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7 April 2014

Egypt ‘tightens the vice’ on dissent by upholding conviction of three activists

A Cairo appeals court today upheld the conviction of three government critics for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest, a further sign that the Egyptian authorities are tightening the vice on freedom of expression and assembly, Amnesty International said. 

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
4 April 2014

New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check

World leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes, said a new global coalition of human rights organizations as it launched today in Brussels. 

 

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Detention,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Individuals at Risk,
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment,
  • Torture And Ill-treatment,
  • Arms control and human rights
Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Belgium
4 April 2014

Central African Republic: Chad troop withdrawal must not block accountability

Yesterday’s surprise announcement by the Chadian Minister for Foreign Affairs that Chad would gradually withdraw its peacekeeping troops from neighbouring Central African Republic must not result in impunity for human rights violations committed there, Amnesty International said. 

 

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Impunity,
  • International Justice,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants,
  • United Nations,
  • International Justice
Region Africa
Country Chad
4 April 2014

Egypt must release three activists jailed under repressive new protest law

Egypt must overturn the convictions of three government critics sentenced to three years in jail for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest and immediately and unconditionally release them, Amnesty International said ahead of the prisoners’ appeal verdict.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
4 April 2014

Death of activist Dinh Dang Dinh should be ‘wake-up call’ for Viet Nam

Amnesty International has paid tribute to Dinh Dang Dinh, the Vietnamese environmental activist, blogger and former prisoner of conscience, who has died aged 50.

Tags
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Prisoners Of Conscience
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Viet Nam
3 April 2014

Impunity, excessive force and links to extremist Golden Dawn blight Greek police

A long-standing culture of impunity, entrenched racism and endemic violence including the excessive use of force against protesters and ill-treatment of migrants and refugees, has been exposed by Amnesty International research into policing in Greece

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Greece
3 April 2014

Too many missed opportunities: Human rights in Afghanistan under Karzai

The modest human rights gains made over the past 12 years in Afghanistan are increasingly under threat with a resurgence of violence and women’s rights being degraded again, Amnesty International said today in an assessment of the rights record of President Hamid Karzai’s administration.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Afghanistan
2 April 2014

EU and African leaders must not fail the people of Central African Republic

The European Union (EU)’s deployment of up to 1,000 troops must only be the beginning of the international community’s renewed response to the violence and ethnic cleansing in the Central African Republic (CAR), Amnesty International said as a key EU-Africa Summit opened in Brussels today.  

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Armed Groups,
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • Extrajudicial Executions And Other Unlawful Killings,
  • Refugees, Displaced People And Migrants,
  • United Nations
Region Africa
1 April 2014

UN: Atrocities fuelled by inaction on Arms Trade Treaty promises

Millions of people around the world will continue to suffer the deadly consequences of the poorly regulated global trade in weapons until many more governments take rapid steps to bring the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) into force, Amnesty International warned a year after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted the treaty. 

Tags
  • Armed Conflict,
  • Military, Security And Police Equipment,
  • United Nations,
  • Arms control and human rights
1 April 2014

Venezuela: Political spiral of violence a threat to the rule of law

Venezuela risks one of the worst threats to the rule of law in decades if the different political forces do not commit to fully respecting human rights, according to a new Amnesty International report on the current crisis in the country. 

Region Americas
Country Venezuela

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