eviction in Rome

9 July 2014

The forced eviction of 39 people – 11 of them young children, including several babies – from a Roma settlement in a Rome suburb this morning is a blatant violation of international human rights law and standards that has left numerous families homeless, Amnesty International said.

 

South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine

8 July 2014

New evidence is emerging of ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both government and opposition forces in South Sudan, Amnesty International said as the country marks its third Independence Day.

DR Congo: Returned ICC witnesses must not face death penalty or torture

5 July 2014

The Congolese authorities and the International Criminal Court must do everything in their power to ensure that three men due to be returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend do not face the death penalty, torture or other serious human rights violations.

 

AU Summit decision a backward step for international justice

1 July 2014

The decision by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity is a backward step in the fight against impunity and a betrayal of victims of serious violations of human rights.

Japan: Secret execution a stain on justice system

26 June 2014

The Japanese authorities’ determination to continue with secret executions despite growing concern on the use of the death penalty in the country is a scar on the justice system

China: Supreme Court overturns death sentence of woman who killed violent husband

24 June 2014

A woman in China convicted of killing her husband after suffering months of domestic abuse has had her death sentence overturned, in a case that highlights the urgent need for the authorities to do more to prevent violence against women.

 

Sudan: Woman condemned to death released after international pressure

23 June 2014

Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today. 

 

Egypt sentences a further 183 people to death in new purge of political opposition

21 June 2014

Today’s decision by a criminal court in El Minya, Upper Egypt to uphold death sentences against 183 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, including a blind man, provides alarming evidence of the Egyptian judiciary’s increasingly politicized and arbitrary attitude towards justice and the death penalty, said Amnesty International.  

 

Chile moves closer to decriminalizing abortion

19 June 2014

Chile’s commitment to decriminalize abortion in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, the woman’s life is in danger and when the foetus is not viable is a positive step forward to ensure and protect the rights of women and girls. 

World must follow Denmark's example after landmark transgender law

12 June 2014

A landmark law in Denmark making it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender should set an example to governments across the world.

UN: Final push will bring landmark Arms Trade Treaty into force

3 June 2014

Rapid progress has been made in the year since the ATT opened for signature and a surge of further ratifications will soon activate the treaty this year, helping to save millions of lives and protect human rights.

 

India: Authorities must impartially investigate gang-rape and murder of Dalit girls

30 May 2014

The gang-rape and murder of two teenage Dalit girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh is a gruesome reminder of the violence that Dalit women and girls face in India.

Sudan: More than half a million call to free pregnant woman sentenced to death

22 May 2014

Lawyers have confirmed to Amnesty International that an appeal has been lodged against the conviction of a pregnant Sudanese Christian woman, who has been sentenced to death for her religious choice and to 100 lashes for ‘adultery’.

UN: Russian and Chinese vetoes of Syria ICC resolution ‘callous’

22 May 2014

Russia and China have displayed a chilling disregard for countless victims of serious human rights abuses in Syria by vetoing a UN Security Council resolution today to refer the situation to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), said Amnesty International. 

 

Libya must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the ICC

21 May 2014

The Libyan authorities must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face trial on charges of crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said, following the Court’s decision to proceed with his prosecution.

Iran must halt hanging of Ahwazi Arab men after forced TV ‘confessions’

21 May 2014

The planned execution, on 22 May, of two members of the Ahwazi Arab minority who were forced to “confess” on TV and are being held in an unknown location is an absolute mockery of justice which must be stopped immediately.

Sudan: ‘Abhorrent’ death sentence for woman on grounds of her religion

15 May 2014

The decision of a Sudanese court to sentence a heavily pregnant Sudanese Christian woman to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’, and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is truly abhorrent.

Sudan: Woman facing death sentence on grounds of her religion must be released

14 May 2014

A heavily pregnant Christian Sudanese woman who could be sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’, and to flogging for ‘adultery’ should be immediately and unconditionally released, Amnesty International said ahead of the ruling expected tomorrow. 

 

Nigerian authorities failed to act on warnings about Boko Haram raid on school

9 May 2014

Damning testimonies gathered by Amnesty International reveal that Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings about Boko Haram’s armed raid on the state-run boarding school in Chibok which led to the abduction of more than 240 schoolgirls on 14-15 April. 

