Aug 20 2002 12:00 am
Syria: The price of defending human rights

'This sentence is the result of a grossly unfair trial and is intended to halt Habib 'Isa's activities as a human rights defender and lawyer,' Amnesty International said, recalling Habib 'Isa's...

Aug 19 2002 12:00 am
Pakistan: Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights must not be used as pawns in crime punishment

'All too often Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights in Pakistan suffer cruel and degrading punishments which fly in the face of international standards. If the government is...

Aug 19 2002 12:00 am
Pakistan: Blasphemy acquittal welcome but law must be amended

Ayub Masih was imprisoned in 1996 for allegedly speaking against Islam. However Amnesty International believes that the real motive for bringing the blasphemy charge was a land dispute in his village...

Aug 19 2002 12:00 am
Nigeria: Death by stoning upheld in the case of Amina Lawal

'This judgement is incompatible with the Nigerian constitution and also with Nigeria's legal obligations under international human rights law and the African Charter for Human and People Rights,' the...

Aug 15 2002 12:00 am
Macedonia: Impunity threatens lasting peace

Richard Bunting, Communications Director at Amnesty International UK, said, 'The police operate in an atmosphere of impunity and there is no indication that the violations committed by state agents...

Aug 15 2002 12:00 am
Indonesia: East Timor trial delivers neither truth nor justice

'We are deeply disappointed that flaws in these important trials addressing crimes against humanity in East Timor in 1999 mean that justice has not been delivered and the truth has not been revealed,'...

Aug 14 2002 12:00 am
USA: Texas must grant immediate reprieve to Mexican national facing execution

The organisation noted the unprecedented international concern over the failure of Texas authorities to inform Suárez upon arrest in 1988 of his right to consular notification, as required under the...

Aug 14 2002 12:00 am
Syria: Release of political prisoner after 27 years is welcome but not enough

Haytham Na'al was among a group of ACO members sentenced to long prison terms or the death penalty after unfair trials before the Supreme State Security Court (SSSC). He was reportedly tortured and...

Aug 12 2002 12:00 am
Venezuela: Political violence puts rights in jeopardy

Nine people were injured - the majority with gunshot wounds - in violent disturbances in Caracas after the Supreme Court decided not to put on trial four military officers accused of orchestrating an...

Aug 12 2002 12:00 am
Malaysia: Caning should be abolished

'Whipping someone with a cane is cruel, inhuman and degrading. International standards make clear that such treatment constitutes torture. Such a punishment should have no place in today's world,' the...