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#Amnesty International

From TheJournal.ie Traveller and human rights groups to have their say on Garda oversight Transparency

Traveller and human rights groups to have their say on Garda oversight

The Oireachtas Justice Committee is holding a meeting on the issue today and had invited a number of groups to speak.

From TheJournal.ie Torture is a 'global crisis' - but more than a third of people think it can be justified Campaign

Torture is a 'global crisis' - but more than a third of people think it can be justified

Amnesty International launches its global anti-torture campaign today.

From TheJournal.ie Northern Ireland rejects same sex marriage for third time in 18 months Gay Marriage

Northern Ireland rejects same sex marriage for third time in 18 months

Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK which has not passed a law to introduce same sex marriage.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty vote NOT to cut director's €100k salary to the average industrial wage Charity

Amnesty vote NOT to cut director's €100k salary to the average industrial wage

The motion at the organisation’s annual conference this weekend was unanimously defeated.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Killing sprees’: Number of people executed worldwide spiked in 2013 Death Penalty

‘Killing sprees’: Number of people executed worldwide spiked in 2013

Amnesty International say it is due to a large number of people being put to death in Iran and Iraq.

From TheJournal.ie Some Syrians are 'eating cats and dogs' to survive Syria

Some Syrians are 'eating cats and dogs' to survive

Colm O’Gorman described the citizens of Yarmouk as “being treated like pawns in a deadly game”.

From TheJournal.ie How far could you get in 36 hours with no money? Run Forest Run

How far could you get in 36 hours with no money?

Over three hundred Irish students will find out when they take part in a jailbreak challenge tomorrow.

From TheJournal.ie People want Constitution to protect additional human rights Standard Of Living

People want Constitution to protect additional human rights

Seventy one percent of people questioned by Amnesty International believe we should be able to hold the Government to account for human rights failures, including taking it to court.

From TheJournal.ie Police spin secret 'torture roulette' wheel to choose punishment for inmates Phillipines

Police spin secret 'torture roulette' wheel to choose punishment for inmates

‘Torture consequences’ on the wheel included being hung upside down or being punched non-stop for 20 seconds.

From TheJournal.ie Government won’t say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns with Gulf states Trade Mission

Government won’t say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns with Gulf states

Enda Kenny has acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s election to the UN Human Rights Council, but the government won’t say if concerns about human rights issues are being raised with leaders there or in Qatar and UAE this week.

From TheJournal.ie European leaders 'should hang their heads' over Syrian refugee crisis Refugees

European leaders 'should hang their heads' over Syrian refugee crisis

Amnesty International said that European Union member states have only offered to open their doors to around 12,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty report into US drone attacks raises possibility of war crimes Drone Stikes

Amnesty report into US drone attacks raises possibility of war crimes

Amnesty International says that the US has failed to live up to its promise of openness with Pakistani villagers leaving in constant fear.

From TheJournal.ie Turkish authorities accused of sexual abuse and severe beating of protesters Human Rights

Turkish authorities accused of sexual abuse and severe beating of protesters

A report by Amnesty International also recorded examples of police firing plastic bullets directly at protesters’ heads.

From TheJournal.ie Victim of The Troubles: We are living scars on society The Troubles

Victim of The Troubles: We are living scars on society

A report by Amnesty International has strongly criticised attempts to deal with the events of the past and provide answers for victims and their families.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's EU presidency 'confused and inadequate' on female genital mutilation Eu Presidency

Ireland's EU presidency 'confused and inadequate' on female genital mutilation

In a review, Amnesty International described the government’s approach as “confused and inadequate”.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty Ireland: 'G20 leaders must stand up to Russia’s draconian homophobic law' G20 Meeting

Amnesty Ireland: 'G20 leaders must stand up to Russia’s draconian homophobic law'

Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty Ireland has said the anti-gay laws create a climate of intolerance.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty International joins calls for Omagh inquiry Omagh Bombing

Amnesty International joins calls for Omagh inquiry

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says that questions remain unanswered over the policing and intelligence gathering around the 1998 bombing which killed 29 people.

