News Releases

Morocco: Activists jailed for reporting torture must be released immediately

Two activists recently imprisoned after they reported they had been abducted and tortured must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said. 

Humanitarian efforts failing the hundreds of thousands forced to flee ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq

12 August 2014

The international community must urgently mount a concerted humanitarian response to assist hundreds of thousands of people across northern Iraq fleeing ethnic cleansing by the forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS or IS), Amnesty International said today. 

EGYPT: Mass trial of hundreds of Morsi supporters is a 'pantomime' – Irish teenager and Prisoner of Conscience Ibrahim Halawa must be released

12 August 2014

As news breaks that three judges have recused themselves from a mass court case in Egypt, Amnesty International remains concerned that show trials followed by mass death sentences are becoming a grim trade mark of Egyptian justice. 

Mass exodus from Iraqi towns and cities as ISIS advance prompts panic

7 August 2014

Panic has taken hold in north-western Iraq as tens of thousands of people flee areas where Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants are continuing their advance, Amnesty International said. 

Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army

7 August 2014

An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defence Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead, said Amnesty International as it released disturbing testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area.

Libya: Indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas in Tripoli and Benghazi amounts to war crimes

6 August 2014

Amnesty International is calling for all sides to immediately stop the indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas in Tripoli and Benghazi where clashes in recent weeks have evolved into two separate armed conflicts.Such indiscriminate attacks that result in death or injury to civilians amount to war crimes. 

The US must stop fuelling human rights violations and war crimes in Gaza

6 August 2014

Amnesty International is calling on the US Government to immediately halt the transfer of arms and fuel to Israel for use by the Israeli military. The organisation has repeatedly called for a comprehensive arms embargo on all parties to the conflict, amidst mounting evidence that war crimes are being committed by both sides in the past four weeks in Gaza and Israel.

Stop US shipment of fuel to Israel's armed forces as evidence of Gaza war crimes mounts

4 August 2014

Amnesty International is appealing to the US government to immediately halt the transfer of a US fuel shipment currently on its way to Israel for use by the Israeli military. The organization has repeatedly called for a comprehensive arms embargo on all parties to the conflict, amidst mounting evidence that war crimes are being committed by both sides in the past four weeks in Gaza.

Russia: Whistle-blower Edward Snowden trapped without legal protection

1 August 2014

Reports that Edward Snowden has been living in Russia with precarious “temporary leave to remain” rather than under any formal asylum protection is further evidence he must be allowed to travel to and seek asylum in the country of his choice, said Amnesty International today.

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: International Criminal Court key to breaking cycle of injustice for war crimes

1 August 2014

The UN Security Council, the Palestinian Authority and Israel must do everything within their power to enable the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice those responsible for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the current and past Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, said Amnesty International.