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'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.
In the Media by Robert Myles

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 11 comments

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.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Kavelle Christie

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.
Digital Journal Report by Alexander Baron - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Gene Kosowan - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Layne Weiss

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

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.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

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.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Justin King

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.
In the Media by Justin King

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.
In the Media by Kirstin Stokes Smith

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.
In the Media by Kirstin Stokes Smith - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by David Delmar - 12 comments

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.
In the Media by Saunon Malek - 3 comments

Amnesty International protests US drone killings

Amnesty International says the U.S. drone policy is shrouded in secrecy but the killings appear to amount to extrajudicial executions that violate international rights laws.
In the Media by Eko Armunanto - 2 comments

Amnesty International hails Maryland's abolition of death penalty

Annapolis - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley yesterday signed abolition of capital punishment into law in Maryland in a move welcomed by campaigners Amnesty International. Maryland becomes part of a worldwide trend away from state-sanctioned execution.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 20 comments

Threat of legal challenge over gay marriage in Northern Ireland

There could be a legal challenge in Northern Ireland if it becomes the only part of the United Kingdom without same-sex marriage.
In the Media by Andrew John - 3 comments

Opposition in Bahrain calls for big protest before F1 race

The Shiite Al Wefaq opposition party in Bahrain has called on Bahrainis to gather for a major demonstration before the Formula One Grand Prix race scheduled to take place in the kingdom on Sunday.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

Amnesty Int'l urges Serbia to guarantee ethnic Hungarians' rights Special

Novi Sad - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) has responded to reports that it is ignoring the rights of ethnic Hungarians in Serbia, where a rising tide of ethnically-based attacks have been reported against this minority.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo

Amnesty International: Torture in Iraq still rife

In 2003 the invasion of Iraq began. Before the war it was argued that Iraq was a danger to its neighbours and the rest of the world; the poor treatment of its people by the Hussein regime was also highlighted as another justification for going to war.
In the Media by Jane Fazackarley

Shrouded in secrecy, Japan executions resume with three hangings

The Japanese government on Thursday executed three inmates, marking its first executions since conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in December, the Justice Ministry said.
In the Media by Yukio Strachan

Magdalen Laundries: Irish Premier's profound and moving apology

Dublin - The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny tonight spoke in the Irish Parliament, the Dáil Éireann, on the terms of the McAleese report on Ireland’s notorious Magdalen Laundries.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Video: Amnesty International wishes you Happy Human Rights Day

Paris - In a lipdub of the song "Call me maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, Amnesty International France wishes all a Happy Human Rights Day in a fun song and dance video.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Terry Williams — Another Amnesty fairy tale of a useless lawyer

Philadelphia - Amnesty International is at it again, peddling a fairy tale that portrays a convicted murderer as the victim of a third rate criminal justice system and a useless lawyer.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 5 comments

Amnesty International stages a flash mob for indigenous rights Special

Vancouver - Thirty-one people gathered on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery at noon on Thursday to protest for the rights of indigenous peoples.
Digital Journal Report by Julianne Keu - 1 comment

Human rights groups criticise migrant round-ups in Greece

Athens - Human rights groups have slammed Greece's crackdown on illegal migrants, adding their voice to the Greek Communist party and the far-left SYRIZA. Residents of Athens have in turn accused the Greek left of being blind to the reality of mass immigration.
In the Media by Katerina Nikolas

Obama: Take human rights in the Arms Trade Treaty forward Special

Sydney - Amnesty International and Act for Peace held a demonstration in Martin Place, Sydney to send a message to US President Barack Obama to reject the human rights escape clause in the current UN arms trade negotiations.
Digital Journal Report by Richard Milnes
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