News Releases

USA: Another ‘botched’ execution, abolition the only solution

24 July 2014

 

The prolonged execution of a prisoner in Arizona yesterday represents another wake-up call for authorities in the USA to abolish the death penalty, said Amnesty International.

Ireland must amend abortion laws after sharp UN criticism

24 July 2014

 

The Irish authorities must take urgent action to bring its flawed abortion laws in line with its international human rights obligations, Amnesty International said following the UN Human Rights Committee’s strongly worded criticism of the country's stance on abortion.

Landmark rulings expose Poland’s role in CIA secret detention and torture

24 July 2014

 

Poland is the first European Union member state to be found complicit in the USA’s rendition, secret detention, and torture of alleged terrorism suspects, Amnesty International said as it applauded two landmark human rights judgments handed down today.

Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations

21 July 2014

 

The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling of a hospital, add to the list of possible war crimes that demand an urgent independent international investigation, said Amnesty International. 

Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes

21 July 2014

 

Amnesty International called on delegates to the CAR National Reconciliation talks due to take place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on 21-23 July to ensure that their discussions do not lead to impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations that have been committed in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Ukraine: Tragic loss of life must be impartially investigated

18 July 2014

The death of nearly 300 people on board a Malaysian Airlines civilian passenger jet, which came down yesterday in an area of intense conflict in eastern Ukraine, must be immediately, impartially and effectively investigated, said Amnesty International. 

Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault

18 July 2014

 

Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip, which began last night after 10 days of attacks by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups, accentuates the need for urgent international action to protect civilians in Gaza and Israel from further war crimes by both sides, Amnesty International said today. 

Iran: Youth at risk of hanging amid disturbing rise in juvenile executions

15 July 2014

 

The Iranian authorities must halt the execution of a young man who was still a child at the time of his alleged crime, and reverse a disturbing rise in the execution of juvenile offenders which has resulted in at least eight individuals being put to death in the first half of 2014, for crimes allegedly committed when they were below the age of 18, Amnesty International urged today. 

Arms Embargo only way to end bloodshed

14 July 2014

 

A serious and bloody saga has been playing out before our eyes in the Middle East in recent days.  

Israel/Gaza: UN must impose arms embargo and mandate an international investigation as civilian death toll rises

11 July 2014

Amnesty International is calling for a UN-mandated international investigation into violations committed on all sides amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip and continuing volleys of indiscriminate rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups into Israel.