Philippines: The “torture show”

26 January 2015

Tucked in a dark corner of a secret detention centre in The Philippines was a mock-up of the multicolour wheel used in the "Wheel of Fortune". But rather than spinning for prizes it was used by police officers to decide how best to torture detainees.

Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri: hundreds of thousands of civilians at grave risk

25 January 2015

A failure to protect hundreds of thousands of civilians could lead to a disastrous humanitarian crisis said Amnesty International with reports of two large scale attacks in Nigeria on the major north-eastern city of Maiduguri as well as the nearby town of Monguno. 

Mexico: Investigation into the enforced disappearance of 43 students is far from conclusive

22 January 2015

The Attorney General of Mexico has failed to properly investigate all lines of inquiry into allegations of complicity by armed forces and others in authority in the enforced disappearance of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher college, said Amnesty International today after meeting with family members of the victims.

South Sudan: African Union should publish Commission of Inquiry report, ensure accountability

22 January 2015

The African Union should immediately publish the report of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, said Amnesty International, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, FIDH, and the South Sudan Law Society. 

Saudi Arabia: Doctors find Raif Badawi unfit for flogging on health grounds second week in a row

22 January 2015

The planned flogging of Raif Badawi is likely to be suspended this Friday after a medical committee assessed that he should not undergo a second round of lashes on health grounds.

El Salvador: Pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage, a triumph of justice

22 January 2015

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges.

Eastern Ukraine: Deadly attack on Donetsk trolleybus as ceasefire unravels

22 January 2015

A mortar strike on a trolleybus that killed at least eight and possibly as many as 15 civilians in pro-Russian separatist controlled Donetsk this morning is likely to be a violation of international humanitarian law and must be investigated promptly and impartially.

Egypt: Token reforms fail to end scourge of pervasive violence against women

21 January 2015

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody. 

Cambodia: Free women protesters and Buddhist monk jailed after summary trials

21 January 2015

Ten women housing rights defenders and a Buddhist monk, all jailed after short summary trials and some suffering from serious health issues, must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty international said ahead of their appeal hearing tomorrow, 22 January. 

El Salvador must reverse “terrible injustice” and free woman imprisoned for having a miscarriage

21 January 2015

El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly must vote today to overturn horrifying injustice and pardon a woman imprisoned for 30 years after having a miscarriage. 

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