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Remaking Rakhine State

Myanmar’s Rakhine State is being militarized at an alarming pace, as authorities are building security force bases and bulldozing land where Rohingya villages were burned to the ground just months…

March 11, 2018

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Activists Gather to Demand Closure of Guantánamo

On the 16th anniversary of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, Amnesty International USA will be joining the Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture,…

January 11, 2018

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Iran: Stop increasingly ruthless crackdown and investigate deaths of protesters

Iranian authorities must ensure the right to peaceful protest, investigate reports that security forces have unlawfully used firearms against unarmed protesters and protect hundreds of detainees from torture and other…

January 4, 2018
Iranian pro-government supporters march during a rally in support of the regime after authorities declared the end of deadly unrest, in the city of Mashhad on January 4, 2018. A total of 21 people died and hundreds were arrested in five days of unrest that began on December 28 as protests against economic grievances and quickly turned against the regime as a whole, with attacks on government buildings and police stations. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / NIMA NAJAFZADEH (Photo credit should read NIMA NAJAFZADEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Syria: Extrajudicial execution of Bassel Khartabil a grim reminder of Syrian prison horrors

Responding to news of the execution of Syrian-Palestinian human rights activist Bassel Khartabil today, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research said:

August 2, 2017
Military Intelligence detained Bassel Khartabil on 15 March 2012 and he has remained in detention since. He was initially held incommunicado in the Military Intelligence Detention facility in Kafr Sousseh for eight months and later in the military jail in Saydnaya, where prison personnel tortured him for three weeks, he later told his family. Officials provided Bassel Khartabil’s family with no information about where or why he was in custody until 24 December 2012, when authorities moved him to ‘Adra central prison, where Khartabil was eventually allowed visits from his family. A Syrian of Palestinian parents, Khartabil is a 34-year old computer engineer who worked to build a career in software and web development. Before his arrest, he used his technical expertise to help advance freedom of speech and access to information via the Internet. Among other projects, he founded Creative Commons Syria, a nonprofit organization that enables people to share artistic and other work using free legal tools.


False suspicions: Arbitrary detentions by police in Mexico

The toxic combination of a flawed judicial system, untrained police officers and widespread impunity are encouraging arbitrary detentions and leading to torture, executions and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said in…

July 13, 2017
Police during protest in Mexico City