News Releases

SOS Europe: Calling Syria to check my family is alive

20 March 2014


Activists across Europe are protesting today against how people fleeing war and poverty are being treated at the EU border. One protester, Inaam, is a Syrian refugee living in Greece. She worries about her relatives still living in Syria. But she is also afraid of what might happen to them if they make it to the gate of ‘Fortress Europe’.

Ukraine: Nationalist MP launches brutal attack against TV executive

19 March 2014


A violent attack by a nationalist member of parliament against the head of one of Ukraine’s leading TV channels yesterday must be urgently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice, said Amnesty International. 

Cyprus: Abusive detention of migrants and asylum seekers flouts EU law

18 March 2014


Cypriot immigration authorities routinely detain hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers in prison-like conditions for extended periods while awaiting deportation, said Amnesty International.

Syria: Yarmouk under siege - a horror story of war crimes, starvation and death

10 March 2014


A new report by Amnesty International reveals that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been carried out on Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus, which is under brutal siege by Syrian government forces. 

Crimea: Human rights monitors urgently needed as journalists and activists face wave of attacks

7 March 2014


With journalists, activists and peaceful protestors facing increasing harassment and intimidation in Crimea, there is an urgent need for a strong international monitoring mission in Ukraine, said Amnesty International. 

Russia: Violent attack on former Pussy Riot members must not be tolerated

06 March 2014

The Russian authorities must promptly launch an independent and impartial investigation into an apparently unprovoked and premeditated attack in Nizhny Novgorod this morning on human rights activists, including former Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, Amnesty International said. 

Northern Ireland: “On the Runs” Scheme Must Not Perpetuate Impunity

28 February 2014


The UK government scheme to issue written assurances to 'on the runs' in Northern Ireland must not perpetuate impunity, Amnesty International said today

Ukraine must prosecute the perpetrators of demonstration deaths

26 February 2014

All those responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people killed during the anti-government protests in Ukraine must be brought to justice, said Amnesty International today. 

Uganda: President Museveni Signs Anti-Homosexuality Bill

24 February 2014


Ugandan President Museveni has just signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. It is a draconian and damaging piece of legislation, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty welcomes the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to strengthen ESC rights

23 February 2014

In its final meeting this weekend the Constitutional Convention considered whether Bunreacht na hÉireann should be amended to better protect fundamental human rights like health, social security and housing.