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30 Sep 2014
10:36 AM

The death toll in the Mediterranean rises while Europe looks the other way

A year on from the Lampedusa shipwrecks, which claimed more than 500 lives, a new report by Amnesty International highlights how the shameful inaction of European Union (EU) countries has contributed to a spiraling death toll in Mediterranean seas.

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30 Sep 2014
09:46 AM

Iran must halt imminent execution of 26-year-old woman

Iranian authorities have confirmed that a woman convicted of killing a man whom she said tried to sexually abuse her will be hanged Tuesday morning local time at a prison west of Tehran.

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27 Sep 2014
21:57 PM

Hong Kong: alarming Police response to student pro-democracy protest

The use of pepper spray and arrests by Hong Kong police during pro-democracy demonstrations has renewed fears authorities are cracking down on peaceful protests.

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27 Sep 2014
09:30 AM

Indonesia: New law imposing 100 lashes for gay and extramarital sex “enormous step backwards”

A new law in Indonesia’s Aceh province that imposes up to 100 lashes of the cane for “crimes” such as same-sex sexual activity and sex outside marriage is an enormous step backwards for human rights.

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26 Sep 2014
09:03 AM

Cambodia: New deal with Australia signs away refugee rights

A new low in Australia’s deplorable and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers has been reached with a deal to apparently ship refugees to Cambodia, where respect for their human rights cannot be guaranteed.

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25 Sep 2014
14:16 PM

Australia’s Cambodia refugee deal: “Inappropriate, immoral and likely illegal”

An alliance of leading children’s, international aid, human rights and refugee organisations from Australia and the Asia-Pacific have condemned a deal brokered by the Federal Government to relocate refugee families to Cambodia.

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25 Sep 2014
08:58 AM

UN: Landmark Arms Trade Treaty to become reality with 50th ratification

Protection for the millions of people whose lives are devastated by the poorly regulated global arms trade is set to take a giant leap forward in New York this week.

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25 Sep 2014
08:19 AM

Dropped anti-abortion bill must usher in protection of women’s rights in Spain

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction, Amnesty International said.

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24 Sep 2014
09:48 AM

Chad: Proposed anti-gay law will fuel homophobia

A draft Bill in Chad would criminalise same sex conduct, threatening jail sentences of between 15 and 20 years, and a fine of between CFA francs 50,000 to 500,000 ($100 and $1000.)

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24 Sep 2014
09:32 AM

Ukraine: No amnesty for torture committed by either side in the conflict

An amnesty bill passed by the Ukrainian parliament this month proposes waiving criminal responsibility for crimes committed by ‘armed formations’, but doesn't include torture and other ill-treatment in the list of exceptions.

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