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Chile: Indigenous children among the injured after violent eviction

30 July 2012

Accounts from two incidents involving a Mapuche Indigenous community point to a possible disproportionate use of force by the police that left several injured, including children.

World powers delay landmark arms trade deal

27 July 2012

As reports of civilians being targeted in Syria continue to make headlines, China, Russia and the USA acted to delay what could have been a landmark agreement to end the irresponsible trade in arms.

Landmark ruling confirms South Africa cannot deport people at risk of death penalty

27 July 2012

Court says a State that has abolished the death penalty cannot hand over an individual to another State if there is a risk of the death penalty being used.

Hopes raised for strong Arms Trade Treaty

27 July 2012

The prospect of a historic global deal to end the devastation caused by the irresponsible, poorly regulated arms trade has moved a step closer.

Campaigners use graveyard stunt to show impact of global arms trade

26 July 2012

Campaigners lobbying for a strong Arms Trade Treaty staged a mock graveyard stunt to show the impact of the global arms trade.

Arms Trade Treaty: USA holds key to closing loopholes in final days of crucial negotiations

25 July 2012

The USA is the pivotal player in closing major loopholes and setting strong rules for international transfers of arms in the final days of ATT negotiations.

Iraq urged to halt executions after 196 death sentences upheld

24 July 2012

Iraq urged to commute all death sentences and impose a moratorium on the death penalty following an announcement that nearly 200 executions would proceed.

Syrian forces and armed groups will be held criminally responsible for war crimes

20 July 2012

As members of the opposition become better equipped with weapons and armaments, more and more civilians are being exposed to danger as fighting intensifies in populated urban areas.

ICJ: Ex-Chad leader Habré’s victims’ long wait for justice

20 July 2012

A new ICJ ruling has found that Senegal must immediately prosecute former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré.

Syria: Security Council vote will embolden violators

19 July 2012

The UN Security Council's veto will further embolden those on all sides of the Syria conflict who are directing and committing abuses and crimes with impunity.

Serbia: Evicted Roma families finally granted access to water

19 July 2012

Action by Amnesty International has prompted Serbian authorities to supply drinking water to evicted Roma families.

Guantánamo: A leap of faith

18 July 2012

Justice for abuses suffered at the hands of US authorities remains a remote prospect for Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan

Gaza: Executions flout legal process

18 July 2012

Hamas has executed three men in Gaza, bringing the number of hangings this year alone to six.

Ecuador: Authorities misuse judicial system to stop protests

17 July 2012

Ecuador’s authorities are misuing the judicial system to clamp down on indigenous and campesino leaders involved in social conflicts over development projects.

Arms control: UN urged to seize once in a lifetime opportunity

12 July 2012

Governments negotiating a potentially historic Arms Trade Treaty in New York urged to remember a strong agreement could save millions of lives.

Mexico fails to tackle increased levels of violence against women

11 July 2012

Mexico is failing to protect women from increasing levels of violence, a new Amnesty International report says.

First Sentence: Lubanga Dyilo Sentenced to 14 years at the ICC

10 July 2012

ICC's First Sentence: 14 years for recruiting and using child soldiers handed to Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

Russia pledge to halt new arms deals to Syria is not enough

10 July 2012

Russian government to halt new deals with the Syrian government, whilst continuing to honour existing arms contracts.

Joss Stone releases new version of song in support of strong Arms Trade Treaty

5 July 2012

Singer-songwriter Joss Stone has released a new version of her song 'Take Good Care' in support of a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

Friends of Syria must use their influence to stop cycle of repression and violence

5 July 2012

Urgent action must be taken to stop the deadly cycle of repression and abuse in Syria.

Friends of Syria must use their influence to stop cycle of repression and violence

5 July 2012

Urgent action must be taken to stop the deadly cycle of repression and abuse in Syria.

UN chief backs strong Arms Trade Treaty

3 July 2012

Campaigners are calling for leaders to regulate the arms trade more effectively

Artists write to UN leader Ban Ki-moon on 'a matter of life and death'

2 July 2012

International artists have come together to call on governments to agree a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

Libya: Detention of ICC staff undermines Saif al-Gaddafi’s right to fair trial

2 July 2012

The detention of four ICC staffers in Libya not only denied them their liberty and stopped their work, but it also undermined Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi's right to a fair trial.

