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Germany Detention

Different voices

When Amnesty International presented Report 2008 to the media at The Foreign Press Association in London on 27 May, several people involved in human rights campaigning around the world were invited as special guests. We caught up with three of them. The first female judge to work at the High Court...
China Prisoners of Conscience

Tiananmen activists must be released

Wednesday 4 June 2008 marks the nineteenth anniversary of the Chinese government’s crackdown on the pro-democracy demonstrations in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Hundreds of civilians were killed and thousands injured by the Chinese military, with tens of thousands arrested during the...
Arms Trade

Cluster munitions treaty agreed in Dublin

110 states agreed a provisional text for a historic new Convention on Cluster Munitions, which is a treaty to ban the “Use, Production and Transfer of Cluster Munitions”, in Dublin on Wednesday. The agreement was reached after worldwide civil society campaigning and several international...
Sudan Armed Conflict

Darfur crisis reaches Sudanese capital

Amnesty International is gravely concerned by the Sudanese security forces’ crackdown following the incursion into Khartoum, by an armed group. The crackdown has been characterized by serious human rights violations including hundreds of arbitrary arrests, cases of ill-treatment, as well as...

World must act on food crisis

Statement by Amnesty International to the United Nation Human Rights Council’s first thematic special session on the world food crisis. Mr. President, Amnesty International welcomes the convening of the Human Rights Council’s first thematic special session on the world food crisis. We believe that...
Iran Discrimination

Iran urged to overturn sentences against women activists

Amnesty International has written to the Head of the Judiciary in Iran, urging him to ensure that appeals hearings against the convictions and sentences of six women’s rights defenders (WRDs) passed in recent weeks in connection with their peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression...

Asian leaders urged to take further action on Myanmar

Amnesty International has called on Asian leaders to take urgent action to prevent further human rights violations in Myanmar. In an open letter to ASEAN member states, the organization’s Secretary General, Irene Khan, warned that without immediate action by ASEAN leaders, the humanitarian disaster...
Zimbabwe Impunity

Zimbabwe violence reaches crisis levels

Zimbabwean “war veterans” are forcibly recruiting local youths to attack perceived supporters of the opposition as violence in the country reaches crisis levels, Amnesty International has warned. “Those who refuse to commit violence are assaulted and accused of being MDC (Movement for Democratic...