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Amnesty urges UN probe of 'systematic' Philippine drug war killings

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's narcotics crackdown has become a "systematic" campaign of killing, Amnesty International alleged on Monday, urging the United Nations to launch a probe into thousands of deaths.

Amnesty, HRW warn UN against Sudan pullout

Nicosia - Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have warned UN peacekeepers against withdrawing from Sudan at a time when the Janjaweed militia is not only keeping up war crimes in Darfur but also taking its "despicable brutality" to Khartoum.

Nicaragua approves amnesty for police, political prisoners

Managua - Nicaragua's parliament on Saturday approved a law granting amnesty to protesters and police involved in last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Amnesty to cull managers after probe into 'toxic' workplace

London - Amnesty International said on Tuesday most of its top leaders would leave the rights group this year after an external audit, prompted by two staff suicides, found a "toxic" working culture.

Amnesty condemns Yemen rebels' detention of journalists

Dubai - Amnesty International on Wednesday condemned the prolonged detention of 10 journalists by Huthi rebels in Yemen, saying it reflected "the dire state of media freedom" in the war-torn country.

Amnesty says Hong Kong office hit by China-linked cyber attack

Fpo - Amnesty International's Hong Kong office has been hit by a years-long cyberattack from hackers with known links to the Chinese government, the rights group said Thursday.

Amnesty calls for probe against Sudan's former top spy

Beirut - Sudan's new authorities must investigate the role of the country's former spy chief in killings of demonstrators during months-long protests that preceded the fall of president Omar-al-Bashir, Amnesty International said.

Global executions at lowest level in a decade: Amnesty

London - Executions fell worldwide by nearly a third last year to their lowest levels in at least a decade, but several countries recorded a rise, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely': Amnesty

Fpo - Hong Kong's human rights have "deteriorated severely" over the past year, with free speech under attack, Amnesty International said Tuesday, the latest report to criticise the city's government for restricting liberties.

Rights groups urge UN to probe China crackdown in Xinjiang

Geneva - Rights groups urged the United Nations Monday to send investigators to China's northwestern Xinjiang province to probe the mass detainment of ethnic Uighur and other Muslim minorities.

Women activists stand up despite abuses in MENA: Amnesty

Dubai - Women rights defenders have stood up for change across the Middle East and North Africa in 2018 despite a plethora of abuse from governments and armed groups, Amnesty International said Monday.

Nicaragua fights protests with 'shoot to kill' policy: Amnesty

Paris - Nicaragua resorted to a "shoot to kill" strategy to repress recent anti-government protests, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released in Paris Thursday.

Nigeria must stop unlawful arrests, detentions: Amnesty

Lagos - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Nigeria's government of carrying out unlawful arrests and practising "enforced disappearance" -- detention without trial -- to suppress dissent.

Amnesty says Turkey chair to be released from Izmir jail

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday ordered the release of Amnesty International's Turkey chair who has spent more than a year in jail over alleged links to the 2016 failed coup, the rights group said.

Amnesty launches external probes after second staff suicide

London - Rights group Amnesty International said on Monday it will conduct "full and independent external inquiries" into the suicides of two of its staff in the last three months.

Ivory Coast leader announces amnesty for Simone Gbagbo and 800 others

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday announced amnesties for around 800 people, including former first lady Simone Gbagbo who is currently behind bars, in the name of national reconciliation.

Amnesty alleges 'hostile' government behind spyware attack

Dubai - Rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday said it had been targeted by surveillance spyware in a suspected infiltration attempt by a government "hostile" to its work.

Myanmar military leaders oversaw 'crimes against humanity': Amnesty

New York - Myanmar's military chief and other top brass have been accused by Amnesty International of crimes against humanity for overseeing a "systematic" attack against Rohingya Muslims, according to a report by the rights group Wednesday calling for prosecutio...

Myanmar military leaders guilty of 'crimes against humanity': Amnesty

New York - Myanmar's military chief and other top brass have been accused by Amnesty International of crimes against humanity for overseeing a "systematic" attack against Rohingya Muslims, according to a report by the rights group Wednesday calling for prosecutio...

US-led coalition committed 'potential war crimes' in Syria: Amnesty

London - The US-led military campaign to oust the Islamic State (IS) group from the Syrian city of Raqa in 2017 killed hundreds of civilians in indiscriminate bombing, amounting to possible war crimes, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Amnesty slams Trump-led 'politics of hate'

London - The "politics of demonization" provided fertile ground for human rights abuses in 2017, exemplified by the response of Europe and Donald Trump's US to the refugee crisis, rights group Amnesty international said Thursday.

Brazilian president's pardons ignite corruption row

Rio De Janeiro - President Michel Temer was accused Saturday of handing Brazilians convicted of corruption a get out of jail card with changes to the traditional collective Christmas pardon.

Amnesty condemns 'dangerous and illegal' tactics by Honduras

Mexico - Authorities are using "dangerous and illegal" tactics to silence dissent in Honduras, where at least 14 people have been killed since a hotly-contested presidential vote last month, Amnesty International said Friday.

Turkey court orders local Amnesty chief to stay behind bars

Ankara - A Turkish court in Izmir ordered the head of Amnesty International in Turkey to remain in pre-trial detention on Thursday, the rights group said, after he denied allegations of links to the Muslim cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed coup.

Singapore's death penalty reform flawed: Amnesty

Singapore - Singapore's reforms to its use of the death penalty are flawed, with some low-level drug offenders still being denied leniency and sent to the gallows, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Amnesty calls for ban on pellet shotguns in Kashmir

Srinagar - Amnesty International on Wednesday reiterated its call for a ban on pellet-firing shotguns used by Indian forces in Kashmir to quell civilian protests.

Civilians in IS-held Raqa under fire 'from all sides': Amnesty

Birut - Civilians fleeing the battle to oust the Islamic State group from the Syrian city of Raqa face a "deadly labyrinth", coming under fire from all sides, rights group Amnesty warned Thursday.

Amnesty demands probe into PNG prison killings

Sydney - Amnesty International Tuesday called for an independent investigation into the killing of 17 prisoners who broke out of a jail in Papua New Guinea, voicing alarm at the gunning down of unarmed people.

US Syria strike 'doesn't address problem': Amnesty chief

Birut - A US strike on a Syrian air base is no substitute for a proper investigation and accountability after a devastating suspected chemical weapons attack, Amnesty International's chief said on Tuesday.

Australia failing on multiple human rights fronts: Amnesty International

Sydney - Aboriginal children are 24 times more likely to be detained than non-indigenous Australian children, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report accusing Canberra of complacency amid a raft of rights abuses.
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