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Every year, Amnesty International publishes a report on death sentences and executions worldwide. In the spring of 2017, the latest annual report on the death penalty found that 23 countries executed people last year, and that the total number of executions dropped 37 percent from the previous year.

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May 21, 2017 • Report

No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey

The dismissal of more than 100,000 public sector workers in Turkey is arbitrary and has had a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods, a new report published by Amnesty International reveals. No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey finds that tens of thousands of people including doctors, police<a href="https://www.amnestyusa.org/reports/no-end-sight-purged-public-sector-workers-denied-future-turkey/" class="read-more">Read More...</a>

May 16, 2017 • Report

Human rights defenders under threat – a shrinking space for civil society

Community leaders, lawyers, journalists and other human rights defenders across the world are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned Amnesty International today as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice. “What we are witnessing today is a full-frontal<a href="https://www.amnestyusa.org/reports/human-rights-defenders-threat-shrinking-space-civil-society/" class="read-more">Read More...</a>

May 15, 2017 • Report

My Family is in Shock: The Harm Caused by President Trump’s Executive Orders on Travel to the US

The Trump administration’s executive order on travel, scheduled for another federal appeals court review on Monday, would harm both immigrants and U.S. citizens if allowed to enter into effect, warns Amnesty International in a briefing paper released today.

May 2, 2017 • Report

Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom in Turkey

Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, at least 156 media outlets have been shut down and an estimated 2,500 journalists and other media workers have lost their jobs. Journalists have been arrested and charged with terrorism offences as a result of posts they have shared on Twitter, cartoons they have drawn or opinions they expressed. This is taking place within the context of a wider crackdown against perceived government critics which has seen 47,000 people remanded in prison and more than 100,000 public sector employees summarily dismissed.

April 24, 2017 • Report

Silenced By Force: Politically-Motivated Arbitrary Detentions in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities are using the justice system to illegally increase persecution and punishment of those who think differently, says Amnesty International in a new report published today amidst an increase in protests around the country which have resulted in several deaths and hundreds of people injured and imprisoned.

April 7, 2017 • Report

Death Sentences and Executions 2016

For the first time since 2006, and only the second time since 1991, the United States is not among the world's five biggest executioners, Amnesty International said in its 2016 global review of the death penalty published today.

April 3, 2017 • Report

Treasure Island: How Companies Are Profiting from Australia’s Abuse of Refugees on Nauru

A major corporation responsible for running the Australian government’s refugee “processing” centre on Nauru is making millions of dollars from a system that amounts to torture of refugees and people seeking asylum, Amnesty International said today.

February 17, 2017 • Report

The State of the World’s Human Rights

Politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing “us vs them” rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, warned Amnesty International today as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

February 3, 2017 • Report

Human slaughterhouse: Mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya prison, Syria

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells and hanged to death. In five years, as many as 13,000 people, most of them civilians believed to be opposed to the government, were hanged in secret at Saydnaya.

January 31, 2017 • Report

South Africa: Women and girls risk unsafe abortions after being denied legal services

Women and girls risk unsafe abortions that can lead to serious health complications, and even death, due to persistent barriers to legal abortion services, according to research by Amnesty International and the Women’s Health Research Unit of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town.