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Amnesty slams Shell over oil spills in Nigeria

Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth Tuesday said they had filed an official complaint against Ango-Dutch firm Shell for shirking responsibility for oil spills in Nigeria and wreaking havoc on the environment. A joint statement said Shell’s operations in the southern oil-rich Niger Delta breached the Organisation for Economic…

Cable reveals US behind airstrike that killed 21 children in Yemen

A diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks shows that the US military covered up the killing of dozens of civilians during a cruise missile strike in south Yemen in December 2009. The secret cable from January 2010 corroborated images released earlier this year by Amnesty International, implicating the US in the…

Chinese woman given hard labor for Tweet

BEIJING — A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp after she retweeted a Twitter post that mocked anti-Japanese protesters, according to human rights groups. A court on Monday convicted Cheng Jianping, 46, of “disturbing social order” after she added a few words to a…

Amnesty: prosecute Bush for admitted waterboarding

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States must prosecute former President George W. Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that he authorized waterboarding holds true, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday. In “Decision Points,” published this week, Bush defended his decision to authorize waterboarding, a form of…

Human rights groups urge WikiLeaks to remove Afghan names

Human rights groups are urging WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to remove the names of Afghans helping US forces from thousands of leaked military documents, fearing they could be the target for reprisals. “In our letter, we asked him to take out some of the names and to be more careful…

Amnesty: Four million living under Taliban rule in Pakistan

Human rights group Amnesty International said Thursday that nearly four million people are effectively living under Taliban rule in northwest Pakistan and have been abandoned by the government. The 130-page report entitled “As if Hell Fell on Me: The Human Rights Crisis in Northwest Pakistan” is likely to ruffle Pakistani…

Amnesty urges Iraq to probe ‘secret prison’ allegations

Amnesty International has urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to probe allegations that his Shiite-dominant security forces tortured hundreds of Sunni detainees at a secret prison in Baghdad. Referring to a report in the Los Angeles Times, quoting Iraqi officials who said more than 100 prisoners were tortured by electric…

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