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Oct 23 2002 12:00 am
Israel/Occupied Territories: Amnesty International condemns suicide bombing

'Attacks on civilians are unjustifiable,' the organisation said today. 'We reiterate our call on the leaders of all Palestinian armed groups to end attacks on civilians immediately.' Background...

Oct 22 2002 12:00 am
Democratic Republic of Congo: Government should investigate human rights violations in the Mbuji Mayi diamond fields

'There is effectively a state of anarchy reigning in the diamond fields of Mbuji-Mayi,' the organisation said, as it launched a new report, entitled Democratic Republic of Congo: Making a Killing...

Oct 22 2002 12:00 am
China: rule of law and human rights - time for institutional reforms

Every year hundreds of thousands of people suffer human rights violations because there are too few legal safeguards to protect them and no independent bodies to prevent abuses. The judiciary lacks...

Oct 21 2002 12:00 am
IRAQ : Release of political prisoners welcomed but much remains to be done

On 20 October the Revolutionary Command Council, the highest executive body in Iraq, issued a decree signed by President Saddam Hussain ordering a general amnesty for all political prisoners within 48...

Oct 18 2002 12:00 am
Mexico: Digna Ochoa's memory merits a full investigation into her death

'The authorities need to overcome the flaws and irregularities that characterised the initial stages of the investigation,' Amnesty International said. Digna Ochoa, a human rights lawyer, was shot...

Oct 18 2002 12:00 am
Egypt: Opening of trial of three Britons and 23 Egyptians raises unfair trial and torture concerns

The three British men - Maajid Nawaz, Ian Malcolm Nisbett, Reza Pankhurst - are due to be tried with 23 Egyptian nationals in an (Emergency) Supreme State Security Court in Cairo, an exceptional court...

Oct 17 2002 12:00 am
Uganda: Independent media and journalists at risk

'In order to show the government's commitment to basic human rights, such as freedoms of expression and access to information which are guaranteed by the Uganda constitution and international law, the...

Oct 17 2002 12:00 am
Turkey: Sentencing of police officers a positive step in the fight against torture

The case of the 'Manisa Children's rights' - 16 young people, aged 14 to 26 who were tortured while in detention at police headquarters in Manisa, western Turkey, between December 1995 and January...

Oct 17 2002 12:00 am
India: Hate speeches on the violence in Gujarat must be stopped

Ashok Singhal is reported to have said on 11 October 2002 that 'what happened in Gujarat will happen in the whole of the country', while on 3 September he reportedly termed the recent massacres in...

Oct 17 2002 12:00 am
Democratic Republic of Congo: UN must take urgent steps to stop the escalation of ethnic killings

In her letter Ms Khan writes: 'There have been mass killings and targeted rapes based on ethnic identity. Extremist calls for 'ethnically pure towns and villages' have increasingly been spread...