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First Country in the world to introduce full marriage equality following a popular vote

Today Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce full civil marriage equality for all its people, regardless of their sexual orientation, by way of a universal ballot. In the historic ballot the Irish electorate voted by 62.1% to 37.9% to endorse an amendment to the Irish Constitution asserting that “‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

Let’s Make History – Amnesty International urges YES vote in civil marriage equality referendum

In less than 24 hours, Ireland will go to the polls in a referendum that is truly historic, the first time any nation has asked its people to vote ‘Yes’ and end discrimination against LGBTI people in its civil marriage laws. If passed, Ireland will become the first country anywhere in the world to guarantee its people the equal constitutional right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation, following a popular vote.

Beatings, stress positions, asphyxiation, simulated drowning, psychological and sexual violence are among an array of torture techniques used by Moroccan security forces to extract “confessions” to crimes or silence activists and crush dissent, according to a new Amnesty International report published today.

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7 May 2015 marked one year since Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes. He had since received 50 lashes in public on 9 January 2015.

Raif has so far been spared further flogging, initially on medical grounds and later for unknown reasons, however he remains behind bars with no clear movement in his case.

This International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015, we look back 20 years to a historic UN meeting in Beijing that saw world leaders make bold commitments to women’s rights. Stella Jegher, Chair of the Amnesty International Women’s Human Rights Network, sheds light on how Amnesty made a difference to the debate then – and continues to do so now.

When: Thursday at 6.00pm

Where: Outside Saudi Arabian Embassy, 6 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2, Ireland 

 

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In the past six years, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S detention centre at Guantánamo Bay. The men detained in the prison camp are routinely held in solitary confinement, condemned without a fair trail, many of them tortured.