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.

AI: Abuses in Somali capital evictions

2013-09-13 10:47

The forced eviction of thousands of Somalia's poorest from makeshift camps amid rebuilding efforts in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu has led to "large scale" rights abuses, AI says.

UN must probe Syria gas attacks claim: AI

2013-08-22 11:04

The Syrian government must give access to UN weapons inspectors now in Damascus to the sites of alleged deadly chemical attacks near the capital, human rights organisations say.

Pictures show devastation in Aleppo

2013-08-07 22:18

The sharp outlines of houses are reduced to a blur of rubble in "before-and-after" satellite images of Aleppo that show how civilians have borne the brunt of Syria's civil war.

Egypt cabinet orders crackdown on protests

2013-08-01 12:11

Egypt's cabinet has ordered a police crackdown on protests by ousted president Mohammed Morsi's loyalists, as European envoys headed for Cairo to try to ease tensions.

Zimbabwe election clampdown alarming

2013-07-12 16:38

A rights group says that Zimbabwe police and military are mounting an 'alarming' clampdown ahead of the polls.

Amnesty seeks abortion in Chile child rape

2013-07-12 10:12

Amnesty International says an 11-year-old girl who was raped by her mother's partner in Chile should be allowed all medical options, including an abortion.

Amnesty slams Egypt army's use of force

2013-07-10 13:23

Amnesty International says it has evidence pointing to the "disproportionate" use of lethal force by Egyptian security forces, and is calling for them to be reined in to avoid "disaster".

Reports of army abuses in Nigeria

2013-07-02 08:54

A Nigerian government rights watchdog says it has credible reports the country’s own forces carried out extra-judicial killings, torture and rape to quell an Islamist insurgency in the northeast.

Homophobia 'on the rise in Africa'

2013-06-25 07:34

Homophobia in sub-Saharan Africa has reached "dangerous levels" with more countries passing laws criminalising same-sex relations, a report says.

Child soldiers jailed in Mali jails

2013-06-14 21:08

An investigation by Amnesty International has found that children as young as 13, who were recruited by armed groups, are now among the inmates crowding jails in Mali's capital.


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.

Malala receives top Amnesty award

2013-09-17 09:02

Amnesty International has announced it has awarded its highest honour to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot in the head last year by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education.

Kenya lawmakers to vote on ICC pullout

2013-09-05 12:15

Kenyan lawmakers are set to debate pulling out of the ICC, in an angry snub of The Hague-based tribunal ahead of next week’s trial of the country’s vice-president.

Forced evictions hit 9 000 in Nigeria

2013-08-12 14:10

Forced evictions in Nigeria's largest city Lagos have cost at least 9 000 people their homes or livelihoods, Amnesty International and a rights group say.

5 Cuban 'prisoners of conscience': Amnesty

2013-08-05 12:00

Amnesty International has designated five Cubans detained on the island as "prisoners of conscience" and called for their immediate release.

Kenya 'must stay firm on police reforms'

2013-07-30 12:32

Kenya’s lawmakers must reject amendments to a police reform package drawn up after the post-election violence in 2007.

Snowden to meet rights activists in Moscow

2013-07-12 16:36

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will meet with leading Russian rights activists and lawyers at the airport in Moscow where he has been stuck in transit for nearly three weeks.

Iraq torture 'Red House' now a museum

2013-07-11 15:00

A torture centre used by former Iraq dictator, Saddam Hussein, to extract information from Kurdish rebels has been turned into a museum.

West calls for election after Morsi ouster

2013-07-04 12:54

Western powers have called for restraint and a swift return to democracy in Egypt after the army toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, detaining him and his top aides.

Nigeria to execute 5th death row inmate

2013-06-26 19:14

Amnesty International says Nigeria is preparing to execute a fifth man, who had won a reprieve earlier this week after being taken to the gallows where four other convicted murderers were hanged.

Chinese mining companies defended

2013-06-23 13:19

Congo's information minister has described a recently published Amnesty International report on working conditions in the country's mines as "unfairly targeting" Chinese companies.

Salvadoran doctors perform risky C-section

2013-06-04 11:07

Doctors have performed a C-section on a chronically ill Salvadoran woman denied an abortion despite her high-risk pregnancy, in a case that garnered global attention, an official says.

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