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27 March 2014

Pakistan: Christian man sentenced to death under blasphemy law

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

Tags
  • Death Penalty
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Pakistan
27 March 2014

UN investigation brings new hope for justice in Sri Lanka

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. 

 
Tags
  • Crimes Against Humanity And War Crimes,
  • United Nations
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Sri Lanka
26 March 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Saudi Arabia: Plans to defy ban on women drivers this Saturday

A grassroots campaign will call for an end to the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia on Saturday 29 March.

Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Saudi Arabia
26 March 2014

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

The Chinese authorities must immediately let the family of deceased activist Cao Shunli see her body, said Amnesty International, as fears grow  the authorities will cremate Cao to destroy any evidence of her mistreatment in detention. 

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
26 March 2014

CAR: Urgent deployment of EU peacekeepers needed to quell fresh violence

The European Union (EU) must immediately put into action its plans to deploy peacekeeping troops to protect civilians in the Central African Republic amid a worrying new surge in violence, Amnesty International said 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
25 March 2014

Colombia: Peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review

Colombia’s government is failing to address the country’s critical human rights situation said Amnesty International today ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ annual review of the country. 

25 March 2014

Russia to detain activist in psychiatric institution after quashing appeal

Today’s decision by Moscow City Court to uphold the conviction of peaceful protester Mikhail Kosenko is a perversion of justice that will see him detained in a psychiatric institution, potentially indefinitely, to undergo “treatment” he neither needs nor wants, Amnesty International said. 

Tags
  • Activists,
  • Detention,
  • Freedom Of Expression,
  • Law Enforcement,
  • Medical And Health,
  • Prisoners Of Conscience
Region Europe And Central Asia
24 March 2014

China: Fears of crackdown ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

The Chinese authorities must end the persecution of all those trying to remember victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Amnesty International said, after a man was jailed for 18 months on Monday.

Region Asia And The Pacific
Country China
24 March 2014

Egypt: More than 500 sentenced to death in ‘grotesque’ ruling

Today’s mass death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court are a grotesque example of the shortcomings and the selective nature of Egypt's justice system, Amnesty International said. 

Tags
  • Abolish the death penalty ,
  • Death Penalty,
  • MENA unrest,
  • Trials And Legal Systems
Region Middle East And North Africa
Country Egypt
21 March 2014

Turkey: Pre-election Twitter shutdown brings internet freedom to a new low

The first ever tweet was sent eight years ago today. No-one will be celebrating this landmark on the social media site in Turkey, however: the government has just shut it down. Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to immediately reverse the decision to block the social media site

Region Europe And Central Asia
Country Turkey

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