Mugabe's wife Grace asked to respect court

2015-01-15 08:59

Global rights watchdog Amnesty International has called on Zimbabwean authorities to respect a court order halting evictions from a farm linked to first lady Grace Mugabe.

Mugabe's wife Grace asked to respect court

2015-01-14 21:06

Global rights watchdog Amnesty International has called on Zimbabwean authorities to respect a court order halting evictions from a farm linked to first lady Grace Mugabe.

Activists slam Pakistan for resuming executions

2014-12-20 12:13

Rights groups have condemned Pakistan's decision to hang two convicted militants in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left 149 people dead.

Libyan militias committing war crimes

2014-10-30 17:33

Amnesty International says Libyan fighters are committing war crimes with impunity.

South Sudan bill gives security forces 'excessive' powers

2014-10-01 16:03

South Sudanese lawmakers have proposed granting security forces the ability to make "virtually unrestricted powers of arrest" in the war-torn nation, Amnesty International warns.

Amnesty: Mali holding children as adults

2014-08-23 09:00

Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, Amnesty International says.

Nigerian army accused of 'extensive' rights violations

2014-08-05 13:33

Global rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused Nigeria's military and its supporting civilian militia of "extensive human rights violations" in their fight against Boko Haram.

Over 60 women, girls escape abductors in Nigeria

2014-07-07 05:48

More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources say, but more than 200 schoolgirls are still being held.

France outraged over Roma teen

2014-06-17 16:40

A gruesome vigilante assault on a Roma teenager who is now fighting for his life has shocked France.

Anti-gay law: Violations surge in Uganda

2014-05-15 12:35

Uganda's tough new anti-gay law has sparked a "surge in human rights violations", including arrest, job loss, eviction and the killing of at least one transgender person, campaign groups say.

Nigeria ignored kidnap warning

2014-05-09 21:23

Nigeria's military had advanced warning of the attack by Boko Haram that led to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls.

China defends death penalty

2014-03-27 12:35

China has defended the death penalty as a traditional deterrent, after a report said its annual executions had again far exceeded the rest of the world's combined.

Israel army kills Palestinian in West Bank raid

2014-02-27 15:01

A Palestinian has died during an Israeli army raid on his home in the West Bank town of Birzeit, the military and a Palestinian security source says.

'Ethnic cleansing' taking place in CAR

2014-02-12 09:41

"Ethnic cleansing" is being carried out against Muslim civilians in the CAR, with international peacekeepers unable to prevent it, Amnesty International says.

Malaysia postpones execution after outcry

2014-02-07 10:06

Amnesty International says that Malaysia has postponed plans to execute a man for murder in a case that sparked an outcry from rights groups.

UK, Nigeria sign prisoner repatriation scheme

2014-01-10 05:30

Nigeria and Britain have signed a "compulsory prisoner transfer" agreement, allowing their nationals jailed in the other country to serve the rest of their time behind bars back home.

Chinese labour camps to continue: Amnesty

2013-12-17 14:34

China's much-vaunted abolition of its widely loathed "re-education through labour" camps risks being no more than a cosmetic change, Amnesty International says.

Release of Mexican in torture case applauded

2013-11-08 16:22

Human rights groups have hailed a Mexican Supreme Court decision to free a man who claimed soldiers tortured him into confessing to having played a role in a drug-related massacre.

Judge in Morsi's trial adjourns hearing

2013-11-04 12:31

The trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president has been adjourned after the defendants - Mohammed Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures - chanted and disrupted the hearing.

Morocco editor trial spurs freedom fears

2013-10-22 21:03

Free speech advocates fear repression as a Morocco editor is put on trial on terror charges.

Call for Egypt to stop detaining Syrians

2013-10-17 13:43

An international human rights group has urged Egypt to end its policy of unlawfully detaining Syrian refugees, including children, and forcibly returning them to their homeland where civil war is raging.

Libya demands US return seized terrorist suspect

2013-10-09 07:49

The US seizure of a terrorist suspect during a raid in Tripoli has provoked demands that Washington return the alleged al-Qaeda leader, a report says.

1 000s on Khartoum streets demand Bashir quit

2013-09-28 11:15

More than 3 000 protesters have taken to the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum to demand President Omar al-Bashir quit, after days of unrest in which dozens of people have been killed.

Groups say 50 killed in Sudan protests

2013-09-27 12:34

Sudanese police killed at least 50 people this week, often "shooting to kill" when they moved to quell angry protests over government’s cut of fuel subsidies, rights groups say.

Send books not guns, Malala pleads at UN

2013-09-26 10:55

With a maturity that belies her tender years, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls' education stood by world leaders calling for books not guns.


