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Return to bigoted anti-Muslim travel ban would cause immeasurable harm

AFP photo   By Amnesty International The Trump administration’s executive order on travel would harm both immigrants and US citizens if allowed to enter into effect, warned huamn rights NGO Amnesty International in a briefing paper released.

Bangladesh: Dissenting Voices Trapped Between Fear And Repression

AP photo   By Amnesty International The Bangladeshi government has not only failed to protect dissenting voices or hold accountable the armed groups that threaten them, it has also stifled freedom of expression through a slew of repressive tactics and new laws, according to a new report published by human rights NGO Amnesty International.

250,000 demand release of jailed Journalists in Turkey

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Top journalists, cartoonists and world-renowned artists have joined a campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey following last summer’s coup attempt and an end to the ruthless crackdown on freedom of expression in the country.

Global executions down more than a third, but death sentences at record high

By Amnesty International The number of executions around the world last year fell by more than a third compared to the previous year, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated, with 1,032 executions in 23 countries in 2016 compared to 1,634 in 25 countries in 2015.

Torture of Channel 4 journalists in Sudan highlights need to investigate Darfur chemical attacks

Phil Cox/NVF   By Amnesty International The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said human rights NGO Amnesty International ahead of the airing of a […]

Bombed in their homes, civilians in Mosul blame reckless coalition forces

AP photo   By Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International When they heard that there would be airstrikes on their neighborhood in eastern Mosul, Wa’ad Ahmad al-Tai and his family did exactly as they were told.

Iraqi civilians killed by airstrikes in their homes after being told not to flee Mosul

Suhaib Salem/Reuters   By Amnesty International Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), human rights NGO Amnesty International […]

Fresh evidence of cluster bombs being used by Saudi coalition forces in Yemen

Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters   By Amnesty International Human Rights NGO Amnesty International has corroborated new evidence showing that the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition recently fired Brazilian-manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions in the middle of Sa’da city in Yemen, injuring two civilians and causing material damage.

Huthi forces recruiting child soldiers for front-line combat in Yemen

Reuters photo   By Amnesty International New evidence has emerged of how the Huthi armed group is actively recruiting boys as young as 15 to fight as child soldiers on the front lines of the conflict in Yemen, said human rights NGO Amnesty International after speaking to the families of three boys targeted by the […]

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Civil Society in Thailand under attack as Authorities criminalize dissent

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Thai authorities are waging a campaign to criminalize and punish dissent by targeting civil society and political activists who peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, a new briefing from human rights NGO Amnesty International has stated.

Trump’s seven first steps to sabotage human rights

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Since taking over at the White House, US President Donald Trump has wasted little time putting into action his poisonous campaign rhetoric. In his first couple of weeks in office, he pushed through a series of repressive executive orders that threaten the human rights of millions at home and […]

Syria:13,000 secretly hanged in Saydnaya military prison

Cesare Davolio   By Amnesty International A chilling new report from human rights NGO Amnesty International has exposed the “cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners” in a Syrian government jail where an estimated 13,000 people have been hanged in the past five years, and where mass hangings of up to 50 people at a […]

Philippines: The Police’s murderous war on the poor

Noel Celis/AFP   By Amnesty International Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

Iranian journalist given 40 lashes for ‘inaccurate reporting’

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters   By Amnesty International Human Rights NGO Amnesty International has condemned Iran’s persistent use of cruel and inhuman punishments – including floggings, amputations and forced blinding over the past year.

