News Releases

NI/Ireland: Amnesty calls for movement on Mother and Baby Homes inquiries on both sides of the border

15 December 2014

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nichola Mallon, and Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Máire Hendron, will lay flowers at unmarked mass graves at Milltown Cemetery to remember the city's ‘forgotten babies’ and other poor and marginalised people buried there, today.

Egypt must release Irish Prisoner of Conscience Ibrahim Halawa

13 December 2014

Amnesty International Ireland joined with members of the Halawa family and local representatives today outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to protest at the continued detention of Ibrahim Halawa. 

Israel/OPT: Death of Palestinian minister highlights excessive force by Israeli army

10 December 2014

The death of a Palestinian minister during a protest against land confiscations in the West Bank may have resulted from arbitrary and abusive force by Israeli forces against demonstrators, said Amnesty International. 

30 years of torture convention - states still failing on obligations

10 December 2014

On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture, Amnesty International is calling upon states not to obstruct efforts to prevent the appalling practice and to uphold their commitments under international law to bring it to an end. 

USA: Senate summary report on CIA detention programme must not be end of story

A Senate committee report summary detailing torture methods used as part of a secret US detention and interrogation programme is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity for the many appalling human rights violations perpetrated in the name of “national security”, said Amnesty International today. 

Amnesty joins survivors’ call for repeal of legal waiver and extension of deadline in Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme

09 December 2014

Today, at a joint press conference with Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), Amnesty International Ireland reiterated its call on the Government to repeal the legal waiver women must sign before they accept any payment, and extend the deadline for applying for these awards if it is amended.

Israel's destruction of multi-storey buildings: extensive, wanton and unjustified

09 December 2014

Air strikes on landmark buildings at the tail end of the Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in August 2014 were a deliberate and direct attack on civilian buildings and amount to war crimes, says Amnesty International today. 

Humanitarian and human rights agencies urge governments to resettle 5 per cent refugees from Syria by end 2015

08 December 2014

Over 30 international organisations are calling on governments meeting in Geneva tomorrow to commit to offering sanctuary to at least five per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria currently in neighbouring countries - 180,000 people - by the end of 2015. 

Ireland: 25 Years of Unprotected Rights

08 December 2014

Marking the 25 year anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the International Covenant of Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), Irish social justice and human rights NGOs have called on the Government to accept the Constitutional Convention’s recommendation to protect these rights in the Constitution.

More deaths in the Mediterranean Sea highlight need for EU-wide search and rescue plan

05 December 2014

European Union member states must urgently step up efforts to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach their countries by sea after it was revealed this morning that 16 bodies were found on board a rubber dinghy rescued off the coast of Libya yesterday, said Amnesty International.