Images show Nigeria's Baga destruction by Boko Haram

2015-01-15 11:12

Satellite images show widespread destruction in two Nigerian towns that have been attacked by Islamic extremists, an international human rights group say.

Kenyan security laws threaten freedoms - rights groups

2014-12-14 17:59

Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a 'police state', rights groups say, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection.

Rich nations' failure to take Syria refugees 'shocking'

2014-12-05 07:48

Wealthy nations have only taken in a 'pitiful' number of the millions of refugees uprooted by Syria's war, placing the burden on the country's neighbours, Amnesty International says.

Concern as Morocco blocks human rights groups

2014-11-07 14:12

Human Rights Watch has expressed concern over Morocco blocking the activities of local and international human rights organisations operating in the country.

Amnesty: Israel committed war crimes in Gaza

2014-11-05 12:26

Amnesty International has accused Israel of committing war crimes during the war in the Gaza Strip, saying it displayed 'callous indifference' in attacks on family homes in the densely populated coastal area.

Malaysia student activist jailed for sedition

2014-09-05 15:30

A Malaysian court has sentenced a student activist to 10 months in jail for sedition, sparking renewed calls from rights groups to repeal a legislation increasingly used by the government to stifle dissent.

Shell 'failing' to clean oil pollution in Nigeria

2014-08-04 08:04

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell, Amnesty International and other groups have charged.

Leaders get immunity at new African rights court

2014-07-01 21:02

Leaders gave themselves immunity at a new African court against major crimes of war, humanity and genocide.

Nigeria to probe state-sponsored killings

2014-02-13 06:15

Nigeria says it would open a probe into claims of state-sponsored killings dating back to the era of military rule, raising hopes that perpetrators will finally be brought to book.

Saudi beheads Pakistani drug smuggler

2014-02-05 12:59

Saudi authorities have beheaded a Pakistani for smuggling drugs and a national for killing a compatriot, bringing the number of executions in the kingdom this year to nine.

Donors pledge nearly $1.3bn for Syria

2014-01-15 19:15

Donors meeting in Kuwait have pledged nearly $1.3bn in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian war, which the UN chief said had left half the population in need of urgent help.

ICC to allow video hearings in gesture to Kenya

2013-11-28 14:48

International Criminal Court member states have agreed to let defendants ask to appear by video-conference in a concession to a Kenyan campaign against the trial of their leaders.

Kenya police accused of abusing Somalis

2013-05-29 18:52

Kenya police have been accused of abuse, torture, and rape of Somali refugees after terror attacks.

AI fingers Madagascar cops

2012-11-20 22:23

Amnesty International has called on Madagascar to rein in its "rampaging" security forces after a crackdown on cattle-rustling gangs killed dozens of people, including children, in the south of the country.

Nine executed in Gambia

2012-08-25 21:00

Gambia has executed nine convicted criminals, the Civil Society Associations has reported as Amnesty International warns that dozens more on death-row are under imminent threat.

Amnesty slams Australian refugee centres

2012-02-23 11:00

Rights group Amnesty International has called for the closure of Australia's remote and isolated refugee detention centres where it says suicide and self-harm are a "fact of life".

Iraq VP's staffers detained: Amnesty

2012-01-28 17:00

Two women employed by the office of Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi have been detained by security forces and may be at risk of torture, says Amnesty International.

Amnesty wants Canada to arrest Bush

2011-10-12 22:48

Amnesty International has called on Canadian authorities to arrest and prosecute George W Bush, saying the former US president authorised "torture" as he directed the US-led war on terror.

Don't deport ex-Chad leader - AI

2011-07-09 22:09

Amnesty International has called on Senegal to prevent the return of former Chadian president Hissene Habre to his home country, where he faces the death penalty.

Saudi women begin driving ban challenge

2011-06-17 20:47

A campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving has opened with female motorists getting behind the wheel amid calls for sustained challenges to the restrictions.

Amnesty set to blow out 50 candles

2011-05-27 11:58

Amnesty International, which is set to turn, has expanded from supporting prisoners of conscience into a global human rights watchdog, leaving it with a slight identity crisis.

Australia sends asylum seekers offshore

2011-05-14 10:20

The latest boatload of suspected asylum seekers to arrive in Australia will be sent to another country for processing, the government has said as it implements a controversial new policy.

Ouattara takes charge of Ivory Coast

2011-04-14 22:13

President Alassane Ouattara stamped his new authority on Ivory Coast as troops formerly loyal to his ousted rival Laurent Gbagbo flocked to his banner despite ongoing violence.

