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Paraguay: Raped 10-year-old must be allowed an abortion

29 April 2015


Failure by the Paraguayan authorities to provide a safe abortion to a 10-year-old rape survivor could have devastating consequences on her health and will heap injustice on tragedy, said Amnesty International today. 

Indonesia: “Reprehensible” executions show complete disregard for human rights safeguards


The execution of eight people in Indonesia today shows complete disregard for due process and human rights safeguards, Amnesty International said. The organization also called for any plans to carry out further executions to be scrapped.

Pakistan: One hundred people sent to the gallows since death penalty moratorium lifted


Pakistan has today reached a “shameful milestone” with the 100th execution since a moratorium on executions was lifted in December 2014, said Amnesty International. The country is gaining a reputation as one of the leading executioners in the world.

Trial of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa in Cairo further adjourned - Bail refused

Responding to the news of a further adjournment of the trial in Cairo of Ibrahim Halawa, Amnesty International today expressed its concern at the ongoing detention of the Irish teenager who is a Prisoner of Conscience. Following a hearing in Cairo the trial was further adjourned today until 3 June. An application for bail was also refused. Ibrahim Halawa and his three sisters were arrested on 18 August 2013 for taking part in a pro-democracy protest in Cairo. His sisters were released on bail after three months and allowed to return to Ireland.

Europe needs to act collectively and urgently to save lives at sea

Amnesty International publishes ‘Blueprint for Action’ to end refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean

On the eve of an emergency summit in Brussels, Amnesty International today published a Blueprint for Action calling on European governments to take immediate and effective steps to end the ongoing crisis that has seen thousands die in the Mediterranean.

Hundreds feared dead in latest Mediterranean tragedy

The latest capsizing of a boat carrying refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean – with hundreds of people feared dead – is a man-made tragedy that could well have been avoided, Amnesty International said.

A boat able to carry hundreds of refugees and migrants – according to the Italian coast guard - capsized this morning off the Libyan coast. The boat had sent a request for help to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Rome, which requested a Portuguese merchant vessel to attend the call.

Death penalty 2014: Alarming rise in death sentences as governments resorted to capital punishment to combat crime and terrorism

An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security linked to terrorism, crime or internal instability in 2014, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.

Mexico: Torture victim released after two decades behind bars

A Mexican Supreme Court judgement ordering the immediate release of a man jailed more than two decades ago on the basis of a confession extracted under torture is an important victory for justice, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty International launches YES campaign for marriage equality

“Love does not discriminate, and neither should our laws,” Colm O’Gorman 


Today in Dublin, Amnesty International activists and supporters assembled at a 3,500 strong rally to launch its campaign for a YES vote in the upcoming referendum on civil marriage equality. 



8 March 2015

Amnesty International Ireland has welcomed the Sinn Féin party’s new support for legal access to abortion services in cases of pregnancies with fatal foetal abnormalities.