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The global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) enters into force on 24 December, marking a breakthrough for human rights after more than two decades of campaigning by Amnesty International and its NGO partners around the world. 

Resuming the death penalty is not the answer to combating terrorism in Pakistan and only perpetuates a cycle of violence, Amnesty International said as two people were executed in the country for the first time since 2012. 

A flurry of activity by UN member states to sign and ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) before it enters into force next week is another clear sign of the overwhelming support for this historic move to rein in the irresponsible international arms trade, Amnesty International said. 

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The Moroccan parliament voted unanimously to change its rape law, so that rapists can no longer escape punishment by forcing their victims to marry them. It followed tireless campaigning for the family of Amina Filali (pictured), who killed herself in March 2012 after being forced by law to marry a man she said had raped her. Similar laws still exist in Tunisia and Algeria, and we continue our fight to change them through our My Body My Rights campaign.

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.

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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.