News Releases

Turkey: Border abuses and destitution aggravating plight of Syrian refugees

20 November 2014

The international community’s failure to deal with the growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing into Turkey has led to a crisis of unprecedented proportions with refugees facing push-backs and live fire at the border and hundreds of thousands living in destitution, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. 

New tool for spy victims to detect government surveillance

20 November 2014

A new tool to enable journalists and human rights defenders to scan their computers for known surveillance spyware has been released today by Amnesty International and a coalition of human rights and technology organisations. 

Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests and torture

19 November 2014

The arrest, detention and torture of eight people since the beginning of the month as part of a crackdown on “homosexuality” by the Gambian authorities reveals the shocking scale of state-sponsored homophobia, Amnesty International said. 

Israel/OPT: Killing of worshippers at synagogue an ‘abhorrent attack’

18 November 2014

Armed men who attacked worshippers at a synagogue in West Jerusalem killing four Israelis and injuring eight this morning have displayed an utter contempt for fundamental principles of humanity, said Amnesty International.  

G20 leaders must announce and deliver on concrete actions to stop Ebola

15 November 2014

Leaders of the G20 states gathering this week-end in Australia must act immediately to ensure all the personnel, equipment and funding required to halt the Ebola outbreak are made available without any discrimination, a number of leading international non-governmental organisations said today. 

Scores of Syrian and Palestinian refugees at imminent risk of deportation from Egypt

14 November 2014

The Egyptian authorities must immediately release and refrain from deporting at least 66 refugees from Syria and Gaza, including a number of children, who are unlawfully detained in the country, said Amnesty International.

Racism, segregation, and rejection: The reality for Romani children in the Czech Republic

14 November 2014

My colleagues recently told me about a young girl Jana* whom they had met. She told them of how she had been called ‘black mouth’, been told she ‘looked disgusting’, and had had her shoes hidden by her class-mates, leaving her barefoot in the snow. 

USA recognises that the Convention Against Torture applies at Guantánamo

12 November 2014

Today the US government finally acknowledged that the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT) applies at its Guantánamo Bay detention facility. 

USA should use UN hearing to address ‘shocking accountability gap’ on torture

12 November 2014

The USA should use its appearance before the UN Committee against Torture to commit itself to justice for the grave human rights violations—including torture and enforced disappearances—committed by US personnel in recent years, said Amnesty International. 

Qatar: Steps to end migrants’ exploitation ahead of World Cup ‘woefully insufficient’

12 November 2014

Qatar’s authorities are lagging severely behind on efforts to address the rampant abuse of migrant workers’ rights, Amnesty International said in a briefing published six months after the government announced a series of reforms to tackle exploitation ahead of the 2022 World Cup.