News Releases

Arms Embargo only way to end bloodshed

14 July 2014


A serious and bloody saga has been playing out before our eyes in the Middle East in recent days.  

Israel/Gaza: UN must impose arms embargo and mandate an international investigation as civilian death toll rises

11 July 2014

Amnesty International is calling for a UN-mandated international investigation into violations committed on all sides amidst ongoing Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip and continuing volleys of indiscriminate rocket fire from Palestinian armed groups into Israel. 

UK rushes through invasive surveillance laws as intelligence agencies go on trial

11 July 2014

Amnesty International and Privacy International have accused the UK government of trying to rush through legislation in an attempt to deflect from a landmark hearing starting Monday, challenging the validity of UK spy agencies’ justification for mass surveillance of British citizens’ social media use.

Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture

11 July 2014

Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months.

Italy: Many children among dozens left homeless by forced eviction in Rome

9 July 2014

The forced eviction of some 40 people – half of them young children, including several babies – from a Roma settlement in a Rome suburb this morning is a blatant violation of international human rights law and standards that has left numerous families homeless, Amnesty International said.

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.