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Zimbabwe: Appointment of new hangman raises spectre of imminent executions

8 February 2013

The appointment of a new hangman raises fears that the country may be preparing to start executions again after a seven year hiatus.

First arrests under Malaysia’s oppressive new security law

7 February 2013

The Malaysian authorities must immediately release or formally charge two Malaysian men now detained under a repressive new security law.

Egypt: Impunity fuels sexual violence

6 February 2013

Letting perpetrators in Egypt get away with sexual harassment and assault has fuelled violent attacks against women in the vicinity of Tahrir Square.

New route to justice for poorest being denied to millions

5 February 2013

Uruguay today provided the crucial 10th ratification of a new UN Protocol which will allow individuals and groups to seek justice if their rights are trampled on.

Yemen: Scores of children on prison hunger strike after minor sentenced to die

30 January 2013

Despair and hopelessness pervade in a Yemeni prison where scores of children are on hunger strike to protest at their conditions and about a fellow inmate's recent death sentence.

Davos and the bigger picture

24 January 2013

No one at the World Economic Forum should ignore global inequality, including from a human rights perspective, says Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

China: Halt imminent execution of woman who killed violent husband

23 January 2013

A Chinese woman who beat her husband to death with a gun after suffering months of domestic violence should not be executed.

China: Halt imminent execution of woman who killed violent husband

23 January 2013

A Chinese woman who beat her husband to death with a gun after suffering months of domestic violence should not be executed.

Guatemala’s war on women

21 January 2013

In 2012 alone, around 560 women were murdered across the Central American country, many after being sexually assaulted.

Sudan releases prisoner of conscience

20 January 2013

Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko has been released after nine months in detention, during which time she faced the death penalty on fabricated charges.

Turkey: Anti-terror arrests target prominent human rights lawyers

18 January 2013

Overnight police raids in several Turkish cities have resulted in the arrest of 15 human rights lawyers known for defending individuals’ right to freedom of speech and victims of police violence.

Pakistan: Investigate deaths in lawless Tribal Areas

17 January 2013

Following protests against unlawful killings across the Tribal Areas, Pakistan's authorities must investigate and bring anyone identified as responsible to justice in fair trials.

Time to end the inaction over killings of women in Guatemala

17 January 2013

Authorities in Guatemala are putting the lives of women at risk by systematically failing to protect them and ensure those responsible for the hundreds of killings that take place each year face justice.

Mali: ICC investigation of conflict crimes a key step towards justice

16 January 2013

Today’s announcement that the ICC will open an investigation into crimes under international law committed in Mali's conflict is a crucial step towards justice.

New youth website will enhance understanding of human rights and poverty

15 January 2013

Young people in countries around the world have the opportunity to learn about the link between poverty and human rights thanks to a new digital platform launched by Amnesty International.

Dozens of UN members urge immediate ICC referral of ‘desperate’ situation in Syria

14 January 2013

The UN Security Council must immediately refer the situation in Syria to the Prosecutor of the ICC in line with a request made this morning by dozens of UN member states

Haiti: Three years on from earthquake housing situation catastrophic

11 January 2013

Three years on from the Haiti earthquake the housing situation in the country is nothing short of catastrophic with hundreds of thousands of people living in fragile shelters ever since.

Beheading of domestic worker shows Saudi Arabia at odds with international standards

9 January 2013

A Sri Lankan domestic worker has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed while still a child.

Sri Lankan woman at risk of execution in Saudi Arabia

8 January 2013

A young Sri Lankan woman is at imminent risk of execution in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed whilst under the age of 18.

Saudi Arabia: 11 women still held after protest

8 January 2013

At least 11 women are still believed to be in detention in Saudi Arabia after being detained at a protest on 5 January.

Guantánamo: In his second term Obama must correct human rights failure

8 January 2013

US President Barack Obama must revisit the promise he made in 2009 to close the Guantánamo detention facility and commit to releasing the detainees or bringing them to fair trial.

Canada: Indigenous protest movement highlights deep-rooted injustices

4 January 2013

Canada's "Idle No More" protests are a response to the government’s current legislative agenda and to longstanding discrimination and injustices faced by Indigenous peoples.

Latest detention underlines Algeria’s ongoing harassment of activists

4 January 2013

Taher Belabès faces 'incitement' charges after a youth unemployment protest in the southern oil town of Ouargla.

Convictions of activists in Cambodia demonstrates dire state of justice

27 December 2012

The fabricated charges used to convict two housing rights activists confirms the dire state of Cambodia’s justice system and rule of law in the country.

