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Iran’s ‘staggering’ execution spree


 nearly 700 put to death in just over six months Amnesty International  The Iranian authorities are believed to have executed an astonishing 694 people between 1 January and 15 July 2015, said Amnesty International today, in an unprecedented spike in executions in the country. This is equivalent to executing more than three people per day. At this shocking pace, Iran …

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Launch of innovative digital tool to help expose patterns of Israeli violations in Gaza


 Amnesty International An investigative online tool mapping Israeli attacks in Gaza during the conflict of July and August 2014 has been unveiled by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture today. Its purpose is to help push for accountability for war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law. The Gaza Platform enables the user to explore and analyse data about Israel’s …

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A deadly spiral of sectarian violence – a year on from IS onslaught on Iraq


Amnesty International  The full extent of the horror that has unfolded across Iraq over the past year is revealed in an interactive story map published by Amnesty International today, detailing the plight of Iraqi civilians caught in a deadly spiral of horrific crimes by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) and brutal revenge attacks by the now …

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Iran: Sweeping Arrests of Ahwazi Arab Activists


Whereabouts Unknown for More Than 75 Held After Protests HRW (New York) – Iran’s intelligence and security forces have rounded up and detained scores of Ahwazi Arabs, including several children, in what appears to be an escalating crackdown in Iran’s Khuzestan province, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. According to activists and family members, many arrests took place …

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Amnesty International calls out Israel on Gaza war crimes


International rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday accused the Israeli military of committing war crimes during the Gaza offensive this past summer, and urged an investigation into the issue. The destruction of multi-story building during the final four days of the offensive violated international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said in a report. “All the evidence we have shows this large-scale …

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Bahrain: rights activist jailed for “insulting” the king; “unwelcome” US envoy returns to embassy


A Bahraini court sentenced opposition figure Zainab al-Khawaja, daughter of eminent rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, to three years in jail for insulting King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa by tearing up his photograph. According to rights group Amnesty International, Zainab al-Khawaja, who is already serving a life term, was also fined around $8,000 (3,000 dinars) in addition to the sentence. …

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Amnesty International condemns Egypt’s “unlawful evictions” for Gaza buffer zone


International rights group Amnesty International on Thursday condemned Egypt’s destruction of hundreds of homes and urged for a stop to its “unlawful evictions” of residents to create a buffer zone with Gaza. Egypt started working on the buffer zone in October to stem militants reportedly infiltrating the Sinai Peninsula – militants have stepped up attacks against Egyptian soldiers in the …

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UAE strongly refutes Amnesty report, says it is “committed” to human rights


The UAE on Wednesday said that it was dedicated to improving the protection of human rights, and criticized Amnesty International for its “one sided and inaccurate” accusations. “The UAE will continue its work to strengthen the protection of human rights. There is no freedom here: Silencing dissent in the UAE”, the foreign ministry said, referring to the rights watchdog’s report …

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Amnesty International accuses Israel for civilian deaths in Gaza


Rights group Amnesty International accused the Israeli military of displaying “shocking disregard” for civilian lives in the Gaza Strip during the 50-day war. In a report published on Wednesday, the group said that it had documented eight instances in which Israeli security forces attacked houses in Gaza “without warning”, killing “at least 104 civilians including 62 children”. “The report reveals …

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Amnesty International accuses Libyan militias of committing war crimes


International human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday said that rebel and pro-government militias battling in Libya are committing war crimes, including attacking civilians and torturing detainees. According to the rights group, militias fighting in the western part of the country showed “an utter disregard” for civilians and accused them of aimlessly firing artillery into crowded neighborhoods, damaging hospitals and …

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