Hong Kong: Hundreds of thousands march peacefully against proposed extradition bill

In response to another march this afternoon where hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, Man-Kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong said: “The people of Hong Kong have once again demonstrated their resolve by taking part in a peaceful demonstration against a proposed extradition bill. The Hong Kong government must immediately withdraw […]

Russia Authorities raid human rights offices, confiscate vital documents

Responding to today’s raid of the office of human rights organization Russia Justice Initiative (RJI) by police in the Republic of Ingushetia in the North Caucasus in Russia, Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International, said: “Without a court warrant police searched the office of Russia Justice Initiative and seized confidential documents, including legal contracts, […]

Jammu and Kashmir: UN Security Council must uphold peace and security

Ahead of a closed-door consultation on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Security Council today, Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International said: The people of Jammu and Kashmir should not be treated as pawns in a political crisis, and the international community must come together to call for their human rights […]

Tanzania: Drop trumped-up charges against journalist

Ahead of Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera’s next appearance in court on 19 August, when he will be required to enter a plea on charges of leading organized crime and money laundering, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki, said: The trial of Erick Kabendera is a travesty as […]

Zimbabwe: Police must be held accountable for appalling assault on protesters

In response to the brutal assault on peaceful protesters who gathered in the Harare CBD earlier today in anticipation of the “16 August” national protests, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said: “The scenes in Harare today demonstrate just how far the authorities will go to repress dissent. Baton-wielding police unleashed […]

Libya: Fears mount for abducted woman politician a month since she went missing

Fears are mounting for the safety of Siham Sergiwa, a Libyan member of parliament, vocal in criticising the current offensive on Tripoli, who was abducted by armed gunmen in a night-time raid on her home in Benghazi one month ago, said Amnesty International. Dozens of masked gunmen wearing army attire stormed Siham Sergiwa’s home and […]

Jamaica: Six police officers charged over killing of Matthew Lee

Reacting to the announcement that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), Jamaica’s independent police oversight body, presented charges against six members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) following a six-and-a-half-year investigation into the fatal shooting of Matthew Lee, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “We welcome the Independent Commission of Investigations’ continuous and […]

Sudan: Former president Omar al-Bashir must not escape international trial

Former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir must face justice for crimes under international law, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, that he allegedly committed in Darfur while in power, Amnesty International said ahead of the start of his trial on corruption charges on 18 August in Khartoum. While this trial is a positive step […]

Malawi: Human rights defender survives petrol-bomb attack, car burned to ashes

In response to a petrol bomb attack targeting the home and car of Malawian human rights defender and activist Timothy Mtambo, which took place in the early hours of this morning, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said: This cowardly and malicious attack on Timothy Mtambo’s property is a clear act […]