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Ireland Makes History and says Yes to Marriage Equality

First Country in the world to introduce full marriage equality following a popular vote

Today Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce full civil marriage equality for all its people, regardless of their sexual orientation, by way of a universal ballot. In the historic ballot the Irish electorate voted by 62.1% to 37.9% to endorse an amendment to the Irish Constitution asserting that “‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

A chance to make history - for us all

Date: 
Thu, 05/21/2015 (All day)

Let’s Make History – Amnesty International urges YES vote in civil marriage equality referendum

In less than 24 hours, Ireland will go to the polls in a referendum that is truly historic, the first time any nation has asked its people to vote ‘Yes’ and end discrimination against LGBTI people in its civil marriage laws. If passed, Ireland will become the first country anywhere in the world to guarantee its people the equal constitutional right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation, following a popular vote.

Morocco: Endemic torture used to incriminate suspects, gag dissent

Date: 
Tue, 05/19/2015 (All day)

Beatings, stress positions, asphyxiation, simulated drowning, psychological and sexual violence are among an array of torture techniques used by Moroccan security forces to extract “confessions” to crimes or silence activists and crush dissent, according to a new Amnesty International report published today.

Human Rights Act: Amnesty Warns Repeal Moves Could Undermine Peace In Northern Ireland

14-05-15

AMNESTY LETTERS TO UK AND IRELAND PRIME MINISTERS WARN OF 'SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR PEACE SETTLEMENT'

 

The heads of Amnesty International in the UK and Ireland have written to the British and Irish Prime Ministers highlighting “deep concern” that moves to repeal the UK Human Rights Act 1998 could undermine peace in Northern Ireland.

 

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab jail sentence shows authorities will not tolerate peaceful critics

14-05-15

The appeal verdict against Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab confirming his sentence of six months in jail for insulting government institutions on Twitter, demonstrates the Bahraini authorities’ complete disregard for the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty International today.

 

EC migration agenda represents welcome shift and must not be undermined by member states

13-05-15

New proposals by the European Commission (EC) on asylum and resettlement represent a welcome shift in approach towards the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean which could result in small but important steps forward in tackling the global refugee crisis, said Amnesty International as the EC unveiled its Agenda on Migration today.

Libya: Horrific abuse driving migrants to risk lives in Mediterranean crossings

Refugees and migrants across Libya face rape, torture and abductions for ransom by traffickers and smugglers, as well as systematic exploitation by their employers, religious persecution and other abuses by armed groups and criminal gangs, according to a new Amnesty International briefing published today.

Amnesty welcomes Bill proposing repeal of the 8th amendment

Amnesty International Ireland has welcomed today’s introduction of a Private Member's Bill by TD Ruth Coppinger calling for a referendum to repeal Article 40.3.3 (the 8th amendment) of the Constitution, which confers an right to life on ‘the unborn’ equal with that of a pregnant woman or girl. Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, said: “This Bill provides a welcome opportunity for a fresh political debate on this important and urgent women’s rights issue.

Family in No poster Says YES to Marriage Equality

07-05-15

The mother and father whose family has been used in a poster for the ‘No’ side of the upcoming referendum on marriage equality have asked Amnesty International Ireland to release the following statement on their behalf. 

Saudi Arabia: 100 days into King Salman’s rule no sign of progress on human rights

3 May 2015

 

100 days after King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud came to power in Saudi Arabia prospects for human rights progress in the Kingdom remain grim, said Amnesty International, as widespread violations continue unabated.