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.

Zimbabwe releases 83 women activists

2010-09-22 16:31

A Zimbabwean court has released 83 women activists arrested for marching on parliament in a protest over police reforms in the capital Harare.

83 women protesters arrested in Zim

2010-09-21 18:02

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested 83 women activists who marched on the parliament to highlight safety concerns without authorisation, a lawyer has said.

Swazis march despite arrests

2010-09-07 19:12

Pro-democracy demonstrators have marched in Swaziland against Africa's last absolute monarchy, despite the arrests of nearly 50 people.

4 executed for E Guinea attack

2010-08-23 22:38

Four military and government officials in Equatorial Guinea have been executed for their role in a 2009 attack on the presidential palace, Amnesty International has said.

Release Zim activist - Amnesty

2010-07-06 19:43

Amnesty International has called for the release of an activist charged with endangering Zimbabwe's economic interests by highlighting abuses at diamond mines.

Egyptian describes police killing

2010-06-13 16:56

The owner of an Egyptian internet cafe has said he witnessed police beating a young man to death and described the killing that has outraged rights activists.

Amnesty urges probe into raid

2010-05-31 21:28

Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation into a deadly Israeli raid on an aid convoy to Gaza.

AI worried about Chad force pullout

2010-05-26 08:34

Amnesty International has expressed alarm at an expected UN Security Council decision to withdraw troops from Chad, warning the move could endanger thousands of refugees.


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.

AI: Rights failures fuel poverty

2010-09-22 10:34

Amnesty International has accused world leaders at a UN summit of damaging the fight against global poverty through their failure to combat human rights violations.

Iraq detention without trial horror

2010-09-13 22:06

Tens of thousands of detainees are being held without trial in Iraqi prisons and face violent physical and psychological abuse as well as other forms of mistreatment.

E Guinea opposition slams executions

2010-09-02 22:32

Equatorial Guinea's opposition in exile has expressed its "revulsion" at the execution of four men implicated in an attack on the presidential palace in the capital, Malabo.

WikiLeaks asked to censor

2010-08-10 20:06

Human rights groups have raised concerns with WikiLeaks over possible reprisals against Afghans who've worked alongside US forces, named in documents disclosed by the online whistle-blower.

Vietnam replaces firing squads

2010-06-17 21:46

Vietnam's National Assembly has voted to replace firing squads with lethal injections after lawmakers sought to find a "more humane" method of execution.

SAPF hits back

2010-06-09 07:31

The SA Police Force has hit back at Amnesty International SA, after being accused of intimidating homeless people and vendors.

Chad forces to take over from UN

2010-05-27 08:33

The government in Chad has insisted that the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers will not leave a security vacuum, after warnings that it could endanger thousands of refugees and aid workers.

Swazi party leader killed in jail

2010-05-06 22:19

A Swaziland political party leader has accused police of killing one of its members while in custody after being arrested for wearing a party T-shirt.

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