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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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July 19, 2017 • Report

Cameroon’s secret torture chambers: human rights violations and war crimes in the fight against Boko Haram’

Hundreds of people in Cameroon accused of supporting Boko Haram, often without evidence, are being brutally tortured by security forces, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

July 13, 2017 • Report

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 a new report today.

July 10, 2017 • Report

At any cost: The civilian catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq

A new report by Amnesty International uncovers the horrifying scale of death, injury and suffering of civilians trapped in the battle for west Mosul. The report documents how the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) moved civilians from neighboring villages into the zones of the battle in west Mosul, trapped them in their homes and prevented them from escaping, using them as human shields. Meanwhile Iraqi and coalition forces failed to take adequate measures to protect civilians, instead subjecting them to a terrifying barrage of fire from weapons that should never be used in densely populated civilian areas.

July 5, 2017 • Report

A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the Central Mediterranean

The soaring death toll in the central Mediterranean and the horrific abuses faced by thousands of refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centers are clearly linked to failing EU policies, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

July 3, 2017 • Report

If Men Are Caught They Are Killed, If Women Are Caught They Are Raped: Atrocities Turn South Sudan’s Breadbasket Into A Killing Field

A new frontline in South Sudan’s conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the country’s fertile Equatoria region over the past year, creating ongoing atrocities, starvation and fear, according to a new Amnesty International briefing published today.

June 28, 2017 • Report

In the Dock: Shell’s Complicity in the Arbitrary Execution of the Ogoni Nine

Oil giant Shell stands accused of complicity in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of nine men who were hanged by Nigeria’s military government in the 1990s, Amnesty International can reveal today, following the launch of an explosive new case against the company in the Netherlands over four of the executions.

June 15, 2017 • Report

Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s violation of the rights of asylum seekers

An already dangerous journey for tens of thousands of refugees has become deadlier thanks to President Trump’s Executive Order on border control and immigration as well as entrenched reckless practices in Mexico, Amnesty International said in a new report based on intensive investigations on both sides of the border.

June 14, 2017 • Report

All the Civilians Suffer: Conflict, Displacement and Abuse in Northern Myanmar

Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan states, Amnesty International said today in a new report based on three recent trips to the conflict area.

May 23, 2017 • Report

Criminalizing Pregnancy: Policing Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs in the USA

A set of laws which claim to promote maternal and infant health are in fact driving pregnant women away from vital health services, jeopardizing their well-being and violating their right to health, according to a new report published by Amnesty International.

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 … Continued