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Hundreds feared dead in latest Mediterranean tragedy

The latest capsizing of a boat carrying refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean – with hundreds of people feared dead – is a man-made tragedy that could well have been avoided, Amnesty International said.

A boat able to carry hundreds of refugees and migrants – according to the Italian coast guard - capsized this morning off the Libyan coast. The boat had sent a request for help to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Rome, which requested a Portuguese merchant vessel to attend the call.

Death penalty 2014: Alarming rise in death sentences as governments resorted to capital punishment to combat crime and terrorism

An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security linked to terrorism, crime or internal instability in 2014, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

Mexico: Torture victim released after two decades behind bars

A Mexican Supreme Court judgement ordering the immediate release of a man jailed more than two decades ago on the basis of a confession extracted under torture is an important victory for justice, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International launches YES campaign for marriage equality

“Love does not discriminate, and neither should our laws,” Colm O’Gorman 


Today in Dublin, Amnesty International activists and supporters assembled at a 3,500 strong rally to launch its campaign for a YES vote in the upcoming referendum on civil marriage equality. 



8 March 2015

Amnesty International Ireland has welcomed the Sinn Féin party’s new support for legal access to abortion services in cases of pregnancies with fatal foetal abnormalities.

‘Hands off our bodies’: New manifesto calls on states to end attempts to control women’s lives

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 00:15

Amnesty International has launched a new manifesto demanding that governments around the world end their attempts to control and criminalize women’s and girls’ sexuality and choices.

Amnesty and Mental Health Reform welcome publication of report on Mental Health Act and urge action on complaints and treatment to those who are ‘unwilling’

Amnesty International Ireland and Mental Health Reform, the national coalition on mental health, have together (05/03/2015) welcomed the publication by Minister for Primary and Social Care, Kathleen Lynch TD, of the Report of the Expert Group on the Review of the Mental Health Act 2001.

Latest Mediterranean tragedy exposes EU’s failure on rescue operations

The deaths of at least 10 more refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean expose how European governments are still failing to provide adequate resources for a coordinated search-and-rescue operation that would save countless lives, Amnesty International said today.

Global response to atrocities by states and armed groups ‘shameful and ineffective’

25 February 2015

Amnesty International today forecast that more civilians would be at risk of abuses by states and armed groups in 2015 unless effective action is taken at a global level.

Amnesty International calls on the Government to protect economic, social and cultural rights

23 February 2015

Amnesty International has today called on the Irish Government to accept the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution and protect economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights.