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The Amnesty International Report (AIR) 2014/15 – The State of the World’s Human Rights provides a comprehensive overview of the state of human rights in 160 countries across the globe, Malaysia included. Compared to previous years, the report this year comprises an outlook and projection of the landscape of the state of human rights globally.
The arrests of scores of protesters as well as two human rights lawyers in separate incidents yesterday and today in Malaysia are the latest troubling signs of an escalating crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly, Amnesty International said today.
A Mexican Supreme Court judgement ordering the immediate release of a man jailed more than two decades ago on the basis of a confession extracted under torture is an important victory for justice, Amnesty International said today.
Amnesty International deplores the execution by hanging by the Egyptian authorities of Mahmoud Ramadan, a man convicted of murder in relation to political violence on 5 July 2013 in Alexandria after the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi, after his death sentence was upheld in February 2015 following an unfair trial.
Six Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority could be just hours away from being hanged after the Iranian authorities transferred them this morning to the quarantine section of Rajai’ Shahr Prison in Karaj, Amnesty International said as it renewed its call to spare the men’s lives.
A Malaysian court’s decision to uphold a “sodomy” conviction against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and to hand him a five-year prison sentence is an oppressive ruling that will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said.
Malaysian authorities must immediately drop politically motivated sedition charges against a lawyer who could face up to three years in prison over a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency, Amnesty International said.
Utah’s decision to turn to the firing squad if it is unable to secure drugs for lethal injection is the latest attempt by a US state to keep alive a punishment that should have long ago been consigned to the history books, said Amnesty International today.
Thousands of death row prisoners in Pakistan have been brought a step closer to the gallows today as Pakistan’s government confirmed a change in its policy on the death penalty by announcing that executions would resume for all capital crimes, Amnesty International said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel must call upon the Hungarian authorities to stop their unprecedented crackdown on NGOs said Amnesty International today as it published a new report coinciding with her visit to the country this week.
The deaths sentences handed down to 183 people in Egypt today following grossly unfair trials are a further sign of Egypt’s disregard for national and international law, says Amnesty International today.
There is no coup in the country to topple the ruling government. But an outsider, reading news about police clampdown, arrests for peaceful protests and the hauling up of people for sedition, would think there is one happening.
Amnesty International mendesak Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) untuk membebaskan segera dan tanpa syarat pemimpin komunitas Syiah, Tajul Muluk yang telah 2 tahun dipenjara atas tuduhan penodaan agama.
Juvenile offender Saman Naseem is believed to be held in solitary confinement in the north-western prison of Zanjan. Scheduled to be executed on 19 February, he was transferred out of Oroumieh Prison to an undisclosed location on 18 February following a worldwide international campaign mobilized to halt the execution. However, he is still at risk.
Michael Lambrix is seeking commutation of his death sentence. If he is denied clemency, the Florida authorities will set an execution date. He has spent over half of his life on death row. Twenty-three years old when he was sent there in 1984, he turns 55 in March.
At least 27 people remain behind bars in China after showing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Nine people have not been given access to their lawyers, the whereabouts of four are unknown, and at least two have reported being tortured in detention. All of them continue to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Two of the five women activists who are in detention in China have been transferred to hospital with serious health problems. These are thought to have been aggravated by their continued detention, and they still might not be receiving the treatment they need.