Censorship and Freedom of Expression
The assault of two independent journalists in Tunisia and the arrest of a third in the wake of last week’s elections must be punished, Amnesty International said on Friday. “It appears that these three journalists were targeted because they have criticized the government and opposed the...
October 30, 2009
Amnesty International today revealed that Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has issued an invitation to Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to visit Nigeria even though President al Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The...
October 22, 2009
Amnesty International today expressed dismay at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s invitation to Sudanese President Omar al Bashir to attend the special African Union summit on refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in Africa, scheduled to begin on Monday, 19 October 2009 in Kampala....
October 16, 2009
Human Rights Defenders and Activists
A leading Syrian human rights lawyer was formally charged last Thursday in relation to his legitimate work in defending the rights of political prisoners in Syria. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate release. Muhannad al-Hassani, who had regularly carried out observations of trials...
August 3, 2009
United States of America
Abu Zubaydah Case summary Abu Zubaydah, arrested in Pakistan in March 2002, has been in US custody for seven years, four and a half of them spent incommunicado in solitary confinement in undisclosed locations. He was subjected to the torture technique of “waterboarding” – simulated drowning – and...
April 29, 2009
On the eve of the Summit of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Qatar, Amnesty International called on member states to enforce the arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is expected in Qatar on Sunday. Amnesty International also urged the LAS to ask the Sudanese government to...
March 27, 2009
As UN member states meet in October to consider moving towards negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty, a new detailed report by Amnesty International urges world leaders to adopt a “Golden Rule” on human rights. This rule states simply that governments must prevent arms transfers where there is a...
September 16, 2008
United States of America
Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari national, has been held without charge or trial in military custody in the USA since 2003. He is the only “enemy combatant” currently detained on the US mainland, shut away in a military facility in South Carolina. Amnesty International considers Ali...
August 4, 2008
Right to Health
In the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which has already killed tens of thousands of people and displaced around a million more, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) is deliberately impeding life-saving assistance. Its failure to open the borders to the massive relief efforts required, including...
May 9, 2008
Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari national, has been held in US military custody without charge or trial since June 2003. He was initially arrested in December 2001 and charged with fraud and providing false statements to the FBI. Charges against him were dropped when he was declared an...
December 5, 2006
Ali-Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, a Qatari national, has been held without charge or trial in a military prison in the US since June 2003. He had no access to a lawyer for more than a year after he was detained. All this time he has been in extreme isolation, with no access to his family, including...
May 1, 2006
1) UN resolution to end impunity in Darfur 2) Brazilian Indians betrayed by government inaction 3) Domestic workers face multiple abuses in Gulf States 4) Peace Community under attack from both sides in Colombia 5) UN Secretary-General proposes bold steps to strengthen human rights 6) Worldwide...
April 30, 2005