Amnesty International - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Amnesty International The Latest: Buhari leaves for London amid health fears ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on the release of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria (all times local): 9:05 p.m. The departure of Nigeria's president for more medical checkups in London is renewing fears for his health in Africa's most populous country. Sun, 07 May 2017 20:44:00 GMT 2017-05-07T20:44:00Z Amnesty says Botswana executed 1 criminal in 2016 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International says Botswana was the only country in southern African to execute a criminal last year. The rights group, which opposes the death penalty, said in a global report Tuesday that the single execution in Botswana was the country's first since 2013. Patrick Gabaakanye, 65, was hanged in May for the 2... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:35:00 GMT 2017-04-11T10:35:00Z Executions in China said to outpace world despite decline BEIJING (AP) — China's use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and still outpaces the rest of the world combined, even after the nation's execution rate fell sharply over the past decade, human rights activists said Tuesday. Amnesty International reported 1,032 state-sponsored executions worldwide in 2016, excluding China, where the true numb... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:27:00 GMT 2017-04-11T04:27:00Z Uganda charges, jails academic for insulting the president KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A prominent academic in Uganda was remanded to a maximum-security prison Monday after being charged with insulting the country's longtime president. Stella Nyanzi, a postdoctoral research fellow at Uganda's Makerere University, was charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication Monday. She denied the charges and said President Yoweri Museve... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:52:00 GMT 2017-04-10T16:52:00Z Human Rights Watch says Israel blocking access to Gaza GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question Israel's stated commitment to investigating possible rights violations. In a 47-page report, Human Rights Watch accused Israel of "systematicall... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:58:00 GMT 2017-04-03T06:58:00Z US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, U.S. and Iraqi military officials acknowledged Tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties have been loosened despite a recent spike in civilian casualties. Speaking from Baghdad to reporters at the Pentagon, the ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:16:00 GMT 2017-03-28T23:16:00Z Angola considers up to 10 years in prison for abortions JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angola's parliament votes next week on a proposal to imprison for up to 10 years women who have abortions and people who perform them, angering the president's daughter and others in the former Portuguese colony. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are urging authorities to allow a protest Saturday in the capital, Luanda, call... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-03-17T17:39:00Z Jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to Islamic extremism AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to Islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. It was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in at least a decade. Among those killed in the attacks were a British tourist, an outspoken Jordanian critic of Islamic e... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT 2017-03-04T15:30:00Z US asylum seeker with brain tumor granted bond to seek care DALLAS (AP) — An immigration judge granted bond Thursday to a Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States, allowing her to leave an immigration detention facility to seek treatment for a brain tumor. Sara Beltran Hernandez's family in New York posted her $15,000 bond after the hearing and she was released late Thursday afternoon from the Prairiel... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:14:00 GMT 2017-03-03T00:14:00Z Russian investigators search leading journalist's apartment MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top investigative agency searched the apartment of a prominent opposition journalist Tuesday in what Amnesty International said was a "deeply alarming" development. Zoya Svetova wrote on her blog that investigators deceived her by saying they came to give her a summons and then elbowed their way into her Moscow apartment. Several officers of the Federa... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:19:00 GMT 2017-02-28T23:19:00Z Syria rejects Amnesty's report of mass hangings as 'untrue' BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's justice ministry on Wednesday rejected an Amnesty International report of mass hangings of as many as 13,000 people in a prison near Damascus, calling the allegations "totally untrue" and part of a smear campaign. The ministry's statement, published by Syria's state-run news agency, came a day after Amnesty released its report , base... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:26:00 GMT 2017-02-08T16:26:00Z Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria's 'slaughterhouse' BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian prison was known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse." Behind its closed doors, the military police hanged as many of 13,000 people over the course of four years before carting out their bodies by the truckload for burial in mass graves, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International. The report, issued on Tuesday, said... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:56:00 GMT 2017-02-07T18:56:00Z Report: At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011 BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse," Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday. It covers the period from 2011 to 2015, when Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged each week at Saydnaya Prison i... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:16:00 GMT 2017-02-07T00:16:00Z Zimbabwe pastor who led protests is arrested on return home HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Zimbabwe pastor who fled to the United States after launching the popular #ThisFlag protest movement has been arrested on his return home, his lawyer said Wednesday. Evan Mawarire was picked up at Harare International Airport, lawyer Harrison Nkomo told The Associated Press. He said Mawarire has been charged with subverting a constitutionally elec... