Good News

Philippines: Senate opens inquiry into Amnesty International torture findings

04 December 2014

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 commends Government’s decision on ‘Hooded Men’ case

02 December 2014

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.

Authorities commit to ensuring Brishna’s safety

Following the conviction of Brishna’s rapist on 25 October, the Afghan authorities have now committed to ensuring her protection. The 10-year-old girl from Kunduz province is receiving medical and psychological attention. Brishna was raped in May 2014 by a local mullah. While in the hospital, she received death threats to be killed.

Maryam Al-Khawaja, human rights activist was able to leave Bahrain

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 against in schools is a victory for rights, justice, and Roma

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

Spain's Prime Minister has scuppered a retrogressive anti-abortion bill

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.

Sudan: Woman condemned to death released after international pressure

23 June 2014

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. 

Bahrain: A message of thanks from newly released prisoner of conscience, Nabeel Rajab

10 June 2014

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.

Mozambique takes a step in the right direction and prohibits rape within marriage

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).

USA: A step in the rights direction

4 April 2014


Senate committee vote to declassify summary of CIA detention report – a welcome move, but much more needed