Historic arms trade negotiations a chance to prevent future Syrian-style slaughter

2 July 2012

The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York are an acid test for political leaders to agree rules leading to the end of irresponsible arms transfers.

After 10 years, time for leaders to champion the International Criminal Court

1 July 2012

For a decade, the International Criminal Court has been pursuing justice for those who suffer some of the most serious crimes imaginable.

Time to bite the bullet on the global arms trade

27 June 2012

Hundreds of thousands of Amnesty International activists are calling for an end to arms transfers that fuel human rights abuses.

Pakistan: Death penalty u-turn ‘exceptionally cruel’

27 June 2012

Pakistan’s flip-flop over a decision to commute Indian national Sarabjit Singh’s capital sentence to a life term is a cruel blow to him and his family.

Rio+20 outcome document undermined by human rights opponents

22 June 2012

Despite opposition, human rights language has survived in the Rio+20 summit's outcome document – but it does not go far enough.

Afghanistan: Attack on hotel shows Taleban’s disregard for civilian life

22 June 2012

The deaths of 15 civilians in a Taleban attack on a hotel outside Kabul underscores the need to bring to justice all those responsible for war crimes.

Breaking the cycle of impunity in the North Caucasus

21 June 2012

Russian authorities must end human rights violations by law enforcement officers in the North Caucasus, a new Amnesty International report says.

Syria: Reports of helicopter shipments underscore need for arms embargo

19 June 2012

The Syrian army's increased use of helicopters is putting civilians at even greater risk and further strengthens the case for an international arms embargo.

One year on, Saudi Arabian women still driving their way to greater freedom

15 June 2012

Ahead of a fresh wave of driving protests expected in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International has urged King Abdullah to overturn a ban on women driving.

High expectations for the new International Criminal Court Prosecutor

15 June 2012

Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda has been sworn in as the International Criminal Court's new Chief Prosecutor in The Hague.

Syria: Fresh evidence of armed forces’ ongoing crimes against humanity

13 June 2012

International action is urgently needed to end the shocking escalation of unlawful killings in Syria, says a new Amnesty International report.

Rio + 20: Anchor sustainable development in human rights

12 June 2012

World leaders have a once in a generation chance to create a meaningful link between sustainable development and human rights.

DR Congo: Arms supplies fuelling unlawful killings and rape

12 June 2012

Arms supplies to the DRC continue to fuel unlawful killings, rape, looting and abductions.

Campaigners call time on global arms trade ahead of historic treaty talks

11 June 2012

Campaigners urging governments worldwide to support a strong treaty with safeguards to stop the arms trade from fuelling human rights abuses.

Iran must not execute five Arab minority prisoners

11 June 2012

There are fears that five members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority who were tried unfairly may face imminent public execution.

Egypt: Investigate attacks on women protesters

11 June 2012

Activists calling for an end to sexual harassment of women protesters have been groped and punched by a group of men.

The 'Big Six' arms exporters

11 June 2012

Just six countries are responsible for around three-quarters of the world's arms exports by value.

Iraq: Execution of former Saddam aide raises fears for others

8 June 2012

Former presidential secretary Abed Hamoud's hanging takes the total number of executions in Iraq in the first half of 2012 to at least 70.

Kuwaiti man sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for ‘insulting’ tweets

7 June 2012

A court in Kuwait convicted a man to 10 years in prison for messages posted on Twitter that were deemed "insulting" to heads of state and religious figures.

Activist: ‘Zimbabwe government increases repression following Arab Spring’

25 May 2012

It has been a particularly tough year for human rights defenders in sub-Saharan Africa, says Zimbabwean activist Jenni Williams.

Ecuador: The Sarayaku struggle goes global

25 May 2012

A Sarayaku indigenous activist speaks out about her community's fight to defend their rights and protect their traditional lands in Ecuador's rainforest.

Report 2012: No longer business as usual for tyranny and injustice

24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

Report 2012: No longer business as usual for tyranny and injustice

24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

Report 2012: No longer business as usual for tyranny and injustice

24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

Report 2012: No longer business as usual for tyranny and injustice

24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

Report 2012: No longer business as usual for tyranny and injustice

24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

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