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Panama: Protester deaths need proper investigation

8 February 2012

Two activists in Panama have been killed in clashes between security forces and the Ngäbe-Buglé people during anti-mining protests.

Israel: Cancel plan to forcibly displace Jahalin Bedouin communities

8 February 2012

A new report by Amnesty International urges the Israeli military to end demolitions displacing thousands of Bedouins in the West Bank.

Chad: Hundreds of families forcibly evicted from their homes

7 February 2012

Chadian authorities forcibly evicted more than 670 people from their homes to make way for a hotel in the capital N'Djamena.

Cambodia: Khmer Rouge judgment welcome, but raises human rights concerns

3 February 2012

A UN-backed tribunal has given former Khmer Rouge jailer "Duch" a life sentence for the killings of more than 12,272 people.

UN court ruling on Nazi war crime victims ‘a setback for rights’

3 February 2012

An ICJ ruling breaches the human rights of foreign victims of Nazi war crimes by giving Germany legal immunity from being sued for reparations.

Cambodia: Stop the use of excessive force against peaceful land activists

2 February 2012

Excessive force has been used on a number of occasions against peaceful demonstrations in Cambodia calling for land rights to be respected.

South Korea must release activist charged over Kim Jong-il tweet

1 February 2012

A South Korean activist faces up to seven years in prison after re-tweeting messages from North Korea's official Twitter account.

Security Council: Russia must not block efforts to end atrocities in Syria

1 February 2012

Russia is urged not to block the UN Security Council's efforts to end human rights violations in Syria.

Guatemala: Former head of state’s trial for genocide one more step against impunity

27 January 2012

A former Guatemalan head of state will face trial on genocide charges over massacres of thousands of mostly Mayan villagers in 1982 and 1983.

Bahrain’s use of tear gas against protesters increasingly deadly

26 January 2012

The Bahraini authorities must investigate reports of more than a dozen deaths following the security forces' use of tear gas.

Mexico: Migrants making dangerous journey through Mexico ‘desperately need socks’

26 January 2012

A new Amnesty International campaign highlights the plight of thousands of Central American migrants travelling across Mexico each year.

Davos: World leaders protecting business over rights in economic crisis

24 January 2012

The economic crisis, and how governments have chosen to address it, poses a clear and unambiguous risk to rights.

Brazil must address needs of thousands left homeless following eviction

24 January 2012

Brazilian police have forcefully evicted almost 6,000 people without warning from a slum outside Sao Paulo.

Spain: Trial of Judge Baltasar Garzón ‘a blow to human rights’

20 January 2012

A widely respected Spanish investigative judge faces trial on charges he abused his power in an investigation into Franco-era abuses.

Cambodia: Release peaceful protesters detained over forced eviction

12 January 2012

24 women and six children have been detained while protesting last week's violent forced eviction of 300 families from Borei Keila in Phnom Penh.

Torture and rendition: Guantánamo case profiles

9 January 2012

Haitian authorities forcing quake victims into homelessness

11 January 2012

An estimated half a million Haitians still live in dire conditions and at risk of forced eviction, two years after a devastating earthquake.

Guantánamo: A decade of damage to human rights

11 January 2012

A new report highlights why the detention centre continues to represent an attack on human rights.

Iran must halt execution of US national in ‘spying’ case

9 January 2012

Amir Hekmati was accused of spying for the CIA and sentenced to death for “collaboration with a hostile government”.

Yemen urged to reject amnesty law for President Saleh and aides

9 January 2012

The Yemeni parliament is set to vote on a controversial bill which grants President Saleh and his aides immunity from prosecution.

Mongolia takes ‘vital step forward’ in abolishing the death penalty

5 January 2012

The Mongolian parliament overwhelmingly approves a bill that aims to scrap the death penalty.

Iran: Surge of secret executions for drug offences must end

15 December 2011

At least 488 people have been executed for alleged drug offences so far in 2011, a nearly threefold increase on 2009, a new Amnesty International report says.

China must end land grabs amid protests over death in custody

14 December 2011

Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.

Pakistan crime bills must be springboard for better women's rights

13 December 2011

Pakistan's Senate unanimously passes two landmark women's rights bills, including one on acid attacks.

Saudi Arabia: Beheading for 'sorcery' shocking

12 December 2011

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry has said a woman has been beheaded for the crime of "witchcraft and sorcery."

