Hamas must halt its campaign of summary executions of suspected collaborators, Amnesty International today said after at least 18 more Palestinians were put to death by firing squad for allegedly providing information to Israel.
The apparent execution-style killing by the Islamic State (IS) armed group of a US reporter who went missing in Syria in 2012 constitutes a war crime and highlights the urgent need for all states with influence in the region to ensure other missing journalists are safely released, Amnesty International said today.
“The Israeli authorities appear to have been playing bureaucratic games with us over access to Gaza, conditioning it on entirely unreasonable criteria even as the death toll mounts” said Anne FitzGerald, Amnesty International’s Director of Research and Crisis Response.
Today’s release of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death by hanging for ‘apostasy’ and to flogging for ‘adultery’, is a step towards undoing the horrific injustice visited on her, said Amnesty International today.
Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights activist jailed for calling for anti-government protests, was released on 24 May. He told us about being imprisoned – but not silenced – and what international support means to him.
Supporters of Amnesty International in Ireland and worldwide recently stood with the women and girls of Mozambique and demanded that a draft Criminal Code that would permit rape within marriage be struck down. The proposed Article 223 also allowed a rapist to escape prosecution by marrying the survivor (including girls as young as 12 years of age).
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Following the advancement of ISIS fighters into towns and villages in northern Iraq since June, hundreds of thousands of people belonging to religious minorities as well as other groups have been forced to leave their homes.