Brazil: Give a yellow card to restrictions on protests!

8 May 2014

As Brazil comes into the spotlight ahead of the 2014 World Cup, Amnesty International is launching a new global campaign urging authorities to ensure security forces “play by the rules” during demonstrations expected to take place ahead of and during the tournament.

Turkey: Riot police in reprehensible crackdown on peaceful May Day protest

1 May 2014

The use of tear gas and water cannon against peaceful protesters today by police in Istanbul is a reprehensible move to crack down on free expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said. 

USA: Another ‘botched’ execution underscores call to abolish death penalty

30 April 2014

Last night’s “botched” execution in Oklahoma provides yet another stark reason why authorities across the USA should impose an immediate moratorium on judicial killing and work for abolition of this inescapably cruel punishment, Amnesty International said today.

Finland: CIA rendition probe findings ‘disappointing’

29 April 2014

The failure of an official investigation to uncover hard evidence of Finland’s alleged role in the US-led programmes of rendition and secret detention a decade ago is deeply disappointing, said Amnesty International today. 

Foreign domestic workers in Qatar: Shocking cases of deception, forced labour, violence

23 April 2014

The Qatari authorities are failing to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. 

Philippines: Supreme Court ruling bolsters landmark law on reproductive rights

8 April 2014

The Philippine Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday to uphold a landmark reproductive health law as constitutional is an important victory for millions of Filipino women and girls, Amnesty International said. 

Q&A: Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE)

4 April 2014

The Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE) brings together leading global and national human rights and other NGOs, who are all calling for governments to take action on the international trade in communication surveillance technologies.

New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check

4 April 2014

World leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes, said a new global coalition of human rights organizations as it launched today in Brussels. 

 

UN: Atrocities fuelled by inaction on Arms Trade Treaty promises

1 April 2014

Millions of people around the world will continue to suffer the deadly consequences of the poorly regulated global trade in weapons until many more governments take rapid steps to bring the Arms Trade Treaty into force.

 

Japan: Appeal adds to 'psychological torture' of freed death row inmate Hakamada

31 March 2014

A decision by Japanese prosecutors to appeal against a court ruling to grant a retrial to Hakamada Iwao - who has spent over 45 years on death row - will only add to the decades of psychological torture he has already endured.  

Pakistan: Christian man sentenced to death under blasphemy law

27 March 2014

The Pakistani authorities must immediately release a Christian man sentenced to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws and quash his conviction, Amnesty International said today.

Japan: Retrial of longest-serving death row inmate must not be blocked

27 March 2014

The Japanese courts have at last seen sense and granted a retrial to a prisoner who has spent over four decades on death row. Hakamada Iwao, 78, was sentenced to death in 1968 and is believed to be the longest-serving death row inmate in the world.

Miraculous escape from execution for teenage inmate turned lawyer

27 March 2014

The first time Hafez Ibrahim faced a firing squad was in 2005. He was taken to a small yard in a Yemeni prison and brought before a row of officers with rifles in hand. He thought that moment would be his last.

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

27 March 2014

Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

Time running out for man facing the gallows in Iraq

28 March 2014

Osama Jamal ‘Abdallah Mahdi, a 32-year-old father of two, has now spent more than two years on death row in Iraq for a crime he says he didn’t commit. His uncle is now his only hope.

Egypt: More than 500 sentenced to death in ‘grotesque’ ruling

24 March 2014

Today’s mass death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court are a grotesque example of the shortcomings and the selective nature of Egypt's justice system, Amnesty International said. 

Five death penalty myths debunked

26 March 2014

Does the death penalty deter violent crime and prevent terrorist attacks? is capital punishment used only against people proven guilty of serious crimes? Find out some of the myths debunked. 

Côte d’Ivoire: Former militia leader’s transfer to the ICC a first step to justice

20 March 2014

The decision taken today by Côte d’Ivoire to send former militia leader Charles Blé Goudé, accused of crimes against humanity, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a key step towards justice for the victims of serious crimes following elections three years ago, said Amnesty International.

 

Malaysia: Halt imminent execution of man suffering from mental illness

13 March 2014

Malaysia’s authorities must immediately halt the execution of a Nigerian national suffering from mental health problems, convicted of a murder committed around 18 years ago. 

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