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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.

Saif Gaddafi must be transferred safely to ICC

28 October 2011

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi must be allowed to surrender to the International Criminal Court to face investigation for crimes against humanity.

Japan: Minister must not cave in to pressure on death penalty

28 October 2011

Japan's justice minister says he will sign execution warrants, despite announcing last month he would not back the death penalty.

Rendition victim takes case against Lithuania to European Court

27 October 2011

Lithuania's failure to investigate its role in the US-led rendition programme has forced an alleged victim of secret detention to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

International Criminal Court: Ensure best candidate is elected as new Prosecutor

25 October 2011

A transparent, public process should lead to the election of the strongest candidate as the new ICC Prosecutor.

Serbian activists arrested for protecting evicted Roma family

25 October 2011

Human rights defenders peacefully attempted to prevent police evicting Mevljude Kurteshi and her six children from their apartment.

Lithuania blocking the truth about CIA Secret Prisons

21 October 2011

The Lithuanian authorities have yet to investigate a significant amount of information linked to CIA secret prisons in the country.

Libya urged to investigate whether al-Gaddafi death was a war crime

21 October 2011

Video evidence and conflicting reports raise questions about how the former Libyan leader died after his capture.

Yemen: No immunity for serious violations under President Saleh

17 October 2011

Those responsible for committing serious crimes under international law in Yemen must be brought to justice.

Malawi must arrest Sudan’s al-Bashir during visit

13 October 2011

Al-Bashir is due in Malawi for a trade summit, despite warrants for his arrest on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Yemeni women attacked while celebrating Nobel Peace Prize win

10 October 2011

Pro-government "thugs" attacked a peaceful women's march in the Yemeni city of Ta'izz, called to celebrate a Yemeni woman's Nobel Peace Prize.

Saudi Arabia executes eight Bangladeshi nationals

7 October 2011

Saudi Arabia has executed eight Bangladeshi migrant workers, sentenced to death for the alleged murder of an Egyptian man.

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