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Good News for May 2015


Chicago has passed landmark reparations for survivors of police torture committed by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command, 43 years after Burge tortured the first known detainee.

The resolution provides compensation, restitution and rehabilitation to survivors, and was passed with overwhelming support. Nearly all the approximately 100 people tortured were African-American men. Their abuse included electric shocks to the body, suffocation, mock executions and beatings, all accompanied by racial slurs from all-white detectives.


Li Yan - China

Li Yan was sentenced to death for killing her abusive ex-husband. Her brother is delighted to say that her death sentence has been overturned. China Researcher at AI, William Nee, hopes this could provide a landmark verdict for future cases where domestic violence is a mitigating factor.

The highest court in China has sent a clear message that judges must not ignore domestic violence.



A new AI office was launched in Mexico on 8th May. It was celebrated by a special concert.

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