Tuesday, November 2, 2010

From the Amnesty International's Media Unit: The Past Three Weeks

The media unit organises events to launch Amnesty International reports, produces material for the media on Amnesty International's position and concerns relating to key human rights issues, works in partnership with our colleagues in national sections around the world and provides spokespeople for interview on both our work and for comment on other news stories with a human rights angle.

Read latest press releases below or search the archive for past material.

Press Releases

Italy urged to stop mass expulsions

Thursday 28 October 2010

Amnesty International is calling on the Italian authorities to investigate urgently whether 68 people rescued at sea and then forcibly returned to Egypt within 48 hours were given the opportunity to apply for international protection

Heavy sentences for Viet Nam labour activists condemned

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Amnesty International has condemned the nine and seven-year prison sentences given to three activists in Viet Nam for carrying out their legitimate work on labour rights.

Morocco must investigate killing of 14-year old Sahrawi at protest site

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Amnesty International is calling on the Moroccan authorities to immediately investigate the fatal checkpoint shooting of a 14-year old boy outside a camp set up by Sahrawi protestors.

Pakistan: Investigate murder and torture of Baloch activists

Tuesday 26 October 2010

The Pakistani government must investigate the torture and killings of more than 40 Baloch leaders and political activists over the past four months, Amnesty International said today.

Former Saddam Hussain officials face death penalty

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Amnesty International today called on the Iraqi authorities not to execute former Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and two other former officials sentenced to death by a Baghdad court.

Guinea security forces used 'excessive force' in election protests

Monday 25 October 2010

Amnesty International calls on the Guinean authorities to investigate reports that police used excessive force to quell election protests in the capital Conakry during the past week, leaving one person dead, about 60 injured and more than 100 detained.

USA must address Omar Khadr rights violations following plea deal

Monday 25 October 2010

Amnesty International today called on the US authorities to address any human rights violations committed against Canadian national Omar Khadr, in spite if him pleading guilty to the charges against him at a military commission at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre.

Moscow mayor urged to protect freedom of assembly

Friday 22 October 2010

Amnesty International is calling on the new mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, to protect the right to peaceful assembly after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the city's recent banning of Pride marches was discriminatory

USA must investigate detainee abuse claims in Wikileaks files

Friday 22 October 2010

Amnesty International today called on the USA to investigate how much US officials knew about the torture and other ill-treatment of detainees held by Iraqi security forces after new evidence emerged in files released by the Wikileaks organization on Friday.

India: Government decision to reject Vedanta refinery expansion welcomed

Thursday 21 October 2010

Amnesty International today welcomed the Indian government's decision to reject plans for the expansion of an alumina refinery by a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources,in the state of Orissa.

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