Articles by Amnesty International

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30 Years of Torture Convention – States Still Failing on Obligations
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2019

10 Dec 2014 – On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture, Amnesty International is calling upon states not to obstruct efforts to prevent the appalling practice. While 156 states have ratified the Convention, a host of nations are still carrying out torture and are obstructing efforts to prevent, monitor, investigate and to bring about prosecutions.

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‘Global Indifference to Human Rights Violations in the Middle East and North Africa Fuelling Atrocities and Impunity’
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

Report reviews human rights in 19 MENA states during 2018
• International arms trade and lucrative business deals fuel cycle of abuse
• Lack of accountability drives widespread repression and civilian suffering
• Small advances on women’s rights and efforts to tackle past abuses due to civil society campaigns

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Burma/Myanmar: Shameful Anniversary Highlights Lack of Accountability for Atrocities against Rohingya
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

23 Aug 2018 – World leaders’ failure to act has allowed the Myanmar security forces’ perpetrators of crimes against humanity to remain at large for a year after their murderous campaign against the Rohingya prompted an exodus of epic proportions. More than 700,000 Rohingya women, men, and children fled from northern Rakhine State to neighbouring Bangladesh after 25 August 2017, when the Myanmar security forces launched a widespread as well as systematic assault on hundreds of Rohingya villages.

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Time for Accountability in Burma/Myanmar: Military Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity in Rakhine State
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

27 Jun 2018 – Soldiers killed women, men, and children; raped and committed other sexual violence against women and girls; hauled men and boys to detention sites, where they tortured them; and burned homes, shops, and mosques across several hundred villages. The report examines in detail the military’s atrocities, which amount to crimes against humanity under international law.

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Libya: European Governments Complicit in Horrific Abuse of Refugees and Migrants
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

12 Dec 2017 – European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya, said Amnesty International in a report published today, in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya.

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Myanmar: Rohingya Trapped in Dehumanizing Apartheid Regime
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

• Rohingya segregated and abused in “open-air prison”
• Two-year investigation reveals root causes of current Rakhine State crisis
• System of discrimination amounts to the crime against humanity of apartheid

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi’s Response to Rakhine and Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar ‘Unconscionable’
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

6 Sep 2017 -“This is a human rights and humanitarian catastrophe. In her first comments on the crisis, instead of promising concrete action to protect the people in Rakhine state, Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be downplaying the horrific reports coming out of the area,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Director.

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Israel’s Occupation: 50 Years of Palestinian Oppression
Philip Luther | Amnesty International – Al Jazeera, 12 Jun 2017

After 50 years of Israeli war crimes on Palestinian land, the world has to act and ban Israeli settlement goods.

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Bangladesh Pushes Back Rohingya Refugees amid Collective Punishment in Myanmar
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

• Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers being detained and forcibly returned;
• lack of water, food and medical care;
• both governments preventing thousands from accessing aid;
• harrowing details of Myanmar military attacks on villages.

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The State of The World’s Human Rights 2014/15
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2015

Amnesty International’s Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2014. It also celebrates those who stand up for human rights across the world, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances.

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30 Years of Torture Convention – States Still Failing on Obligations
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Dec 2014

10 Dec 2014 – On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture, Amnesty International is calling upon states not to obstruct efforts to prevent the appalling practice. While 156 states have ratified the Convention, a host of nations are still carrying out torture and are obstructing efforts to prevent, monitor, investigate and to bring about prosecutions.

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Hollywood Takes on Corporate Giants over Bhopal Gas Disaster
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Nov 2014

Hollywood movie star Martin Sheen will join Amnesty International’s battle to finally hold Union Carbide accountable for what is widely considered to be one of the world’s worst industrial disasters as he launches his latest film in Los Angeles on Friday [7 Nov 2014].

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El Salvador: Total Ban on Abortion is Killing Women and Girls and Condemning Others to Decades Behind Bars
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Sep 2014

27 Sep 2014 – The government’s repressive and outdated total ban on abortion is blighting the lives of women and girls, pushing them to unsafe, clandestine abortions or forcing them through dangerous pregnancies. Those terminating their pregnancies could face years in prison.

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Syria: Harrowing Torture, Summary Killings in Secret Isis Detention Centres
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2013

Torture, flogging, and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, an armed group that controls large areas of northern Syria, said Amnesty International in a briefing published today [19 Dec 2013].

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The Dark Side of Migration – Spotlight on Qatar’s Construction Sector ahead of the World Cup
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2013

Qatar’s population is increasing by 20 people every hour. Most of those arriving in the country are low-income construction workers from Asia. These migrant workers are to build massive projects worth up to US$220 billion, which will contribute, directly or indirectly, to the staging of the 2022 World cup. This Amnesty International report looks at how a permissive legal framework in Qatar allows unscrupulous employers to exploit and abuse migrant workers.

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USA Must Be Held To Account for Drone Killings in Pakistan
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2013

New evidence indicates that the USA has carried out unlawful killings in Pakistan through drone attacks, some of which could even amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said in a major new report released today [22 Oct 2013].

