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Amnesty: NGOs Call for End to Russian Crackdown on Civic Freedoms

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of international non-governmental organizations has called on European Union leaders to urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to end what they call his crackdown on Russian civil society. In a statement Wednesday, human rights group Amnesty International announced that the eight organizations are seeking a commitment from the Russian government to ensure the involvement […]

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Burma’s Latest Amnesty Not Good Enough, Say Activists

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Activists and rights groups are responding cautiously to Burma’s latest release of political prisoners, saying hundreds more are still being held despite the government’s promise to release them. The Burmese government said this week that 514 prisoners would be released as part of a general amnesty. Activists estimate that around 90 of those pardoned are […]

Rights Group Calls for Justice in Afghan Bombing

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says the assassination of a prominent female official of the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs was meant to undermine what it called the “fragile gains” made for women’s rights in Afghanistan. The rights group is urging the Afghan government to bring those responsible for the attack to justice. Afghan authorities say the director […]

Rights Group Calls for Justice in Afghan Bombing

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says the assassination of a prominent female official of the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs was meant to undermine what it called the “fragile gains” made for women’s rights in Afghanistan. The rights group is urging the Afghan government to bring those responsible for the attack to justice. Afghan authorities say the director […]

Asian Governments Stifled Dissent Amid Arab Spring Protests: Amnesty

Posted May 24th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says several governments in the Asia-Pacific region heightened their crackdown on political dissent in 2011, in an attempt to tighten their grip on power following uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. The group’s 50th annual report on global human rights said Thursday that activists and journalists in Asia were inspired by […]

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Amnesty: Collapse in World Leadership Undermined Pro-Democracy Protesters

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International, in its 50th annual human rights report, says a collapse in world leadership has undermined the courage of pro-democracy protesters around the world, especially in Syria. The group says the U.N. Security Council seems ineffective, out of step, and unable to fulfill its mandate. It says Russian and Chinese intransigence puts the credibility […]

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Amnesty: Fewer Nations Executing More People

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says a declining number of mainly Asian countries continued to carry out the death penalty at an “alarming rate” in 2011. The rights group said Tuesday that only 10 percent of the countries in the world now employ capital punishment. That represents a decline of more than a third from a decade ago. […]

Amnesty Intl: NATO Has Not Investigated Civilian Deaths in Libya

Posted March 19th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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The human rights group Amnesty International says NATO has not paid compensation or properly investigated civilian deaths caused by its airstrikes in Libya last year. Amnesty says NATO took significant efforts to prevent civilian casualties. But the human rights group says that does not relieve NATO from the responsibility to investigate. The group says many […]

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Report: Afghan War Displaces Half Million Civilians Who Lack Proper Housing, Food

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says fighting in Afghanistan has displaced half a million people who lack access to adequate housing, food and schools. London-based Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that the situation is a “horrific humanitarian and human rights crisis.” The report said the displaced are living in settlements that lack food, […]

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Rights Group Says Afghans Displaced by War Lack Proper Housing, Food

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group says fighting in Afghanistan has displaced half-a-million people who lack access to adequate housing, food and schools. London-based Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that the situation is a “horrific humanitarian and human rights crisis.” The report said the displaced are living in settlements that lack food, proper sanitation […]

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