News Releases

Nigeria: Nigerian authorities were warned of Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno

28 January 2015

New evidence shows that the Nigerian military were repeatedly warned of impending Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno which claimed hundreds of lives, and failed to take adequate action to protect civilians, said Amnesty International. 

Saudi Arabia: The question on everybody’s mind  

27 January 2015

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has, once again, focused international attention on the oil-rich Middle Eastern country’s human rights record.  

A moment of euphoria in a long battle for women and girl’s rights in El Salvador

23 January 2015

This morning I woke up to the news that “Guadalupe”, a young woman unjustly imprisoned in El Salvador after having a miscarriage, had been pardoned. 

France: Newly announced “anti-terror measures” put human rights at risk

23 January 2015

On 21 January 2015, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls publicly announced the adoption of new measures to combat terrorism.

El Salvador: Pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage, a triumph of justice

23 January 2015

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges, said Amnesty International. 

Amnesty International and NUJ protest demands that Saudi Arabia put an end to flogging and free Raif Badawi

22 January 2015

This evening members of Amnesty International Ireland and the National Union of Journalists gathered outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Dublin to call for the release of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and stand in solidarity with all those imprisoned or punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Ireland: Trans Voices Must Be Heard as Gender Recognition Bill 2014 Debated in Seanad

21 January 2015

Today, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was debated in Seanad Eireann. 

Ireland: Amnesty International welcomes Marriage Equality Referendum wording

21 January 2015

Amnesty International welcomed the publishing by the Government of the wording of the Marriage Equality Referendum today. 

Macedonia: Same-sex marriage ban will entrench discrimination

The Macedonian Parliament’s approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will further entrench discrimination in the country, Amnesty International said. 

Egypt: Token reforms fail to end scourge of pervasive violence against women

21 January 2015

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International.