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Ukraine government says it will grant amnesty to protesters

Ukraine said Sunday it would grant an amnesty to protesters arrested in anti-government unrest rocking the country, a key demand of the opposition after demonstrators vacated occupied public buildings. "The (amnesty) law comes into force from February……

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…

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…

Defiant Khmer Rouge genocide defendants upset victims

Khmer Rouge survivors reacted with dismay Tuesday as a top regime leader walked out of his genocide trial for a second day and a co-defendant sought acquittal under a 15-year-old amnesty. The elderly suspects’ defiant attitude underlined the challenges facing Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court in a case long awaited…

U.S. inmates’ 40 years in solitary must end: Amnesty

LONDON (AFP) – Two US prisoners who have been held in solitary confinement for nearly 40 years should have their isolation ended immediately, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Albert Woodfox, 64, and Herman Wallace, 69, have been held in solitary at Louisiana State Penitentiary ever since they were convicted of murdering…

Amnesty, ACLU call for independent probe after eighth Guantanamo detainee death

The American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International are calling for an independent investigation into the death of detainees at Guantanamo Bay after the U.S. military reported another death at the detention facility on Wednesday night. “This latest death highlights the immediate need for a full and independent inquiry into…

China executes 3 Filipinos despite Manila’s pleas

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – China executed on Wednesday three Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking despite a flurry of public appeals for clemency in the Philippines, and days after Amnesty International slammed Beijing’s sweeping use of the death penalty. The three, two women and a man, were caught smuggling several kilogrammes of heroin each…

Executions down in 2010: Amnesty

LONDON (Reuters) – At least 527 people were executed around the world last year, down from 714 in 2009, although China is believed to have put to death thousands more, human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday. It said Beijing was thought to have executed far more people than…

Female protesters in Egypt tortured, subjected to ‘virginity test’: Amnesty

The international human rights group Amnesty International claimed Wednesday that a number of female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were rounded up by the Egyptian military and tortured recently. Some women even said they were subjected to a “virginity test” while soldiers looked on and took pictures. Amnesty said at…

GOP Gov. Barbour lobbied for Mexico on ‘amnesty’ program: report

WASHINGTON – Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), a rumored 2012 presidential contender, lobbied on behalf of Mexico last decade for a program that would have assisted unauthorized immigrants with gaining permanent residency. That’s according to a report in TIME’s Swampland blog by Michael Scherer, who obtained State Department filings revealing that…

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