Over 1 million people urge President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden

Mandel Ngan/AFP   By Amnesty International The Pardon Snowden campaign on Friday delivered more than 1 million signatures to President Barack Obama, urging him to pardon whistleblower Edward Snowden before he leaves office on January 20. The signatures delivered to the White House, totaling 1,101,252 in number, were collected by the campaign, the American Civil […]

CAR: Urgent need to rebuild justice system as war crime suspects ‘roam free’

Emmanuel Braun/Reuters   By Amnesty International   ‘This is impunity on a staggering scale, and it is undermining efforts to rebuild CAR and create a sustainable peace,’ Illaria Allegrozzi.   The vast majority of the suspected war criminals in the Central African Republic are roaming free and in some cases living side by side with […]

Angola 3’s Albert Woodfox calls on Obama to release jailed Native American Leonard Peltier

Taro Yamasaki/AFP   By Amnesty International Albert Woodfox, the African American man who was released from jail in the United States last year after spending nearly 43 years in solitary confinement, is calling on President Barack Obama to commute the sentence of Leonard Peltier, the 72-year-old Native American man who has himself been in jail […]

UK should halt arms exports to Iraq if there’s a risk of abusive militias acquiring them

Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP   By Amnesty International The UK should halt all arms exports to Iraq unless it can demonstrate that it has reliable safeguards against British weaponry ending up in the hands of Iraqi government-supported Shia militias with a grisly track record of human rights abuses, said Amnesty International today.

How the blasphemy laws in Pakistan enable abuse

Sohail Shahzad/EPA   By Amnesty International Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often used against religious minorities and others who are the target of false accusations, while emboldening vigilantes prepared to threaten or kill the accused, a new report by human rights NGO Amnesty International states.

Thousands of Mongolians risk homelessness due to urban redevelopment failings

Noel Sampson   By Amnesty International The Mongolian authorities are failing residents of Ulaanbaatar with an urban redevelopment process that is putting thousands of people at risk of forced eviction and homelessness, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

Saudi Arabia sentences 15 people to death for ‘spying for Iran’

AFP photo   By Amnesty International   ‘The entire legal proceedings in this case have made a mockery of justice’ – Samah Hadid   Saudi Arabia’s sentencing of 15 people to death today after a grossly unfair trial is a travesty of justice, said human rights NGO Amnesty International.

Fiji: A darker side of paradise

Tim Wimborne   By Amnesty International Under the military’s dominance, the Pacific island nation of Fiji has seen an ingrained culture of torture take root among its security forces, a new report by human rights NGO Amnesty International states.

Nigeria: 150 Peaceful Pro-Biafra Activists Killed In Chilling Crackdown

Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP   By Amnesty International The Nigerian security forces, led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions and violence resulting in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country, according to an investigation by human rights NGO Amnesty International.

Bahrain’s UK-backed human rights bodies used as ‘PR tool’ as abuses continue

Hasan Jamali/AP   By Amnesty International Two UK-supported Bahraini institutions repeatedly trumpeted by the Bahraini and British authorities as evidence of the Gulf country’s supposed human rights progress have proven “woefully inadequate” at addressing serious human rights concerns, said human rights NGO Amnesty International in a new report published.

Four years of Putin’s foreign agents law has ‘shackled and silenced’ NGOs in Russia

Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters   By Amnesty International   ‘The ultimate losers are not just NGOs but Russian society’ – Sergei Nikitin   More than a hundred organisations have seen their funding shrink, their reputations tarnished and their staff intimidated under Russia’s draconian “foreign agents” law, said human rights NGO Amnesty International in a new report published.

Energy sector development in British Columbia, Canada putting indigenous women at risk

Photo/Amnesty International   By Amnesty International Decades of unchecked energy sector development and government policy failures have put the lives of indigenous women and girls at risk and strained the social fabric of communities in Canada’s British Columbia province, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.

South Sudan: Deliberate killings by govt troops as UN forces fail to protect civilians

Zohra Bensemra/Reuters   By Amnesty International South Sudanese government forces are responsible for deliberately killing civilians, raping women and girls and looting property in July in Juba, the country’s capital, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report launched earlier this week.

300 civilians killed in just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Just 11 US-led coalition air strikes in Syria appear to have killed some 300 civilians, according to new analysis from human rights NGO Amnesty International today, despite US claims that only one person has been killed by such aerial attacks.

Central America turns its back on hundreds of thousands fleeing ‘war-like’ violence

Tomas Munita   By Amnesty International Governments in Central America are fuelling a deepening refugee crisis by failing to tackle rampant violence and sky-high homicide rates in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras which are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report published.