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Report: Sri Lanka’s Assault on Dissent
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2013

In their attempt to consolidate power, Sri Lanka’s authorities have criminalized freedom of expression, and equated dissent with treason. Those who dare to criticize the authorities are pursued and silenced. As described in this report, Sri Lanka is failing to comply with its international obligations to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, as well as other rights.

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Israel Must Halt Construction of West Bank Settlements
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2012

The Israeli government’s announcement that it is to expand settlements in the West Bank in response to the UN vote on Palestinian statehood violates human rights and international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said today [3 Dec 2012].

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Suspension of Anti-Homosexuality Laws in Malawi a Historic Step Forward
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2012

Laws criminalising same sex sexual conduct in Malawi are suspended pending a decision on whether or not to repeal them is a historic step in the fight against discrimination in the country.

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Letter from Swiss Amnesty International to PM of India
Amnesty International - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2012

As members of Amnesty International Geneva, Switzerland, we are dismayed by the detainment of the Tamil Nadu nuclear plant protesters, the charges of sedition, conspiracy and rioting lodged against many of them, and by the prospect that some of these protesters continue to remain in jail.

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Death Penalty in 2011
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2012

People were executed or sentenced to death for a range of offences including adultery and sodomy in Iran, blasphemy in Pakistan, sorcery in Saudi Arabia, the trafficking of human bones in the Republic of Congo, and drug offences in more than 10 countries. Methods of execution in 2011 included beheading, hanging, lethal injection and shooting. Some 18,750 people remained under sentence of death at the end of 2011 and at least 676 people were executed worldwide.

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Serbia Must Stop Evicting Roma
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2011

The situation of a Roma family forcibly evicted from their Belgrade home and made homeless this week again highlights the need for the Serbian government to stop forced evictions and introduce legislation prohibiting them, Amnesty International said today. “Roma families in Belgrade are being forced out of their homes at an increasingly rapid pace.” said Nicola Duckworth Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia.

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Jeremy Irons on World Day against the Death Penalty (VIDEO OF THE WEEK)
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2011

Actor Jeremy Irons outlines arguments against capital punishment in a clip to support Amnesty International’s campaign against the death penalty.

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Report 2011: Amnesty International at 50 says Historic Change on Knife-Edge
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2011

People are rejecting fear. Courageous people, led largely by youth, are standing up and speaking out in the face of bullets, beatings, tear gas and tanks. This bravery – combined with new technology that is helping activists to outflank and expose government suppression of free speech and peaceful protest – is sending a signal to repressive governments that their days are numbered.

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Death Penalty in 2010: Executing Countries Left Isolated After Decade of Progress
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2011

28 March 2011. Countries which continue to use the death penalty are being left increasingly isolated following a decade of progress towards abolition, Amnesty International has said today in its new report Death Sentences and Executions in 2010.

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On UN World Habitat Day, Oct 4: One Billion Slum Dwellers Cannot Be Ignored
Amnesty International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2010

Governments cannot celebrate the UN World Habitat Day on 4 October while ignoring one billion people living in slums, Amnesty International said today [1 Oct 2010].

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RECORD TURNOUT FOR ARMS TRADE TREATY WEEK OF ACTION
Amnesty International - 22 June 2009, 3 Jul 2009

Last week, campaigners in the largest number of countries so far took part in an annual worldwide Week of Action, aimed at highlighting the need for an effective Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). NGOs in over 90 countries organized activities to draw attention to the treaty, and the rapid rise in the human cost of armed […]

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END THE WAR ON CIVILIANS IN SRI LANKA
Amnesty International, 2 Apr 2009

A briefing on the humanitarian crisis and lack of human rights protection. A human rights crisis is unfolding in Sri Lanka where tens of thousands of people are trapped in the middle of heavy fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lanka Armed Forces in the north eastern Wanni region. […]

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GAMBIA: HUNDREDS ACCUSED OF ‘WITCHCRAFT’ AND POISONED IN GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN
Amnesty International - Press Release Mar 19 2009, 20 Mar 2009

Banjul (Gambia) – Amnesty International today revealed that up to 1,000 people in The Gambia have been kidnapped from their villages by “witch doctors”, taken to secret detention centres and forced to drink hallucinogenic concoctions. The incidents are occurring in the context of a “witch- hunting campaign” that is spreading terror throughout the country. Amnesty […]

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BRAZIL’S SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Amnesty International, 18 Dec 2008

A vote in Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday [Dec 10/08] upheld the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the reservation of Raposa Serra do Sol on the frontier between Brazil and Guyana/Venezuela. The vote is seen as a victory for all Indigenous Peoples across Brazil. The Supreme Court’s vote is a milestone in the thirty-year battle […]

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LANDSLIDE UN VOTE IN FAVOR OF ARMS TRADE TREATY
Amnesty International – 31/Oct/08, 15 Nov 2008

Today 147 states at the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to move forward with work on an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Control Arms campaign, which represents millions of campaigners around the world welcomed the vote but called for more urgency from states to advance the process quickly and ensure a strong Treaty with human rights […]

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