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Amnesty International condemns Alberta's 'fight-back' strategy

Global human rights organization Amnesty International condemned the Alberta government’s “fight back” strategy Tuesday, warning Alberta Premier Jason Kenney that his government’s fight against oil and gas industry foes puts human rights at risk.

Amnesty report shows global decline in capital punishment

The 2016 review of capital punishment globally by Amnesty International found that worldwide executions had dropped by 37 percent compared to 2015.

Amnesty claims 12 murdered Libyans killed in Tripoli prison

Tripoli - Amnesty International claims Ali Al-Saadi, the head of the Ruwaimi prison in Tripoli, lied when he reported last week that 12 former Gadaffi-era soldiers had been released to their families' care and had left the prison with them.

Canada will sign Optional Protocol to Convention Against Torture

Ottawa - On Tuesday a number of activists, several of them wearing black blindfolds around their eyes, held a demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa demanding that Canada sign on to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

2015 saw a record number of excecutions

According to an Amnesty International report, more people were executed in 2015 than in any of the previous 25 years. Much of this increase occurred in China.

Singer Jae Franklin releases new solo single 'Weary' Special

Back in school, Jae and her sister were in a band called 'Girls Tyme' with classmates Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Digital Journal asked the Houston-born star about her new single and about her memories of that time.

Tech giants accused of using cobalt mined by children

A new report out by Amnesty International claims Apple, Samsung and Sony failed to perform basic checks as required to make sure mining firms are not taking advantage of children by using them in the mining of essential minerals.

Amnesty International: Palestinians committed war crimes in Gaza

The prominent international human rights group Amnesty International has accused Palestinians of committing war crimes during last year's war in Gaza.

UN Security Council powers may lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty has called on members of the UN Security Council to relinquish their veto power. The recent findings of the 2014 Amnesty Annual Report shows repeated abuse of their vetoes by failing to protect civilians and provide them with peace and security.

No justice on 5 year anniversary of Maguindanao massacre

Manila - Saturday marked the fifth anniversary of a massacre where families have yet to see those responsible for the death of their lost ones, brought to justice. No prosecution, and no conviction has taken place in response to the mass murder in the Philippines

Police in Ferguson target media, human rights observers

Ferguson - As the violence in Ferguson, MO continues, police are reportedly targeting and detaining members of the media according to several news reports, as well as ordering observers with Amnesty International out of the area.

Amnesty details U.S. murder, torture, war crimes under Obama

A scathing new report from Amnesty International details how the U.S. military has systematically ignored and covered up the torture and killing of innocent civilians committed by its forces in Afghanistan.

Reports: IDF deliberately shot unarmed civilians, rescue workers

Reports from the Red Cross and international human rights groups accuse Israeli troops of deliberately shooting and killing unarmed civilians attempting to flee for their lives in Gaza, as well as medical personnel attempting to rescue the injured.

'Industrial scale' justice as Egypt court sentences 683 to death

Minya - A court in Egypt, Monday, recommended the death penalty for 683 people after a mass trial that’s been heavily criticized both by European government leaders and human rights organizations.

Amnesty: 'Trigger happy' Israeli soldiers killing with impunity

One of the world's leading human rights groups has accused Israeli military and police in the illegally-occupied Palestinian West Bank of possible war crimes.

Madonna to introduce Pussy Riot at human rights concert

New York - Madonna will introduce members of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot at an Amnesty International concert in New York City in February.

Pussy Riot to appear in Brooklyn at Amnesty International concert

New York - One month after being released from Russian prison, the Russian punk rock music group, Pussy Riot, will attend Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at the Barclays Center in New York City on February 5.

Review: ‘Panorama — All In A Good Cause’ Special

If you've ever wondered why white liberals are such enthusiastic supporters of "good causes", this programme will stop you wondering.

Amnesty International demands location of Pussy Riot activist

Amnesty International is demanding the Russian government reveal the whereabouts of former Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has not been seen since Oct. 22.

Amnesty International: Syrian refugees 'denied entry into Jordan'

Amnesty International is urging global support to help Jordan and other countries welcoming people fleeing the civil war in Syria end border restrictions, so that these people may find peaceful, safe homes.

Amnesty: US drone strikes in Pakistan may be war crimes

Two of the world's leading human rights groups have released scathing reports detailing how US drone strikes are killing innocent civilians in Pakistan and Yemen.

Op-Ed: Four different reports examine and criticize US drone strikes

As President Sharif visits Washington and promises to express Pakistani concerns about drone strikes to President Obama, four different reports discuss drone attacks.

Amnesty condemns Saudi Arabia's worsening human rights record

Amnesty International has stated that Saudi Arabia has failed to address human rights concerns and on top of that has actually “ratcheted up the repression” since 2009.

Amnesty International calls for Albert Woodfox to be freed

Angola - Amnesty International has launched a campaign for the release of 'Angola 3' inmate Albert Woodfox, who has been in solitary confinement for decades in a Louisiana prison.

Two separate bombing attempts, one at elementary school

Yesterday’s bomb, found close to a Belfast primary school, comes just two days after pipe bombs were found near the grave of former RIRA leader Alan Ryan. The grave site was the destination of parade marking one year since his assassination.

Amnesty’s Fan the Flame campaign

The paper dioramas created by the Russian artists from People Too, at the request of Ogilvy & Mather, have created a moving and powerful ad campaign for Amnesty International.

Jailed Russian Pussy Riot member loses parole appeal

Perm - A member of Russian feminist punk rock group, Pussy Riot, was denied early parole in Perm yesterday. Testifying via video link, Maria Alyokhina appealed a May decision that denied her early release.

Power pop musicians lobby for Pussy Riot release

Moscow - U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and over 100 musicians, together with Amnesty International, are lobbying Russian authorities for the release of imprisoned Russian punk group, Pussy Riot.

Op-Ed: Outrage over Zimmerman trial drowns more meaningful discussion

While social media is saturated with misguided consternation over the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, a more sinister trial with more important implications is proceeding under an umbrella of media silence.

Amnesty International: U.S. must not hunt Snowden down

Amnesty International claims that whistleblower Edward Snowden should not be hunted down for disclosing top-secret information with regard to NSA's spying activities.
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Observers from Amnesty International are order to leave the area by police in Ferguson, MO.
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Delegates from Amnesty International march for LGBT Rights
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US troops on patrol in Afghanistan.
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