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Malaysia: Changes in government must not derail human rights reforms

Responding to news that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has resigned but will stay on for an interim period to oversee the formation of a new government at the request of the King, Amnesty International’s Regional Director Nicholas Bequelin said: “Changes in government in Malaysia must not...

Hosni Mubarak: A Living Legacy of Mass Torture and Arbitrary Detention

The death of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak robs Egyptians of a key chance to see justice done for the litany of abuses committed during his 30-year rule, including the deaths of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 unrest that ended his presidency. Hosni Mubarak, who died in Cairo today at...

China: Bookseller handed outrageous 10-year sentence must be released  

Responding to a court announcement that former Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison in China for “illegally providing intelligence to foreign entities”, Amnesty International’s China Researcher Patrick Poon said: “The deplorable verdict and...
Americas Justice Systems

Cuban opposition leader at risk of unfair trial

José Daniel Ferrer García, Cuban opposition leader and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, has been in detention since October 1, 2019. According to his family, his trial is scheduled for February 26, 2020, however, his family was only informed of this on February 20, 2020. His...
Egypt Death Penalty

Egypt: Eight men put to death in mass execution

Amnesty International has received confirmation that the Egyptian authorities executed eight men in the early hours of this morning in Borg el-Arab prison in Alexandria. The men were among 17 defendants who were sentenced to death by a military court in October 2018, in relation to deadly attacks...

UN: Action Plan on Human Rights must translate into bold leadership

Following the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement in Geneva today of a “Call to Action on Human Rights”, Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, said: “In this moment of crisis it is essential for the UN Secretary-General to show bold leadership on...