Human Rights Updates

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Amnesty International today forecast that more civilians would be at risk of abuses by states and armed groups in 2015 unless effective action is taken at a global level.

Amnesty International has today called on the Irish Government to accept the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution and protect economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights. 

On 8 February an Irish teenager who had spent 550 days in an Egyptian prison learned that his trial in Cairo had been postponed yet again. He was awaiting a mass trial with 493 others on charges that range from murder to attempted murder to preventing people from praying in a mosque. Charges that could lead to his being sentenced to death.

Good News

This morning I woke up to the news that “Guadalupe”, a young woman unjustly imprisoned in El Salvador after having a miscarriage, had been pardoned. 

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges, said Amnesty International. 

The Dominican Republic has decriminalised abortion where pregnancy poses a risk to the life of a pregnant woman or girl, in cases where the foetus will be unable to survive outside the womb, and in cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. 

Act Now

At least 27 people remain behind bars in China after showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Bob Rugurika, director of African Public Radio, faces criminal charges after broadcasting investigative reports about the September 2014 murder of three elderly Italian nuns. His detention does not constitute a necessary or proportionate restriction on the right to freedom of expression.

Juvenile offender, Saman Naseem, convicted in an unfair trial, is facing execution for a crime he allegedly committed when he was 17.