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The Pakistani government must resist giving in to fear and anger in the wake of the Peshawar school tragedy and maintain its moratorium on executions, Amnesty International said today after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to restart executions for terrorism-related offences. 

The rights of migrants are being trampled across the globe, as some of the world’s most vulnerable people face economic exploitation, discrimination and racism in a range of countries, Amnesty International said on International Migrants Day. 

Following yesterday’s "national summit for disabilities" held as a result of the evidence of abuses at Áras Attracta in Co Mayo, and yesterday’s Oireachtas health committee hearing on the issue, Amnesty International has called for decisive and meaningful action from the Irish Government.

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The Philippine Senate’s decision to open an inquiry today into widespread police torture in the country is a promising development in the battle against impunity, Amnesty International said. 

Amnesty International commended today’s decision by the Irish Government to request a re-opening of the landmark European Court of Human Rights 1978 judgment in Ireland v UK.

Following the conviction of Brishna’s rapist on 25 October, the Afghan authorities have now committed to ensuring her protection. The 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province is receiving medical and psychological attention. Brishna was raped in May 2014 by a local mullah. While in the hospital, she received death threats to be killed.

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Two Saudi Arabian women have been arrested for driving. Loujain al-Hathloul and Mayssa al-Amoudi, both supporters of the campaign for women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia, were detained at the al-Batha border crossing with the United Arab Emirates.

A former member of Iraq’s Council of Representatives (Parliament) has been sentenced to death after a trial marred with irregularities.