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Amnesty International calls on U.S. to explain its ‘license to kill’ with drones

The United States should end the secrecy surrounding its drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen and bring those responsible for illegal attacks to justice, rights campaigners said Tuesday. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) published separate reports on drones on the eve of White House talks between US President…

Taliban shooting survivor’s activism honored by Amnesty International

Rights group Amnesty International announced on Tuesday it had awarded its highest honour to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot in the head last year by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education. Malala will share the 2013 Ambassador of Conscience Award with American singer and human rights activist Harry…

Defiant protesters celebrate after police leave Istanbul’s Taksim Square

Thousands of protesters celebrated after police withdrew from Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the focal point of nationwide protests against Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government. The government, while acknowledging some excesses by police in two days of clashes, called on the demonstrators to leave the streets after protests in 48 cities. Rights groups denounced…

Protesters demand Obama close Guantanamo Bay prison

Rights activists across the United States held a series of protests on Thursday demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a hunger-strike at the jail entered a third month. In a day of action aimed at drawing attention to the plight of prisoners at the facility, demonstrators — many wearing…

Changes to Hungary’s constitution spur thousands to protest

Thousands of Hungarians gathered outside the country’s parliament in Budapest Saturday in protest at changes to the new constitution they say infringe on civil rights. After a demonstration on Thursday, protestors and a number of NGOs including Amnesty International launched a second rally against a package of measures due to…

U.S. among worst offenders in annual death penalty report

The United States placed fifth overall on a list of nations that executed the most people in 2011, according to human rights advocacy group Amnesty International. Amnesty, which compiles its report every year, opposes capital punishment in all circumstances, regardless of allegations against those facing the death penalty. It noted…

Amnesty International said Palestinian hunger striker risks death

Amnesty International on Friday urged Israeli authorities to release Palestinian prisoner Hanaa al-Shalabi who has been on hunger strike for more than a month, saying she was “at risk of death.” The watchdog said Shalabi should be “immediately” released or charged “with a recognisable criminal offence” and “promptly” put on…

NATO must probe, pay for errors in Libya: Amnesty

NATO must investigate the killing of dozens of civilians during its air campaign in Libya last year and provide reparations to the people affected, Amnesty International said on Monday. “Adequate investigations must be carried out and full reparation provided to victims and their families,” said the rights group in a statement released one year after the first…

Human rights groups call for investigation into killings of 15 LGBT teens in Iraq

Three major international human rights groups called on Iraqi authorities on Friday to immediately investigate a spate of brutal killings of teenagers widely perceived to be gay. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said in a joint statement that the attacks, which…

War and neglect leaves 500,000 Afghans homeless: Amnesty

Half a million Afghans displaced by war have been left homeless and struggling to survive because of government and international neglect, Amnesty International said Thursday. Around 400 people join makeshift shelters around the country every day, Amnesty said in a report entitled “Fleeing war, finding misery”, based on three years…

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