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Protesting cleaners ‘beaten and bruised’ by police in Greece as impunity persists

13 June 2014

Greek cleaning workers told Amnesty International they were left beaten and bruised by riot police after they tried to protest peacefully against mass redundancies in central Athens yesterday evening.

Post-2015 Agenda: Human rights accountability key to progress Amnesty International tells UN

12 June 2014

The UN’s development targets for the next 15 years must hold governments to account on their human rights obligations, Amnesty International has urged ahead of a crucial meeting next week which will help decide the post-2015 Development Agenda. 

 

Turkey must abandon ‘show trial’ against Gezi Park protest organizers

12 June 2014

Turkey must drop all charges in a politically motivated trial of a group of peaceful activists charged with organizing “unlawful” protests that swept the country a year ago.

South Africa: Government and police failing to protect Somali refugees from deadly attacks

12 June 2014

Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address.

World must follow Denmark's example after landmark transgender law

12 June 2014

A landmark law in Denmark making it easier for transgender people to change their legal gender should set an example to governments across the world.

Bombs and a lack of food, water and medicine: Life under siege in Syria

12 June 2014

Tens of thousands of men, women and children across Syria are struggling to survive in inhumane conditions in towns under siege, under constant threat of deadly attacks and lacking access to basic necessities such as food, water and medicines. 

Iraq: Civilians must be protected following insurgents’ takeover of Mosul

11 June 2014

Civilians caught up in fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul must be protected at all costs and allowed to safely leave the conflict zone.

Paraguay: Celebrations as law will return ancestral land to indigenous community after two decades of destitution

11 June 2014

The law signed today by the President of Paraguay that enables the Sawhoyamaxa to return to their ancestral land is a triumph for the indigenous community.

Turkey: Demonstrators on trial, police unpunished

10 June 2014

One year on from the Gezi Park protests, the government’s approach to demonstrations is as abusive as ever while impunity for police violence is rampant.

World's governments must turn back the tide of sexual violence at global summit

10 June 2014

World leaders must take concrete action to end sexual and gender-based violence in conflict during a landmark summit this week hosted by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Minister William Hague.

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