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Scores of casualties in Sana’a have been caused by anti-aircraft munitions shot by the Huthi armed group which detonated after landing in populated areas killing and maiming civilians, said Amnesty International.

By Christy Hargesheimer, Nebraska resident and Nebraska State Death Penalty Action Coordinator for Amnesty International USA

Wow, who would have thought it possible? Red-state Nebraska (with a few purple splotches) actually has repealed the death penalty by voting to override the Governor’s veto! And who were the people responsible for finally pushing this through? A strong coalition of abolitionists, plus some unlikely suspects, that’s who.

At this weekend’s Forbidden Fruit Festival in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Amnesty International Ireland activists will be campaigning on SOS Europe - we will be asking festival goers to support our calls all countries in the European Union, including Ireland, to act to save refugee and migrant lives at sea.

Good News

A Nigerian torture victim wrongfully sentenced to death for a crime committed when he was 16 years old has been pardoned following intensive campaigning from Amnesty International supporters across the world.

Five women rights activists detained after planning events to mark International Women’s Day were released on bail on 13 April. This follows a huge outcry about their detention both in China and internationally, which it is believed played a major role in their release.  


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

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Shafqat Hussain, a Pakistani man who was just 14 years old in 2004 when he was sentenced to death, is at risk of being executed. 

Eight Roma familes are at risk of being forcibly evicted from their homes in Eforie, in south-east Romania. 

When Wafae Charaf and Oussama Housne dared to speak out about being abducted and tortured, they were imprisoned for “false reporting” of torture. They must be released now.