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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…

Chinese, Russian arms fuel Darfur abuse: Amnesty

KHARTOUM — Chinese-made bullets and aircraft bought from Russia are used to commit rights violations in Sudan’s Darfur under an ineffective UN arms embargo, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The London-based rights watchdog aired similar concerns five years ago but its latest report comes after “a new wave of fighting”…

Amnesty urges release of South Korean Twitter user

SEOUL — Rights group Amnesty International Thursday urged the release of a South Korean activist accused of helping the “enemy” by re-tweeting messages from North Korea’s official Twitter account. Park Jeong-Geun, a Socialist Party activist, was arrested last month for re-tweeting messages such as “Long Live General Kim Jong-Il”. The…

Coldplay, Stephen Colbert to star in Amnesty gala

NEW YORK — Coldplay, US comedian Stephen Colbert and veteran British comedian John Cleese will join a star-studded line-up in March for Amnesty International’s “Secret Policeman’s Ball” benefit gala, organizers announced Wednesday. The event on March 4 at Radio City Hall in New York will benefit human rights causes, Amnesty…

China halves executions to about 4,000 a year: NGO

China has halved its executions since 2007, when its high court began reviewing death row cases, but still puts around 4,000 people to death every year, a US campaign group said on Tuesday. The exact number of people executed in China every year is a state secret, but according to Amnesty International,…

Saudi woman beheaded for ‘practicing witchcraft’

RIYADH: A Saudi woman was beheaded Monday after being convicted of practising sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the Interior Ministry said. Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was executed in the northern province of Jawf for “practising witchcraft and sorcery,” the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA…

Canadian protesters greet Bush with song ‘praising’ his unending wars

Protesters outside the fourth annual Surrey Regional Economic Summit in Canada on Thursday mockingly praised former President George W. Bush’s “unending war on drugs and terror and the poor” with a hymn. He was invited to speak at the summit by Mayor Dianne Watts. The demonstration came after Amnesty International…

Amnesty International seeks to stop Georgia execution

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Death penalty opponents urged Georgia on Monday to halt the execution of a man convicted of raping and killing a woman in 1994, saying there was inadequate evidence linking him to the crime. Marcus Ray Johnson, 46, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday…

Troy Davis executed at Georgia prison after Supreme Court rejects appeal

Troy Anthony Davis, who was controversially convicted of the killing of an off-duty police officer, was executed by lethal injection at a state prison in Georgia at 11:08pm ET after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal. “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a…

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