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Who Killed the Blogger Activist in Bangladesh?

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Who Killed the Blogger Activist in Bangladesh?

The vicious killing of another secular activist in Bangladesh is a grave reminder that the authorities are failing to protect people exercising their right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said Thursday. Four masked men attacked Nazimuddin Samad, 28, with a machete in Dhaka on Wednesday before shooting him dead. No one has claimed responsibility, [...]

Death Penalty: Amnesty Reports Alarming Surge in Executions

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Death Penalty: Amnesty Reports Alarming Surge in Executions

Human rights organization Amnesty International reports that a dramatic global rise in the number of executions recorded in 2015 saw more people put to death than at any point in the last quarter-century. The surge was largely fuelled by Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Amnesty found in its review of the global use of the [...]

Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

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Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The Azerbaijani authorities today released prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev in what Amnesty International billed an overdue step towards righting the injustice against him and all remaining prisoners of conscience. Intigam Aliyev, head of the NGO Legal Education Society and a vocal government critic, was arrested in August 2014. In April 2015, according to [...]

Death Penalty: Malaysia to Execute 3 Prisoners

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Death Penalty: Malaysia to Execute 3 Prisoners

Human rights organization Amnesty International has urged the government of Malaysia to stop the execution of prisoners due to be hanged on Friday. Amnesty reports that in addition to Gunasegar Pitchaymuthu’s scheduled execution on Friday, his two co-defendants – brothers J Ramesh and Sasivarnam A/ L Jayakumar – are also set to be hanged tomorrow [...]

Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

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Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

Salil Shetty, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, is visiting Rabat on 17-18 March to meet Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and other government officials. The meeting is supposed to obtain guarantees that Amnesty will be granted access to conduct fact-finding missions to Morocco and Western Sahara. Amnesty says it has been unable to conduct human [...]

Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

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Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

The government takeover of Zaman newspaper is the latest deeply troubling episode in the Turkish authorities’ ongoing onslaught on dissenting media, Amnesty International said Friday. According to the state news agency Anadolu, at the request of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, a court appointed trustees to take over the newspaper’s management. “By lashing out [...]

Hindu Groups Attacking Human Rights in India: Amnesty

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Hindu Groups Attacking Human Rights in India: Amnesty

Human rights organization Amnesty International has released its 2015-16 report that documents the state of the world’s human rights during 2015. With a survey of 160 countries and territories, the report highlight s the suffering endured by many, be it through conflict, displacement, discrimination or repression. The report also highlights the strength and extent of [...]

Amnesty India Demands the Repeal of Sedition Law

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Amnesty India Demands the Repeal of Sedition Law

British used the sedition law to curb free speech during India’s independence struggle. Now the government is using it to silence and harass those with divergent opinions. By Rakesh Raman The India branch of human rights organization Amnesty International has launched an online petition demanding the repeal of sedition law, as the Indian government is [...]

Children Facing Death Penalty in Iran: Amnesty

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Children Facing Death Penalty in Iran: Amnesty

Scores of youths in Iran are languishing on death row for crimes committed under the age of 18, said Amnesty International in a new report published Tuesday. The report, according to Amnesty, debunks recent attempts by Iran’s authorities to whitewash their continuing violations of children’s rights and deflect criticism of their appalling record as one [...]

Will China Release Uighur Professor Ilham Tohti?

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Will China Release Uighur Professor Ilham Tohti?

According to human rights organization Amnesty International, 400 academics from across the world have called on China’s President Xi Jinping to immediately release Uighur Professor Ilham Tohti, on the second anniversary of the day he was taken into custody by authorities. In an open letter dated January 15 to President Xi, scholars from academic institutions [...]

Shia Cleric Among 47 Executed by Saudi Arabia

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Shia Cleric Among 47 Executed by Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life by executing 47 people in a single day, said Amnesty International. Those put to death Saturday included Shi’a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who, according to Amnesty, was convicted after a “political and grossly unfair trial” at the Specialized Criminal Court [...]

Boris Nemtsov’s Murder: Suspect ‘Tortured’ for Confession

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Boris Nemtsov’s Murder: Suspect ‘Tortured’ for Confession

By Rakesh Raman Zaur Dadayev, a prime suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, has withdrawn his confession. He told two human rights activists – Eva Merkacheva and Andrei Babushkin – on Wednesday that Russian interrogators tortured him to get his confession. Nemtsov, a former Deputy Prime Minister of [...]

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