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February 20, 2018 • Press Release

Syria: Relentless bombing of civilians in Eastern Ghouta amounts to war crimes

Responding to the news of the escalating bombing campaign by the Syrian government and its ally Russia in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside which has left scores dead and hundreds injured in the past month, Amnesty International’s Diana Semaan, Syria researcher, said:

February 16, 2018 • Press Release

As USS Cole Trial Shuts Down, Amnesty Calls to End All Military Commissions

The Guantánamo military judge handling the case of the alleged USS Cole bomber halted the trial following months of failed attempts to get three civilian defense attorneys who resigned from the case last year to return. Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights Director, Daphne Eviatar, issued the following statement: “The military commissions at Guantánamo … Continued

February 16, 2018 • Press Release

Turkey: A dark day for press freedom and for justice as journalists sentenced to life

Following the aggravated life sentences handed down to six defendants, including Nazlı Ilıcak, Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan, for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”, Gauri van Gulik, Europe Director for Amnesty International, said.

February 15, 2018 • Press Release

El Salvador: Release of woman jailed for stillbirth must signal end of total abortion ban

The release of a woman forced to spend a decade behind bars in El Salvador after having pregnancy-related complications resulting in stillbirth must open the door for an end to the country’s extreme anti-abortion law, said Amnesty International. Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was freed on Thursday after a court reduced her sentence, but at least … Continued

February 14, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

The following statement can be attributed to Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA: “While our thoughts are with the victims, survivors and families of this senseless attack, we know that is not enough. Our leaders must take action to protect people from gun violence. When people can’t go to school, or to work, or to … Continued

February 14, 2018 • Press Release

Indonesia: Police must protect – not attack – transgender women living under threat in Aceh

Indonesian authorities are completely failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, Amnesty International Indonesia said today.

February 14, 2018 • Press Release

Egypt: Cluster bomb video highlights human rights concerns in North Sinai

The Egyptian military’s use of cluster bombs must cease immediately, Amnesty international said today, following the military’s release of an official video showing cluster bombs as part of their recent operations in North Sinai.

February 14, 2018 • Press Release

Hungary: New law poses existential threat to NGOs

A new bill which would penalize NGOs that support migration is a deeply disturbing and unjustified assault on civil society, said Amnesty International.

February 12, 2018 • Press Release

Iran: Authorities refuse to release Canadian-Iranian academic’s body for independent autopsy in “callous cover-up”

In response to reports that the Iranian authorities have said they will refuse to release the body of the Canadian-Iranian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami to his family unless there is an immediate burial and no attempt to conduct an independent autopsy, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty international’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and Africa said: “The authorities’ … Continued

February 12, 2018 • Press Release

Israel/OPT: Israeli authorities must release teenage Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi

The Israeli authorities must immediately release teenage activist Ahed Tamimi whose continued detention is a desperate attempt to intimidate Palestinian children who dare to stand up to repression by occupying forces, Amnesty International said. Ahed Tamimi’s trial is due to start tomorrow in Ofer juvenile military court in the occupied West Bank. She faces 12 … Continued

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