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EU-Turkey deal: Greek decision highlights fundamental flaws

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Mon, 05/23/2016 (All day)

A Syrian national who arrived on the Greek island of Lesvos has won an appeal against a decision that would have led to his forcible return to Turkey, underscoring the fundamental flaws in the migration deal agreed in March between the European Union and Turkey, Amnesty International said today.

Eva Schloss calls on Irish government to do more to protect refugees

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Sun, 05/22/2016 (All day)

Humanitarian and step-sister of Anne Frank addresses Amnesty International conference in Dublin

Ireland’s inhumane abortion law strongly criticised at UN Human Rights Council

Ireland must take heed of the recommendations made as part of its Universal Periodic Review today, particularly in relation to our harsh abortion laws, said Amnesty International. Eighteen states made recommendations calling on Ireland to expand access to abortion, decriminalise abortion, provide women and girls with full information on abortion services, and amend its Constitution to allow for such reforms. This compares with six recommendations on abortion in its first review in 2011.

Ibrahim Halawa spends 1000th day in unlawful pre-trial detention in Egyptian prison

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Fri, 05/13/2016 (All day)

Amnesty International meets Egyptian Ambassador to reiterate call for his immediate & unconditional release 

Amnesty International calls on incoming government to prioritise human rights in foreign and domestic policy

Amnesty International calls on incoming government to prioritise human rights in foreign and domestic policy

•             Cautious welcome for commitment to hold Citizens’ Assembly on Eighth Amendment

•             Concern regarding protection of economic, social and cultural rights

UN states scrutinise Ireland’s human rights record, resounding call for reform of abortion laws

Amnesty International Ireland today welcomed the commitment from Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, that Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws will be reviewed, that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will finally be ratified this year, and that a referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution will be held. The Tánaiste was speaking at Ireland’s Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this afternoon.

EU: Council must end commercial advertising of brutal tools of torture in Europe

The European Union (EU) must immediately crack down on the unhindered commercial advertisement within its member states of security equipment potentially used to inflict cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment on people, said Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation in a new report published today.

UN proposes ‘Global Compact’ to tackle refugee crisis

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Mon, 05/09/2016 (All day)

An upcoming UN plan for addressing the unprecedented global refugee crisis could be a game-changer if governments back it up with concrete and long-term commitments, said Amnesty International today.

Amnesty International tentatively welcomes inclusion of Citizens’ Assembly on Eighth Amendment in Programme for Partnership

 

Amnesty International tentatively welcomes inclusion of Citizens’ Assembly on Eighth Amendment in Programme for Partnership

DUBLIN, 5th May 2016 - Amnesty International Ireland today welcomed reports that the draft “Programme for Partnership” document agreed between Fine Gael and Independents, if forming a minority government, includes a commitment to establishing a Citizens’ Assembly on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.