Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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25 June 2014

Dr Duarte Vieira, one of world’s leading medical forensic experts, and Dr Juliet Cohen, Head of Doctors at Freedom from Torture, talk to Amnesty International about the science of documenting torture.

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25 June 2014

The Sudanese government should charge or release recently detained political activists and investigate all allegations that they have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

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25 June 2014

A prominent Saudi Arabian activist convicted today for speaking out on the human rights situation in his country should have his sentence quashed.

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24 June 2014

A woman in China convicted of killing her husband after suffering months of domestic abuse has had her death sentence overturned, in a case that highlights the urgent need for the authorities to do more to prevent violence against women.

 

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23 June 2014

A new Panic Button app, to give human rights defenders urgent help from their own networks when facing attack, kidnapping, or torture is now available for public download on Google Playstore, announced Amnesty International today. 

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23 June 2014

The conviction of three Al Jazeera English journalists accused of “falsifying news” and belonging to or assisting the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt is a ferocious attack on media freedom.

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23 June 2014

Malaysia's ban on Christians using the word “Allah” to refer to God is an abuse against free speech and must be scrapped by Parliament, Amnesty International said.

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23 June 2014

Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today. 

 

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21 June 2014

Evidence has emerged which suggests that several hundred Indian nationals may be stranded in the Najaf province of Iraq, unable to return home because their employer refuses to return their passports.

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21 June 2014

Today’s decision by a criminal court in El Minya, Upper Egypt to uphold death sentences against 183 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, including a blind man, provides alarming evidence of the Egyptian judiciary’s increasingly politicized and arbitrary attitude towards justice and the death penalty, said Amnesty International.  

 

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20 June 2014

Proposals to grant sitting African leaders immunity from prosecution for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity will completely undermine the integrity of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, even before it becomes operational.

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20 June 2014

The UN Security Council is spectacularly failing to maintain international peace and security, Amnesty International said on World Refugee Day. 

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20 June 2014

There appears to be no end in sight to violations of a range of human rights one month after martial law was declared in Thailand, Amnesty International warned today. 

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20 June 2014

The decision of the Moscow City Court to reject an appeal against the conviction of eight Bolotnaya protesters imprisoned after a politically motivated trial is yet another nail in the coffin for freedom of assembly and expression in Russia.

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20 June 2014

A landmark UK court ruling paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International said today.

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19 June 2014

The Irish government’s establishment of an independent Commission of Investigation into ‘mother and baby homes’ must result in an effective and comprehensive investigation that is fully compliant with Ireland’s human rights obligations.

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19 June 2014

Three anti-corruption activists have been imprisoned today simply for exercising their freedom of expression and assembly and should be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

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19 June 2014

Chile’s commitment to decriminalize abortion in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, the woman’s life is in danger and when the foetus is not viable is a positive step forward to ensure and protect the rights of women and girls. 

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18 June 2014

The secret trial of a prominent Uighur scholar on charges of “separatism” makes a mockery of China’s claims to be a country based on the rule of law, Amnesty International said. 

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18 June 2014

The US government must ensure that Ahmed Abu Khattalah, who is being held in secret and incommunicado detention, gets immediate and unrestricted access to a lawyer amid fears that he may be being held or interrogated in inhumane conditions.

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