AI: Boko Haram killed woman in labour during attack

2015-01-15 07:28

Boko Haram killed a woman as she was in labour during what is feared could be the deadliest attack in the militants’ six-year insurgency, Amnesty International claims.

Child rapist latest to be executed in Saudi Arabia

2014-12-22 14:19

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a child rapist, adding to what activists say is one of the world's highest execution tolls.

Probe abduction, beating of Zim activists - Amnesty

2014-12-04 14:04

Rights watchdog Amnesty International says Zimbabwe should launch an impartial investigation into the abduction and beating this week of three pro-democracy activists in Harare.

Amnesty: Better services for pregnant women

2014-10-09 18:04

Government needs to strengthen its commitment to providing basic services to pregnant women, Amnesty International says.

Indonesia approves caning for gay sex

2014-09-27 12:24

Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has passed a law making gay sex punishable by 100 lashes of the cane.

Israeli strike kills Gaza commander's wife, child

2014-08-20 10:34

Hamas says that an Israeli air strike has killed the wife and child of its Gaza military chief, as a temporary ceasefire went up in smoke and Cairo truce talks froze.

Vote violence: Kenya 'failing to deliver justice'

2014-07-15 11:57

Amnesty International has condemned what it says is the Kenyan government’s continued failure to properly investigate and deliver justice to victims of the 2007-2008 post election violence.

Sudan war-zone bombing may be 'starvation' policy

2014-06-25 10:57

Intensified bombing in Sudan's war-torn Kordofan may be part of an attempt to starve the population, Amnesty International says.

Gays find courage to come out in Kinshasa

2014-05-17 15:48

Free of the harsh anti-gay laws found in much of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo may seem a haven for same-sex couples, but it still takes courage to come out in Kinshasa.

Nigerian army reacts to kidnapping

2014-05-10 22:00

Nigeria's Army has sent two divisions to hunt for 200 schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist rebels.

Nigerian military rejects Haram abuse claims

2014-03-31 20:27

Nigeria's military has denied claims from Amnesty International that its troops may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

14 sentenced to hang over Egypt revenge killing

2014-03-10 15:15

An Egyptian court has sentenced 14 men to be hanged for the revenge killing of a merchant and his daughter in a village north of Cairo, reports say.

Peacekeepers disarm militias in Bangui

2014-02-15 14:00

French and African peacekeepers have launched a major push to disarm militias in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic.

Egypt cop shot dead, militants blow up gas pipeline

2014-02-11 13:28

Suspected militants have blown up a gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula and gunmen have shot dead a policeman in the Suez canal city of Ismailia, security officials say.

Dozens of Muslims slain in CAR

2014-01-24 19:05

Human rights activists say more than 50 Muslims have been killed in two attacks on villages in the northwest of Central African Republic.

CAR toll 'much higher than thought'

2013-12-19 12:30

December clashes in the CAR have already claimed in excess of 1 000 lives, more than three times what had been previously reported, Amnesty International says.

End abuses, group tells Zimbabwe

2013-11-26 07:38

Zimbabwe has failed to end human rights abuses despite adopting a new constitution that enshrines democratic rights, global rights watch Amnesty International says.

Migrants storm Melilla border fence

2013-11-05 18:49

Scores of migrants have entered Spain's north African territory of Melilla after storming a border fence, which authorities are busy topping with barbed wire.

Iran spares life of hanging survivor

2013-10-23 13:34

Iran has decided to spare the life of a convicted drug trafficker who survived a hanging, media reports quoted Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi as saying.

Amnesty urges Egypt stop detaining Syrians

2013-10-17 22:06

Amnesty International urges Egypt to end policy of detaining, deporting Syrian refugees.

100s of militants die in Nigeria army jails – AI

2013-10-15 07:36

A rights group has called for an urgent investigation after saying it has evidence that hundreds of people died in detention facilities during a crackdown on Islamists in Nigeria.

Nigeria school attacks force 1000s to quit studies

2013-10-04 07:47

School attacks in northern Nigeria have grown more frequent and deadly this year, forcing thousands to abandon their education, with most of the violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.

Sudan braces for new anti-govt demos

2013-09-27 15:01

Sudan is bracing for a fifth day of demonstrations against fuel price hikes that have turned into anti-government protests, as security forces were accused of shooting dead 50 people.

Rights groups slam Sudan over deadly riots

2013-09-27 09:07

Rights groups have accused Sudanese security forces of deliberately shooting people demonstrating against fuel subsidy cuts in the worst riots to hit the country since 1989.

Moroccan charged with inciting 'terrorism'

2013-09-25 13:39

A Moroccan journalist arrested last week for posting a link to an al-Qaeda video threatening Morocco has been charged with defending and inciting "terrorism", his lawyer says.

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