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Aug 20 2004 12:00 am
Sudan: Jack Straw must insist on action on human rights

These have included attacks on civilians, arrests of people who dare to criticise the government and forced returns of people to villages that are highly unsafe.The human rights organisation, which...

Aug 19 2004 12:00 am
Guantanamo: Amnesty International delegate to observe first military commission hearings

The hearings, scheduled to take place on 23 August, are those of four Guantánamo Bay detainees facing trial by military commission at the US naval base in Cuba.These will be the first military...

Aug 19 2004 12:00 am
Burundi: Amnesty calls for an independent international investigation of the Gatumba Massacre

Amnesty International said:“This investigation is crucial in order to counter any manipulation of the killings by political and military actors within the region, and to pre-empt any resulting...

Aug 13 2004 12:00 am
Nepal: 39 transvestites arrested and at risk of torture

All 39 ‘metis’ (male transvestites) are members of the Blue Diamond Society, an organisation in Kathmandu that campaigns for the rights of sexual minorities and provides sexual health advice and...

Aug 11 2004 12:00 am
UK Court of Appeal gives green light to torture

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:“The rule of law and human rights have become casualties of the measures taken in the aftermath of 9/11. This judgement is an aberration, morally...

Aug 10 2004 12:00 am
Sudan: Government arrests people for 'talking to foreignors', risk of torture

15 men were reportedly arrested following the visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Abu Shawq camp near al-Fasher on 30 June, and five men were arrested at the same camp after a visit by a...

Aug 10 2004 12:00 am
Colombia: President Uribe must reaffirm commitment to human rights

“The meeting was frank and respectful and Amnesty International reaffirmed the importance of continuing the dialogue the organisation has maintained with successive Colombian governments”, Javier...

Aug 09 2004 12:00 am
Iraq: Reimposition of death penalty is a step backwards

Amnesty International said:“The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It violates the fundamental right to life, is irrevocable and can be inflicted on the innocent...

Aug 05 2004 12:00 am
Turkey: Lawyer threatened at gunpoint for defending clients from torture

The clients, Abdullah Gündogdu, Tahsin Atak and Ihsan Gülmek, had been detained and reportedly tortured - beaten, stripped and sprayed with a high-pressure hose for over two hours. Amnesty...

Aug 02 2004 12:00 am
Edinburgh: Pipers to mark 40th birthday of death row Scot at US Consulate

Three pipers in full highland regalia will lead a delegation taking a ‘Kenny birthday cake’ (featuring a photograph of Kenny Richey) to the consulate building as well as a thousand birthday cards...