Nepal: Protect Nepalese migrants from ‘false promises’ of work abroad

12 December 2011

Nepalese migrant workers are being trafficked by rogue recruitment agencies for forced labour in the Gulf States and Malaysia.

Over 250,000 people call on Belarus to end executions

9 December 2011

Amnesty International were turned away from delivering a global petition to Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, calling for an end to executions in Belarus.

Romania must come clean over secret prisons

9 December 2011

The Romanian authorities must re-open an investigation into CIA secret detention centres on its territory after new evidence of secret prisons was revealed by a German newspaper.

USA repeatedly shipped arms supplies to Egyptian security forces

7 December 2011

Data obtained by Amnesty International shows that the US has repeatedly transferred ammunition to Egypt despite security forces' violent crackdown on protesters.

Asia: Stop executions and unfair trials

6 December 2011

A hardline group of Asian countries are defying the global trend against the death penalty and putting to death thousands of people after unfair trials.

Saudi Arabia: Protesters and reformists targeted in name of security

1 December 2011

Saudi Arabian authorities have been using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to crack down on dissent.

Belarus: Two sentenced to death over Minsk metro bombing

30 November 2011

There are concerns the two men were ill-treated and forced to confess before facing a deeply flawed trial and death sentences.

Iranian women fight controversial ‘polygamy’ bill

30 November 2011

Iranian women activists are raising awareness globally about a controversial "polygamy" law that would further endanger women's rights.

Italy needs to make things right for the Roma

29 November 2011

An illegal "Nomad Emergency" law in Italy has allowed authorities to unleash a wave of forced evictions, making hundreds of Roma families homeless in Milan.

Serbia must stop evicting Roma

25 November 2011

Serbian authorities must stop a long-term policy of forced evictions of Roma families and introduce legislation to ban the practice.

Oregon state governor blocks executions and opens door to abolition

25 November 2011

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber issued a reprieve to convicted murderer Gary Haugen, who was due to be executed on 6 December.

ICC must end confusion over trial of Gaddafi

24 November 2011

Serious questions remain about whether the Libyan justice system can guarantee a fair trial without the death penalty.

Cambodia: Women hit hard by wave of forced evictions

24 November 2011

A new report provides first-hand stories of women resisting forced eviction from their homes and land

Cambodia: Women hit hard by wave of forced evictions

24 November 2011

Brazil: Indigenous leader killed in armed raid

22 November 2011

Brazil's authorities must address indigenous land claims to prevent future violent attacks on indigenous communities.

Libya: Transfer Saif al-Islam to the International Criminal Court

19 November 2011

Amnesty International urges the NTC to transfer Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court, after reports he has been captured in Libya.

Italy: Decrees that discriminated against Roma are ruled unlawful

18 November 2011

The Italian Council of State has ruled to end the "Nomad Emergency", which has exposed Roma communities to serious human rights violations.

Iraq urged to commute death sentences as 11 are hanged

17 November 2011

Eleven people including two foreign nationals convicted of terrorism-related offences were hanged in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Idaho urged to prevent first execution in 17 years

17 November 2011

Paul Rhoades is due to be put to death by lethal injection on Friday after 24 years on death row for murder.

Brazil: Forced evictions must not mar Rio Olympics

14 November 2011

Favelas around Rio de Janeiro have been slated for forced evictions so the authorities can build infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics.

Shell must pay US$1 billion in first step to clean up Niger Delta

10 November 2011

A new report shows that Shell’s failure to promptly stop and clean up oil spills in Bodo has devastated the lives of tens of thousands.

Denmark: Review of US rendition flights over Greenland “toothless”

8 November 2011

Denmark's independent review of CIA rendition flights will not be allowed to compel witness testimony or request any new information.

Roma families in Belgrade face forced eviction by government agency

2 November 2011

Twenty seven families may lose their homes to make way for new commercial housing built by a government owned company.

Afghanistan: Regional cooperation urged to defend rights

1 November 2011

Officials gathered at an Istanbul conference on Afghanistan must keep human rights a central focus of their plans for regional security.

Finland must further investigate USA rendition flights

1 November 2011

A number of planes linked to the CIA’s rendition programme landed in Finland between 2001 and 2006.

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