News Releases

France: Newly announced “anti-terror measures” put human rights at risk

23 January 2015

On 21 January 2015, the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls publicly announced the adoption of new measures to combat terrorism.

El Salvador: Pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage, a triumph of justice

23 January 2015

A pardon granted by El Salvador’s Parliamentary Assembly to a young woman imprisoned after suffering a miscarriage is a triumph of justice and gives hope to the other 15 women languishing in jail on similar charges, said Amnesty International. 

Amnesty International and NUJ protest demands that Saudi Arabia put an end to flogging and free Raif Badawi

22 January 2015

This evening members of Amnesty International Ireland and the National Union of Journalists gathered outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Dublin to call for the release of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi and stand in solidarity with all those imprisoned or punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Ireland: Trans Voices Must Be Heard as Gender Recognition Bill 2014 Debated in Seanad

21 January 2015

Today, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was debated in Seanad Eireann. 

Ireland: Amnesty International welcomes Marriage Equality Referendum wording

21 January 2015

Amnesty International welcomed the publishing by the Government of the wording of the Marriage Equality Referendum today. 

Macedonia: Same-sex marriage ban will entrench discrimination

The Macedonian Parliament’s approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will further entrench discrimination in the country, Amnesty International said. 

Egypt: Token reforms fail to end scourge of pervasive violence against women

21 January 2015

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International. 

Free Raif Badawi and Stop Flogging

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:00

When: Thursday at 6.00pm

Where: Outside Saudi Arabian Embassy, 6 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2, Ireland 


Bahrain: Six month sentence for Nabeel Rajab blow to freedom of expression

20 January 2015

The Bahraini authorities must quash the conviction of prominent human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, who has today been sentenced to six months in prison for posting comments online which were considered insulting to the Ministries of Interior and Defence, Amnesty International said. 

Europe: Complicit governments must act in wake of US Senate torture report

20 January 2015

European governments that cooperated with the CIA’s secret detention, interrogation, and torture operations as part of the USA’s global “war on terror” must act urgently to bring those responsible to justice following a US Senate report containing new details said Amnesty International in a new briefing paper today.