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Amnesty International supporters worldwide today join the 16 Days against Gender Violence campaign to challenge violence and discrimination against women and girls, including the denial of sexual and reproductive rights. 

Allegations that the UK government sanctioned the use of torture and ill-treatment in Northern Ireland in the 1970s should be re-examined by the European Court of Human Rights and subject to a new independent investigation.

The international community’s failure to deal with the growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing into Turkey has led to a crisis of unprecedented proportions with refugees facing push-backs and live fire at the border and hundreds of thousands living in destitution, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. 

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Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja’s travel ban has been lifted, and she left Bahrain on 2 October. 

European Commission’s action against Czech Republic for discrimination in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma.

The abandoning of a draconian anti-abortion bill that threatened the health, dignity and lives of women and girls in Spain is a step in a positive direction.

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The Istanbul Convention came into force on 1 August 2014. The entry of force of the Istanbul Convention marked an important step in achieving the aspiration of a Europe free of violence against women.

Egypt’s new president has pledged to stop violence against women. So why are the authorities harassing the women human rights heroes protesting against repression?

On 18 November the Dominican Parliament adopted a comprehensive reform of the Criminal Code which maintains full criminalization of abortion. It is now with the President of the Republic to enact into law. If enacted, it would violate the rights of women and girls.