Archive for: 07/2011

Proposed Saudi Arabian anti-terror law would strangle peaceful protest

22 July 2011, 05:47PM

A draft Saudi Arabian anti-terrorism law obtained by Amnesty International would allow the authorities to prosecute peaceful dissent as a terrorist crime.

Disappointment as Malaysia deal goes ahead

22 July 2011, 11:57AM

Amnesty International is extremely disappointed at the news the Australian Government will sign the Malaysia deal on Monday. The organisation has consistently condemned the plan to send 800 people to Malaysia as a flagrant violation of refugee human rights.

Gambia: Hundreds disappeared, killed and tortured

22 July 2011, 10:24AM

Gambia must act to improve the deteriorating human rights situation across the country, Amnesty International said in a campaign document released today.

Malawi must investigate protest killings

22 July 2011, 10:19AM

The Malawian authorities must immediately launch an independent investigation into the deaths of at least eight people shot by security forces during demonstrations that erupted into violence in the northern city of Mzuzu, Amnesty International said.

New Iran public execution video highlights ‘brutal’ death penalty

22 July 2011, 10:17AM

Graphic new video footage of a public hanging in Iran this week highlights the brutalisation of both the condemned and those who watch executions, Amnesty International said today.

Violence erupts during Malawi anti-government demonstrations

21 July 2011, 10:01AM

At least two people have reportedly been shot dead by security forces as widespread riots erupted across Malawi amid protests over fuel shortages and repressive laws recently passed by parliament.

Serbia: Final Hague war crimes suspect arrested

21 July 2011, 09:49AM

The arrest today of the last Serbian suspect wanted by a UN international criminal tribunal is a further step towards justice for the victims of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Croatia, Amnesty International said today.

Detained UN worker at risk of torture in Sudan

20 July 2011, 10:18AM

Amnesty International has urged Sudanese authorities to ensure that a UN worker being held in South Darfur is not subjected to torture and is given immediate access to his family and any needed medical care.

Indonesia: Exxon Mobil decision a reminder of continuing impunity in Aceh

20 July 2011, 10:10AM

Amnesty International welcomed the decision by a US Court of Appeals that US-based Exxon Mobil can face claims relating to extrajudicial killings, torture, and prolonged arbitrary detention by Indonesian soldiers in Indonesia’s Aceh province under the US Alien Tort Statute (ATS).

Syria: Torture fear for dozens arrested in Damascus suburb

20 July 2011, 09:50AM

Dozens of men are being held incommunicado at unknown locations and are at risk of torture after the Syrian security forces conducted mass arrests in a Damascus suburb over the weekend, Amnesty International said.

Orissa high court rejects Vedanta refinery expansion

20 July 2011, 09:47AM

Amnesty International has urged the Indian authorities to order the immediate clean-up of an alumina refinery in the state of Orissa, following a high court decision to reject plans for its expansion by a subsidiary of the UK-based Vedanta Resources.

Malawi: Crackdown fears ahead of mass protests

20 July 2011, 09:43AM

The Malawian authorities must respect the rights of those taking part in peaceful protests, Amnesty International said today, ahead of planned mass demonstrations across the country on Wednesday.

Tunisia must investigate death of boy during protests

20 July 2011, 09:41AM

The Tunisian authorities must launch an independent and impartial investigation into the death of a 13-year-old boy shot during protests in the central town of Sidi Bouzid, Amnesty International said.

Iraq urged to halt execution of former Saddam Hussain officials

19 July 2011, 10:06AM

The Iraqi authorities should halt the imminent execution of five senior officials under former president Saddam Hussain, Amnesty International said today. The five were transferred from US to Iraqi custody last week.

UAE: End trial of activists charged with insulting officials

17 July 2011, 09:01AM

The UAE authorities should drop charges against five activists arrested after they called for democratic reforms.

Somali refugee crisis: Kenya’s opening of camp extension only a first step

16 July 2011, 08:36AM

Kenya and the international community must take further steps to address the needs of Somali refugees.

Arms Trade Treaty proposal to drop weapons of repression from agenda

16 July 2011, 08:31AM

The recent repression in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrates that a wide range of arms used by military, security and police forces, must be covered under the scope of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents

15 July 2011, 10:26AM

Amnesty International urges the Iraqi government to cease its harassment of Iranian exiles living in Camp Ashraf and ensure they have unhindered access to medical care and other humanitarian needs.

Sudan journalist faces more prison time

15 July 2011, 09:53AM

The Sudanese authorities must immediately release a journalist who faces fresh charges despite completing a year's prison sentence.

Amnesty International invites scholarship applications for Human Rights Conference

14 July 2011, 02:45PM

Amnesty International is inviting applications for scholarships to attend a three day Human Rights Conference in Brisbane from 6-8 October.

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