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High Court decision prolongs agony faced by asylum seekers

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 5:02 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International is disappointed that the Australian High Court has ruled that offshore detention is lawful. This decision will result in around 260 vulnerable people, including over 80 children, being forcibly sent back to Nauru. More >>

Lebanon: Refugee women from Syria face heightened risks

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 2:17 pm | Amnesty International

Shortfalls in international assistance and discriminatory policies imposed by the Lebanese authorities are creating conditions that facilitate the exploitation and abuse of women refugees in Lebanon, said Amnesty International in a new report published ... More >>

Iran’s hypocrisy exposed as juvenile offenders codemned

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 1:57 pm | Amnesty International

Young people in Iran are languishing on death row for crimes committed under the age of 18, said Amnesty International in a damning new report published today. More >>

Open hearts and generosity shine through

Friday, 22 January 2016, 12:13 pm | Amnesty International

The generosity and open hearts of New Zealanders have truly shone through over the past few months, said Amnesty International. More >>

Satellite images back up evidence of mass destruction

Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 3:20 pm | Amnesty International

Northern Iraq: Satellite images back up evidence of deliberate mass destruction in Peshmerga-controlled Arab villages More >>

Syria: Russia’s shameful failure

Thursday, 24 December 2015, 11:38 am | Amnesty International

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations ... More >>

Russia’s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings

Wednesday, 23 December 2015, 7:55 pm | Amnesty International

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations ... More >>

Amnesty International launches Our Voices

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 1:22 pm | Amnesty International

To mark Human Rights Day Amnesty International today launched a public submission process on the refugee quota - Our Voices. More >>

Atrocities fuelled by decades of reckless arms trading

Tuesday, 8 December 2015, 1:32 pm | Amnesty International

Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity ... More >>

Papuan pro-independence activist finally freed

Friday, 20 November 2015, 10:51 am | Amnesty International

Papuan pro-independence activist Filep Karma tasted freedom yesterday after being unjustly jailed for more than a decade for simply raising an independence flag at a political ceremony in 2004, Amnesty International said. More >>

Refugee crisis and freedom of expression must be tackled

Wednesday, 18 November 2015, 11:02 am | Amnesty International

Southeast Asian leaders, including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, meeting this week in Malaysia must urgently prioritise a coordinated plan to help the thousands of asylum seekers and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are forced to risk ... More >>

Missed opportunity to show leadership on refugee rights

Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 3:33 pm | Amnesty International

Following Australia’s human rights review which took place in Geneva overnight, Amnesty International has expressed deep disappointment that the New Zealand government failed to raise Australia’s inhumane policies around refugees and asylum seekers More >>

NZ must speak out on Australia’s abysmal human rights record

Monday, 9 November 2015, 12:46 pm | Amnesty International

As Australia faces global scrutiny on its human rights record in Geneva today, Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand to speak out on its closest neighbours’ abysmal human rights record. More >>

Syria: Thousands of disappeared people used as "cash cow"

Friday, 6 November 2015, 12:02 pm | Amnesty International

New Zealand in its role on the UN Security Council must urge an immediate end to disturbing crimes against humanity More >>

Australia: Damning evidence over asylum seekers

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 8:55 am | Amnesty International

New evidence gathered by Amnesty International suggests that Australia’s maritime border control operations now resemble a lawless venture with evidence of criminal activity, pay-offs to boat crews and abusive treatment of women, men and children ... More >>

Israeli forces in Occupied Territories - unlawful killings

Wednesday, 28 October 2015, 9:32 am | Amnesty International

Israeli forces have carried out a series of unlawful killings of Palestinians using intentional lethal force without justification, said Amnesty International today, based on the findings of an ongoing research trip to the West Bank, including East ... More >>

Fiji: Independent investigation must follow

Thursday, 22 October 2015, 11:57 am | Amnesty International

The opening of the trial of three police officers and two members of the military on charges of physically and sexually assaulting a man in their custody must be accompanied by an independent and impartial investigation of all past abuses by Fiji’s security ... More >>

NZ must help persecuted Rohingya refugees

Wednesday, 21 October 2015, 3:30 pm | Amnesty International

Women, men and children trafficked, held in hellish conditions, beaten or killed for ransom • Fears that hundreds, maybe thousands, more refugees and migrants have perished at sea than first estimated • New “sailing season” crisis looms in ... More >>

Action must be the key word in National Plan for women

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 10:29 am | Amnesty International

Amnesty International has welcomed the adoption of an action plan by the New Zealand government as a crucial opportunity to promote and protect women's rights in situations of armed conflict, but said it must be fully backed and resourced by the Government ... More >>

Syria: US ally’s razing of villages amounts to war crimes

Tuesday, 13 October 2015, 1:26 pm | Amnesty International

A fact-finding mission to northern Syria has uncovered a wave of forced displacement and home demolitions amounting to war crimes carried out by the Autonomous Administration led by the Syrian Kurdish political party Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat (PYD) controlling ... More >>



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