News Releases

Waiting for freedom in Egypt

27 February 2015

On 8 February an Irish teenager who had spent 550 days in an Egyptian prison learned that his trial in Cairo had been postponed yet again. He was awaiting a mass trial with 493 others on charges that range from murder to attempted murder to preventing people from praying in a mosque. Charges that could lead to his being sentenced to death.

War in Syria: Is the UN Security Council a mere talk shop?

20 February 2015

News that Syria is prepared to halt aerial bombardments of Aleppo for six weeks has brought an unusual glimpse of hope to the millions of Syrians who have been caught up in a relentless war that has brought despicable suffering and loss. 

Iran: Death row juvenile offender at risk of secret execution

19 February 2015

Iranian officials’ refusal to provide the family of Saman Naseem, a death row juvenile offender who was due to be executed this morning, with information about his fate and whereabouts has sparked fears that he is at risk of being tortured or secretly executed, said Amnesty International. 

European Commission’s announcement on migration: Right words, but no solutions

19 February 2015

Today’s announcement by the European Commission on managing the migration crisis in the Mediterranean contains the right analysis of the overall situation, but offers no concrete solutions to protecting and saving lives, said Amnesty International. 

Sierra Leone: Maternal health in a time of Ebola

19 February 2015

Ebola has affected every area of life in Sierra Leone, and made it even more challenging for pregnant women to get the care they desperately need.

Indonesia: Halt imminent executions of 11 people

19 February 2015

The Indonesian Government must halt the imminent execution of 11 people and scrap plans to put even more people to death this year, Amnesty International said in an open letter to President Joko Widodo. 

Debate on Gender Recognition Concludes in Seanad Éireann

18 February 2015

Yesterday (Tuesday 17th February), the Report and Final Stage debates on the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 concluded in Seanad Eireann. 

Ukraine: Fears of detainee abuse as armed groups close in on Debaltseve

18 February 2015

Debaltseve’s possible capture by pro-Russian separatists must not result in widespread detainee abuse, Amnesty International urged amid reports that the Ukrainian military had partly lost control of the key railway hub town in eastern Ukraine. 

Ukraine: One year after EuroMaydan protests, justice denied for victims of violence

18 February 2015

A deeply imbedded culture of impunity, lack of expertise and in some cases, deliberate obstruction, are denying justice to the hundreds of victims of police abuses during the EuroMaydan protests in Ukraine, says Amnesty International in a new briefing on the first anniversary of the protest. 

Iran: Juvenile offender set to be hanged on Thursday brutally beaten to confess

17 February 2015

On 15 February, Saman Naseem, a young Iranian man set to be executed on Thursday, was once again brutally beaten up by men believed to be intelligence officials in a bid to make him “confess” again in front of a camera, which he refused to do, Amnesty International said.