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North Korea: UN vote a positive step to end crimes against humanity

28 March 2014

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice, said Amnesty International.

Saudi Arabia: President Obama must not shirk responsibility to tackle human rights during visit

28 March 2014

President Barack Obama must break the US administration’s silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record by taking a strong public stand against the systematic violations in the Kingdom during his visit there this week. 

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

27 March 2014

Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

Miraculous escape from execution for teenage inmate turned lawyer

27 March 2014

The first time Hafez Ibrahim faced a firing squad was in 2005. He was taken to a small yard in a Yemeni prison and brought before a row of officers with rifles in hand. He thought that moment would be his last.

Japan: Retrial of longest-serving death row inmate must not be blocked

27 March 2014

The Japanese courts have at last seen sense and granted a retrial to a prisoner who has spent over four decades on death row. Hakamada Iwao, 78, was sentenced to death in 1968 and is believed to be the longest-serving death row inmate in the world.

UN investigation brings new hope for justice in Sri Lanka

27 March 2014

The Sri Lankan government must end a nationwide crackdown on dissent and cooperate with UN investigators, Amnesty International said today after the UN Human Rights Council established an inquiry into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country.

Turkey: Move to block YouTube ahead of elections points to growing censorship

27 March 2014

The Turkish authorities’ move today to block access to YouTube on the eve of Sunday’s elections, and not long after they restricted access to Twitter, smacks of a wider pre-meditated crackdown on freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. 

Pakistan: Christian man sentenced to death under blasphemy law

27 March 2014

The Pakistani authorities must immediately release a Christian man sentenced to death under the country’s draconian blasphemy laws and quash his conviction, Amnesty International said today.

Five death penalty myths debunked

26 March 2014

Does the death penalty deter violent crime and prevent terrorist attacks? is capital punishment used only against people proven guilty of serious crimes? Find out some of the myths debunked. 

China: Fear of cover-up as Cao Shunli’s body goes missing

26 March 2014

Fears of a cover-up by the Chinese authorities grew on Wednesday, after the family of an activist that died in detention were prevented from seeing her body.

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