Bahrain rounds up opposition leaders

2011-03-17 10:54

Bahrain has rounded up dissidents as it comes under mounting diplomatic pressure to end a bloody crackdown on Shi'ite-led protesters.

Kenya endangering refugees - AI

2010-12-08 15:33

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused Kenya of endangering the lives of thousands of Somali refugees deported back to their war-torn country in violation of international law.


Girls abducted by ISIS endured horror - Amnesty

2014-12-23 10:16

Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of ISIS extremists after they were taken as slaves, leaving them deeply traumatised, an international watchdog group says.

Australia failed to protect asylum-seekers - Report

2014-12-11 12:04

The Australian government has failed in its duty to protect asylum-seekers at a camp in Papua New Guinea where riot left one dead and 69 injured, said a damning parliamentary report.

Rights groups slam Egypt over death sentences

2014-12-03 16:03

Global rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have slammed Egypt over the mass death sentencing of 188 Islamists.

Amnesty condemns new wave of CAR violence

2014-11-06 10:25

Amnesty International has accused Central African militias of killings, mutilation and abductions in a fresh wave of violence, calling for more peacekeepers to stop the bloodshed.

Impunity must end in CAR - Amnesty

2014-07-10 21:35

Amnesty International is calling for fighters to face justice in the Central African Republic.

SA not protecting Somali refugees - Amnesty

2014-06-12 19:06

The South African government and police are not doing enough to protect Somali refugees, rights organisation Amnesty International says.

Russian court jails Olympic environmentalist

2014-02-12 14:57

A Russian environmentalist who campaigned against damage caused by Olympic development has been sentenced to three years after a court rejected his appeal.

Amnesty slams China activists' graft trials

2014-01-21 08:51

Amnesty International has condemned the forthcoming trials of eight anti-corruption activists in China, calling them "hypocritical" and saying they highlighted flaws in China's anti-graft campaign.

Gay 'prisoner of conscience' dies in Cameroon

2014-01-12 20:32

A lawyer says a gay man in Cameroon who was jailed for sending a text message to another man saying "I'm very much in love with you," and who Amnesty Interational later declared a prisoner of conscience, has died.

Thousands remember Marikana

2013-08-16 19:54

The comrades of 34 striking miners shot dead by police have descended on Marikana in their thousands to mark the first anniversary of the bloodbath.

Madagascar security force abuse probed

2012-11-28 21:02

Madagascar's government has announced an international probe into allegations of rights abuses by its security forces during a recent crackdown on cattle-rustling gangs.

Forced evictions rise in China: Amnesty

2012-10-11 09:57

Forced evictions in China have risen significantly in the past two years as local officials and property developers collude to seize and sell land to pay off government debt, says Amnesty International.

500 000 homeless in war-torn Afghanistan

2012-02-23 12:01

Half a million Afghans displaced by war have been left homeless and struggling to survive because of government and international neglect, says Amnesty International.

Activists slam new Uganda anti-gay bill

2012-02-08 18:08

Gay rights activists have condemned the reintroduction before Uganda's parliament of a bill that calls for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts and sparked an international outcry.

US sent ammo to Egypt during protests

2011-12-07 22:26

The United States continued to send ammunition to Egypt, even as security forces pressed their violent crackdown on protesters there, Amnesty International says.

Yemen - stop killing or risk civil war

2011-09-19 21:22

Amnesty International says the authorities in Yemen must stop killing anti-regime protesters immediately or risk civil war.

Equitorial Guinea ready to host summit

2011-06-28 21:31

Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea is banking on the African Union summit which it will host this week to refurbish an image tarnished by allegations of serious human rights violations.

African leaders to hold Zimbabwe talks

2011-06-09 22:35

Southern African leaders are to meet in Johannesburg to lay out a roadmap to elections in Zimbabwe, amid warnings of rising violence and intimidation.

Syria video shows shoot to kill policy

2011-05-26 22:15

Video footage shows Syrian security forces are shooting to kill in a bid to snuff out a pro-reform opposition movement says Amnesty International.

N Korea political prison camp horror

2011-05-03 23:08

North Korea's political prison camps have grown in size over the past decade and now hold an estimated 200 000 people in horrific conditions Amnesty International says.

More countries executing convicts: AI

2011-03-28 15:39

Amnesty International says the number of countries executing convicts has risen to 23 in 2010.

Child soldiers continue in Chad

2011-02-10 22:07

Boys as young as 13 are still being used as soldiers by the Chadian national army and armed groups on the border with Sudan.

Baby deaths high in Zimbabwe govt housing

2010-12-02 22:25

Human rights activists have called for an urgent investigation into the high death rate of babies in communities resettled by Zimbabwe's government.

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