In Bulgaria, beatings, rape and murders of LGBTI people are inadequately investigated and prosecuted. Take action to call on the Bulgarian authorities to ensure that the new Criminal Code, currently under discussion, prohibits all crimes perpetrated with a hate motive.
The civilian population of the Central African Republic is in urgent need of protection, Amnesty International said today from the capital Bangui, four days into the worst spate of violence in the conflict to date.
On the surface, everything is quiet in Bangui, the tiny capital city of the Central African Republic. Strangely quiet. But behind this silence, stories of devastation are emerging. The city is calm but people are afraid writes Susanna Flood, Director of Media, Amnesty International, from Bangui.
Canadian-Iranian national Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, who had been sentenced to death in Iran in 2008, was released on 23 September after spending over five years in prison. He returned home to Toronto, Canada, on 10 October and was reunited with his wife.
Hate crime is a serious form of discrimination. Victims of these crimes are selected by the perpetrators on the basis of a real or perceived identity-related characteristic such as ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Frank Walls, a 46-year-old man who has been on death row in Florida for 25 years and has exhausted his ordinary appeals to the courts, is seeking commutation of his death sentence. If clemency is rejected, the governor will sign an execution warrant.