News Releases

EU migration policies put lives and rights at risk

9 July 2014


In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

Israel/Gaza: All sides must protect civilians as conflict escalates

8 July 2014


Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, including the military wing of Hamas, to ensure that civilian lives are protected as the conflict between the two sides escalates.

Ukraine Pride cancelled after police fail to guarantee protection

4 July

The failure of the Ukrainian authorities to guarantee protection for those taking part in the planned Pride march on 5 July sends all the wrong signals, said Amnesty International.

Egypt: Rampant torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions signal catastrophic decline in human rights one year after ousting of Morsi

3 July 2014


A surge in arbitrary arrests, detentions and harrowing incidents of torture and deaths in police custody recorded by Amnesty International provide strong evidence of the sharp deterioration in human rights in Egypt in the year since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted.

Amnesty calls for action on Ombudsman’s report on Roma children wrongly taken into care

Amnesty International Ireland today welcomed the Government’s publication of the report of the independent Special Inquiry by the Ombudsman for Children into the removal of two Roma children from their families in October 2013 based on unfounded concerns regarding their identity. It further welcomed the public apology to the two families by the Taoiseach and Minister for Justice and Equality.

European Court ruling on full-face veils punishes women for expressing their beliefs

1 July 2014

Today’s European Court of Human Rights judgment upholding a general ban on wearing full-face veils in public is deeply damaging, warned Amnesty International. It represents a profound retreat for the right to freedom of expression and religion and sends a message that women are not free to express their religious beliefs in public. 

Families ripped apart as Palestinian refugees from Syria denied entry to Lebanon

01 July 2014

Palestinian refugees from Syria - including pregnant women, children and women with infants – have been denied entry into Lebanon due to tightened border restrictions, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. 

Pride in the Name of Love

30 June 2014


It is 30 years since I came out. I was 18. It was 1984 and Ireland was a very different country. Being gay meant I was a criminal.

Dublin LGBT Pride – Freedom not available everywhere

28 June 2014


Members of Amnesty International Ireland will join thousands of Irish people on the streets of the capital today, (Saturday 28 June) for the Annual Dublin Pride parade. 

Five torture myths debunked


On International Day in Support of Vicitims of Torture 2014, we debunk some common myths about torture.