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Sep 29 2021 7:21PM
Victims of Assad's notorious Students' Union speak out - but the UN is not listening

By Mansour Omari In July this year, the UN Development Program in Syria (UNDP) posted on its social media platforms that it is cooperating with the National Union of Syrian Students (NUSS) in organising the Hult students Prize. The...

Afghanistan: Taliban responsible for brutal massacre of Hazara men - new investigation

Ghulam Rasool Reza, 53, was ambushed and executed as he attempted to reach his home © Private

Killings occurred after Taliban took control of Ghazni province last month One man was strangled with scarf and had arm muscles sliced off Another man so heavily shot in the chest he was buried in pieces ‘The cold-blooded brutality of these killings is… a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring’ - Agnès Callamard Taliban fighters massacred nine ethnic Hazara men after taking control of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province last month, Amnesty International said today. On-the-ground researchers spoke to eyewitnesses who gave harrowing accounts of the killings, which took place between 4-6

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Ethiopia: Troops and militia rape, mutilate and abduct women and girls in Tigray conflict - New Report

A woman walks amongst the ruins of a house in the midst of the Tigray conflict
Soldiers and militia repeatedly sought to humiliate their victims, frequently using ethnic slurs, insults and threats © AFP via Getty Images

Forces aligned to Ethiopian government subjected hundreds of women and girls to sexual violence Rape and sexual slavery constitute war crimes, and may amount to crimes against humanity ‘[The sexual violence] makes a mockery of the central tenets of humanity. It must stop’ – Agnès Callamard Women and girls in Tigray have been raped and suffered other sexual violence by fighting forces aligned to the Ethiopian government, Amnesty International said today in a new report into the ongoing Tigray conflict. The report, ‘I Don't Know If They Realised I Was A Person’: Rape and Other Sexual Violence in

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Jul 27 2021 12:28PM
The UN's student partner in Syria helped torture students

By Mansour Omari The UN Development Program in Syria is working directly with a group many Syrians believe to be complicit in crimes against humanity. This is the same UN office that thanked Russian authorities for supporting Syrians...

Afghanistan: Reprehensible execution of surrendering soldiers is a 'war crime'

According to CNN, the footage was taken last month in the town of Dawlat Abad in Faryab province in Northern Afghanistan Responding to footage broadcast by CNN showing Afghan commandos being executed by Taliban fighters, Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, said: “This deeply disturbing footage is horrific and gives insight into the increasingly desperate situation enveloping in Afghanistan. What we are witnessing is the cold-blooded murder of surrendering soldiers - a war crime. “This evidence suggests that the Taliban’s persistent claims to have changed their ways

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China: 'Crimes against humanity' being committed in Xinjiang - new report

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Hundreds of thousands of Muslim minorities subjected to mass internment and torture; millions more under systematised mass surveillance Harrowing new testimonies from more than 50 former camp detainees give detailed look inside internment conditions and treatment New Amnesty campaign calls for closure of internment camps “The Chinese authorities have created a dystopian hellscape on a staggering scale” - Agnès Callamard Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region face systematic state-organised mass imprisonment, torture and

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Bosnia / Herzegovina: Ratko Mladić appeal loss 'historic moment' for victims of genocide

Former Bosnian military chief Ratko Mladić speaks to his lawyers before appearing for the pronouncement of the Trial Judgement for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on November 22, 2017 in The Hague.
Former Bosnian military chief Ratko Mladić speaks to his lawyers before appearing for the pronouncement of the Trial Judgement for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on November 22, 2017 in The Hague. © 2017 Getty Images Europe

Original verdict confirmed - Ratko Mladić sentenced to life imprisonment and found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes ‘The verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal sends a powerful message around the world that impunity cannot, and will not, be tolerated’ - Nils Muižnieks Responding to the verdict and sentencing of Ratko Mladić, the commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, Nils Muižnieks, said: “Today’s decision is a historic moment and a step towards

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Jun 4 2021 5:24PM
The Gaza Deja vu

By Ahmed Masoud - @masoud_ahmed 20 May 2021 Rolling news humming in the background, constant work messages, endless Whatsapp notifications, phone calls to family in Gaza, a blizzard of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts. Is there a...

USA: Biden's approval of weapons sale to Israel puts civilians at greater risk

Amnesty Ireland demonstration in 2014 © Graham Seely

$735m arms sale announced despite rapidly rising civilian death toll in Gaza Call on UK to conduct ‘full review’ of its weapons sales to region ‘Congress must oppose this sale’ - Philippe Nassif Responding to reports that the Biden administration has approved a $735 million sale of US weapons to Israel, Philippe Nassif, Amnesty International USA’s Middle East and North Africa Advocacy Director, said: “President Biden’s approval of a $735 million offensive arms sale to Israel in the midst of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law perpetrated by Israeli forces and

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Israeli attacks on homes in Gaza must be investigated as war crimes

At least 198 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 58 children, with more than 1,220 injured © AFP via Getty Images

Bombardments following ‘horrific’ pattern of 2014, when Israeli military had deliberate policy of targeting family homes ‘There was no warning, so people were inside their home sitting together’ - medic describing aftermath at al-Ouf building airstrike site ‘It is not possible to use large explosive weapons … in populated areas without anticipating major civilian casualties’ - Saleh Higazi Israeli forces have displayed a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians by carrying out airstrikes targeting residential buildings, in some cases killing entire families - including

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