Saudi Arabia uses capital offence of ‘apostasy’ to stifle debate

24 December 2012

An online activist in Saudi Arabia faces the death penalty over apostasy charges in a trial being used to stifle political and social debate.

Renewed emergency legislation leaves southern Thailand in human rights limbo

21 December 2012

Thailand must stop flouting its human rights obligations while tackling insurgent violence in the south of the country.

Taiwan: Broken promises as six executed

21 December 2012

Taiwan’s execution of six people on Friday makes a mockery of the authorities’ stated commitment to abolish the death penalty.

Cambodia: Free two women campaigning against forced evictions

19 December 2012

Two human rights defenders are facing lengthy prison sentences in Cambodia on trumped-up charges.

Italy: Time to address exploitation of migrant workers

18 December 2012

A new report focuses on the severe exploitation of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Asia, in Italy's agricultural sector.

ICC acquits Congolese armed group leader

18 December 2012

The International Criminal Court has acquitted former Congolese armed group leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

ICC acquits Congolese armed group leader

18 December 2012

The International Criminal Court has acquitted former Congolese armed group leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Romania: The Roma who were evicted to live by a landfill site

17 December 2012

Some 300 Roma people mark the anniversary of their forced eviction from a Romanian town to live in horrendous conditions on the edge of a landfill.

Historic ruling on Europe’s role in CIA renditions

13 December 2012

Today’s ruling on the CIA’s detention and rendition of German national Khaled El-Masri is a milestone in the fight against impunity for US-led secret detention programmes.

Taiwan: No bowing to public pressure over executions

7 December 2012

Taiwan must not succumb to public pressure and revert to using the death penalty, Amnesty International said as it urged an immediate moratorium on capital punishment.

Kosovo: If they are not guilty, who committed the war crimes?

29 November 2012

Three high-ranking members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) have been acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Fight against Female Genital Mutilation wins UN backing

26 November 2012

The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee has given a major boost to civil society organizations fighting for an end to FGM.

Côte d’Ivoire must urgently surrender former president’s wife to the ICC

23 November 2012

Côte d’Ivoire must ensure Simone Gbagbo is surrendered to The Hague immediately to comply fully with the ICC Prosecutor's investigation into crimes against humanity.

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

23 November 2012

The 16 Days of Activism campaign includes country actions from around the world to convey the global dimension of gender-based violence and militarism.

Kasab execution represents Indian death penalty backslide

21 November 2012

The execution of Ajmal Kasab for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks undoes much of the progress India has made over the death penalty.

Ireland: Abortion issue must be clarified by Irish government

17 November 2012

The tragic death of Savita Halappanavar illustrates a gap in Irish law and policy on the most basic human rights level - that is a woman’s right to access abortion where her life is at risk.

Pakistan execution condemned amid moves to abolish death penalty

15 November 2012

Pakistan’s first execution in four years is a blow to the country’s progress away from using the death penalty.

UN: Global Arms Trade Treaty a step closer after resounding vote

7 November 2012

An overwhelming 157 UN member states have voted in favour of finalizing the global Arms Trade Treaty next March.

Czech government still failing to address discrimination against Romani children in schools

8 November 2012

Romani children in the Czech Republic are still being denied the educational opportunities offered to other students.

Brazil: Slum campaign on human rights ahead of police operation

5 November 2012

Tens of thousands of slum-dwellers in Rio de Janeiro are the focus of an NGO campaign on human rights ahead police plans to "pacify" the area.

South Sudan: Place moratorium on death penalty

5 November 2012

South Sudan should join the great majority of United Nations members that have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

Nigeria: Independent investigation into Maiduguri killings vital

2 November 2012

Dozens of men and boys have been reportedly shot by Nigerian security forces as an Amnesty International report slammed human rights violations by the security forces in response to Boko Haram violence.

Sri Lanka’s empty promises and denial of rights crisis exposed at UN

1 November 2012

The UN's Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka has highlighted Colombo’s continued denial of the human rights crisis in the country.

Nigeria: Security forces out of control in fight against terror of Boko Haram

1 November 2012

The brutal actions of Nigeria's security forces in response to Boko Haram's campaign of terror are making an already desperate situation even worse.

Blog: The Shell Game

29 October 2012

For decades the oil industry in Nigeria’s Niger Delta has caused widespread pollution of land and water, damaging people’s ability to fish and farm, and putting their health at risk.

Brazil: Indigenous community faces eviction

26 October 2012

The Brazilian authorities must immediately suspend a court order to evict 170 Guarani–Kaiowá indigenous people from a portion of their ancestral lands.

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