March 4, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
With the European Games approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Tuesday, urged to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during the decade-long civil war that left more than 17,000 dead. The court struck down the amnesty provision from the law and said the consent of the victims is necessary for any reconciliation. The ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Amnesty International (AI) claimed Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that indiscriminate ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement yesterday revealed that Ban had spoken with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin regarding the ceasefire in Ukraine. Ban expressed concern over the situation and informed Klimkin that the UN would continue to follow the Security ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by members of the Islamic State (IS) are war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. The Egyptian Christians were abducted from the Libyan city of Sirte in two separate incidents in December 2014 and January 2015. Video released on Sunday showed ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A coalition of 71 human rights groups released a statement on Monday urging the Syrian government to release three prominent human rights defenders on the third anniversary of their imprisonment. The statement identifies the three men, Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir, as Syrian ...[read more]
February 15, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International India (AII) said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his first official trip as the newly-elected president, ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) said Friday that use of the death penalty in Pakistan is undergoing a "disturbing and dangerous" escalation after the execution of two men convicted of non-terrorism offenses. Muhammad Riaz and Muhammad Fiaz were executed Friday for the murder of the son of the Supreme ...[read more]

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