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Pakistan has today reached a “shameful milestone” with the 100th execution since a moratorium on executions was lifted in December 2014, said Amnesty International. The country is gaining a reputation as one of the leading executioners in the world.

Responding to the news of a further adjournment of the trial in Cairo of Ibrahim Halawa, Amnesty International today expressed its concern at the ongoing detention of the Irish teenager who is a Prisoner of Conscience. Following a hearing in Cairo the trial was further adjourned today until 3 June. An application for bail was also refused. Ibrahim Halawa and his three sisters were arrested on 18 August 2013 for taking part in a pro-democracy protest in Cairo. His sisters were released on bail after three months and allowed to return to Ireland.

Amnesty International publishes ‘Blueprint for Action’ to end refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean

On the eve of an emergency summit in Brussels, Amnesty International today published a Blueprint for Action calling on European governments to take immediate and effective steps to end the ongoing crisis that has seen thousands die in the Mediterranean.

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Saudi Arabian women drivers Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysaa al-Amoudi were released on 12 February after spending 10 weeks in detention.

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez, imprisoned after losing her pregnancy in 2007 in El Salvador, has been released from prison. Guadalupe who was 18 years old when she was jailed and sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering a miscarriage. She was accused of having an abortion, which is outlawed in any circumstance in El Salvador.
“Those seven years were very long for me,'' said Guadalupe.

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. 

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A 21-year-old man, Siarhei Ivanou has been sentenced to death in Belarus, the last country in Europe and Central Asia still applying the death penalty.

This type of regressive policy violates girls’ fundamental right to education, punishes girls and discriminates against them on the basis of their sex, and can only result in increased stigmatisation.

Security forces in Uzbekistan are torturing men and women to make them sign false confessions.