Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. www.amnesty.org

07.12.2017

Australia approves marriage equality law

Australia approves marriage equality law

Legislation has passed the House of Representatives, and marriage equality is now a reality in Australia. LGBTQI Australians will see their relationships treated equally under the law, and with dignity and respect. This historic change will help shape a safer, more inclusive country for the next generation of LGBTQI kids. »

20.06.2013

Afghanistan: Talks with the Taliban must focus on justice and human rights

Afghanistan: Talks with the Taliban must focus on justice and human rights

Human rights, including women’s rights, must be integral to any peace deal with the Taliban said Amnesty International today as the USA announced that it was to start direct peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban armed group. The call comes as Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai announced that his country would boycott… »

10.05.2013

Zambia urged to release two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct

Zambia urged to release two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct

The Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex “against the order of nature”, Amnesty International said. According to state media, police in Kapiri Mposhi in central Zambia on Monday arrested Phil Mubiana and James Mwansa, both… »

28.04.2013

Tunisia: Sentence against blogger upheld in new blow to free speech

Tunisia: Sentence against blogger upheld in new blow to free speech

The upholding of a sentence against a blogger jailed for “insulting Islam” is yet another blow to freedom of expression in Tunisia, Amnesty International said. Jabeur Mejri’s conviction was today upheld by the Court of Cassation. The blogger was sentenced in March 2012 to seven and a half years in… »

24.04.2013

USA: Authorities must end indefinite detention in Guantánamo as hunger strike grows

USA: Authorities must end indefinite detention in Guantánamo as hunger strike grows

The US authorities must urgently end indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay, Amnesty International said today after it was confirmed that more than half the detainees are now on hunger strike. As of 21 April, 84 of the 166 detainees held at the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were… »

27.03.2013

UN: 24 hours left to pass potentially lifesaving Arms Trade Treaty

UN: 24 hours left to pass potentially lifesaving Arms Trade Treaty

World leaders have just 24 hours to adopt the final text of an Arms Trade Treaty in what would be a major step towards ending the devastating human rights and humanitarian impact of the global trade in conventional weapons and munitions, Amnesty International said today from the United Nations in… »

26.03.2013

Travel restrictions stop Algerian activists from attending World Social Forum

Travel restrictions stop Algerian activists from attending World Social Forum

The Algerian authorities have prevented a delegation of 96 trade unionists and civil society activists from crossing the border into Tunisia to attend the World Social Forum this week, violating their right to freedom of movement, Amnesty International said today. The 96 have not been given any reason for the… »

25.03.2013

UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text

UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text

Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s analysis of a new draft of the treaty circulated… »

24.03.2013

India: New sexual violence law has both positive and regressive provisions

India: New sexual violence law has both positive and regressive provisions

A new law passed by the Indian Parliament aimed at addressing sexual violence, while positive in some respects, has several deficiencies and also violates India’s international law obligations, Amnesty International said. The upper house of the Indian Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 on 21 March 2013, meaning… »

20.03.2013

Guatemala: First trial of former head of state offers hope of justice

Guatemala: First trial of former head of state offers hope of justice

The trial of Guatemala’s ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt and his former head of military intelligence Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez -due to start on Tuesday 19 March – marks a long-awaited opportunity for justice for the victims of crimes against humanity committed against Guatemala’s Mayan communities, Amnesty International said today. In… »

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