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23 May 2015
09:05 AM

Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei receive 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award

Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei have been awarded the 2015 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at an evening ceremony in Berlin which featured performances from artists around the world.

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23 May 2015
09:00 AM

‘Mandela Rules’ on prisoner treatment adopted in landmark revision of UN standards

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice adopted crucial revisions of 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting yesterday in Vienna, which Amnesty International said could herald in a new era of respect for prisoners’ human rights.

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23 May 2015
08:56 AM

Ethiopia: Onslaught on human rights ahead of elections

The run-up to Ethiopia’s elections on Sunday has been marred by gross, systematic and wide-spread violations of ordinary Ethiopians’ human rights, says Amnesty International.

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23 May 2015
08:51 AM

Thailand: Arrests on coup anniversary are a stark reminder of ongoing repression

The arbitrary arrests of students and anti-coup activists in at least three separate incidents yesterday in Thailand’s capital Bangkok and the north-eastern city of Khon Kaen come as a stark reminder of the ongoing intolerance of peaceful dissent a year into military rule, Amnesty International said yesterday.

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22 May 2015
12:55 PM

South East Asia: Necessary U-turn on refugee boats still leaves thousands at risk

The decision by Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to reverse an appalling policy of turning back boats carrying refugees and vulnerable migrants is a step in the right direction – but falls far short of the measures urgently needed to save thousands of lives still at risk at sea, or to address the root causes of the crisis, Amnesty International said.

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22 May 2015
12:53 PM

South Sudan: Escalation of violence points to failed regional and international action

New research conducted by Amnesty International on the surge in military activity in South Sudan over the past weeks clearly shows that regional and international efforts to end the human suffering caused by armed conflict in South Sudan have failed.

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22 May 2015
12:43 PM

Ireland: A chance to make history – for us all

In less than 24 hours, Ireland will go to the polls in a referendum that is truly historic, the first time any nation has asked its people to vote ‘Yes’ and end discrimination against LGBTI people in its civil marriage laws. If passed, Ireland will become the first country anywhere in the world to guarantee its people the equal constitutional right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation, following a popular vote.

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21 May 2015
07:12 AM

Human rights organisations call for an overhaul to government campaigning to end death penalty

A group of leading Australian and international human rights organisations are calling for an overhaul to the way the Australian government campaigns to end the death penalty, today launching a new strategy document: ‘Australian Government and the Death Penalty: A Way Forward’.

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17 May 2015
08:00 AM

Egypt: Court recommends death sentences for Morsi, more than 100 others after ‘charade trials’

An Egyptian court’s recommendation today to sentence ousted president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death after grossly unfair trials shows the deplorable state of the country’s criminal justice system.

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14 May 2015
09:56 AM

South East Asia: Immediately step up efforts to rescue thousands at sea

South East Asian governments must step up urgent search and rescue efforts to ensure that thousands of people stranded in boats are not left in dire circumstances and at risk of death.

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