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:57:00 GMT 2017-02-01T18:57:00Z Rights group says Philippine killings are 'extrajudicial' MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A majority of the thousands of killings of poor suspects under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown appear to be "extrajudicial executions," Amnesty International said Wednesday, and may constitute crimes against humanity. The London-based human rights group urged Duterte's government to adopt an approach t... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 03:52:00 GMT 2017-02-01T03:52:00Z British PM May visits Turkey, reaches $125M fighter jet deal ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Britain signed a deal to jointly build fighter jets during Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Ankara on Saturday, even as the British leader called on Turkey's government to uphold democracy and abide by human rights standards. Britain's BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace industries signed the 100 million-pound (nearly $... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-01-28T17:33:00Z Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Sinai killings by police CAIRO (AP) — Egypt must launch an independent and thorough investigation into the recent killing of 10 men by security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, Amnesty International said on Monday. The government announced earlier this month that the 10 had been killed in a shootout in the northern Sinai city of al-Arish. But in a Monday statement, the London-based advocacy group repe... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:49:00 GMT 2017-01-23T19:49:00Z White House denies clemency for Indian activist Peltier MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has denied a clemency request by American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, Peltier's attorney said Thursday. His attorney, Martin Garbus, said they received a letter from the White House on Wednesday night saying the... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:57:00 GMT 2017-01-19T17:57:00Z Bahrain executes 3 over police bombing, triggering protests DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain on Sunday carried out its first executions since an Arab Spring uprising rocked the country in 2011, putting to death three men found guilty of a deadly bomb attack on police. The executions of the Shiite men drew swift condemnation from human rights groups and sparked intense protests by opponents of the Sunni-r... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:39:00 GMT 2017-01-15T19:39:00Z In Central African Republic, 'impunity on staggering scale' JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The lack of justice in Central African Republic is so acute that some victims are forced to live daily lives alongside their aggressors, Amnesty International said Wednesday, and it urged the international community to help counter "impunity on a staggering scale" for war and other crimes. The London-based group's new report says years... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:33:00 GMT 2017-01-11T11:33:00Z Bombs near government offices in Afghan capital kill 38 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two large bombs — one triggered by a suicide attacker — exploded near government offices Tuesday, killing at least 38 people and wounding dozens of others in the deadliest Taliban violence in Kabul in months. In southern Afghanistan, another attack at a guesthouse belonging to the governor of Kandahar province killed five people ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:47:00 GMT 2017-01-11T00:47:00Z Group says boycott Qatar Airways, cites poor rights record BOSTON (AP) — A human rights group is hoping to persuade travelers from Boston and other cities to avoid flying on Qatar's state-owned airline when going to the Middle East as international attention focuses on the tiny country leading up to its hosting of the 2022 World Cup. The Washington-based Alliance for Workers Against Repression Everywhere is stepp... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:19:00 GMT 2016-12-14T21:19:00Z The Latest: Syrian envoy at UN hails 'liberation of Aleppo' BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Syria's U.N. ambassador is hailing "the liberation of Aleppo" and rejecting allegations that his country's military has carried out revenge attacks and executions of civilians. Bashar Ja'afari told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that S... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:47:00 GMT 2016-12-13T21:47:00Z 11 more political prisoners released in Gambia BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — In Gambia, 11 more people who were jailed for peacefully protesting have now been released on bail, said a human rights group. They were the last of those arrested after demonstrations in April and May of this year. Their release comes a week after Gambia's longtime ruler lost elections and agreed to step aside after 22 years in power. ... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:19:00 GMT 2016-12-08T18:19:00Z Azerbaijan sentences youth activist to 10 years BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court in Azerbaijan has handed a 10-year prison sentence to a youth activist who was convicted on heroin possession charges in a verdict that Amnesty International is denouncing as politically motivated. Bayram Mammadov had pleaded not guilty to the charges, describing them as punishment for his having sprayed graffiti on a statu... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:45:00 GMT 2016-12-08T17:45:00Z Saudi court sentences 15 to death in Iran spy cell trial RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death and several others to prison terms in a case involving an alleged Iranian spy cell, a sign of the continuing tension between the two Mideast powers. A Riyadh criminal court handed down its ruling to the 32 people who were charged, including 30 Saudis, one Iranian a... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:41:00 GMT 2016-12-06T18:41:00Z The Latest: Amnesty fears Syria detaining men in Aleppo BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 10:06 p.m. Amnesty International says it has received reports of Syrian security forces detaining men in Aleppo areas that have returned to government control. The London-based human rights group warned in a statement Monday of the potential for reve... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:08:00 GMT 2016-11-28T20:08:00Z Thousands in Asia protest persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of Bangladeshis marched in the capital's streets Friday to protest the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, one of several similar rallies in the region. Chanting "Stop killing Rohingya Muslims," they marched in Dhaka as violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state escalated, forcing thousands to leave their homes. ... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:15:00 GMT 2016-11-25T13:15:00Z