From TheJournal.ie Column: "They put a gun to my head and told me to shut up or they would blow it off" Opinion

Column: "They put a gun to my head and told me to shut up or they would blow it off"

Miriam Isaura López Vargas was a mother and housewife going about her daily business when she was grabbed off the street by soldiers, tortured and raped. She is just one of the many caught in the crossfire between Mexico’s police and drug gangs.

From TheJournal.ie Is the European Union funding the torture of refugees in Libya? Post-Gaddafi

Is the European Union funding the torture of refugees in Libya?

Amnesty International says European funding to secure Libyan borders is resulting in ‘holding centres’ where abuses occur.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty International: ‘Abortion laws out of line with international human rights standards’ Human Rights

Amnesty International: ‘Abortion laws out of line with international human rights standards’

Unless rape, incest, risk to a woman’s health and fatal foetal abnormality are included in Ireland’s abortion law, Amnesty International’s 2013 report notes Ireland is off base.

From TheJournal.ie Processes to handle Northern Ireland legacy issues not 'adequate' United Nations

Processes to handle Northern Ireland legacy issues not 'adequate'

A UN committee against torture will hear of a need to address human rights abuses of the past, linked to violence during The Troubles.

From TheJournal.ie World Press Freedom Day: Syria now most dangerous place for journalists Press Freedom

World Press Freedom Day: Syria now most dangerous place for journalists

It’s believed that 36 journalists have been killed there since 2011.

From TheJournal.ie Ugandan LGBT activist in Dublin to speak out for those who can't LGBT This post contains videos

Ugandan LGBT activist in Dublin to speak out for those who can't

Despite constant danger, activist Kasha Nabagesera said that she still loves her country and remains hopeful that the country will reverse its stance on homosexuality.

From TheJournal.ie Death penalty stats show increase in executions but drop in death sentences Executions This post contains videos

Death penalty stats show increase in executions but drop in death sentences

The Amnesty International figures have revealed that while the number of people executed last year rose by two, there were 201 less death sentences handed down.

From TheJournal.ie United Nations adopts global arms trade treaty United Nations

United Nations adopts global arms trade treaty

The treaty will see states, for the first time ever, prohibited from selling arms to countries when they know they will be used to carry out war crimes or genocide.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The arms trade is global, deadly and very poorly regulated Opinion

Column: The arms trade is global, deadly and very poorly regulated

A global arms trade treaty could save some of the estimated 200,000 people killed every year as a result of armed conflict – but its success depends on the US President holding his nerve, writes Colm O’Gorman. If President Obama can hold his nerve.

From TheJournal.ie Photos reveal evidence of new North Korean prison camp North Korea This post contains images

Photos reveal evidence of new North Korean prison camp

Amnesty International has called for a UN commission of inquiry to investigate suspected human rights violations.

From TheJournal.ie Colm O'Gorman: Why we can't afford to forget about Bahrain Column

Colm O'Gorman: Why we can't afford to forget about Bahrain

It is the second anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain but prisoners of conscience are still behind bars, writes the head of Amnesty International Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'State must finally accept its role': Amnesty responds to Magdalene report Laundries

'State must finally accept its role': Amnesty responds to Magdalene report

Amnesty International Ireland says the Magdalenes report reveals “major human rights abuses” and demands urgent action.

From TheJournal.ie Plane used to transfer unlawfully detained man landed at Shannon Amnesty International

Plane used to transfer unlawfully detained man landed at Shannon

The plane used by the CIA landed in Shannon Airport on its way to Macadonia to pick the man up.

From TheJournal.ie Egypt braces for rival protests Egypt

Egypt braces for rival protests

The demonstrations in Cairo come over a bitterly divisive referendum on a new constitution.

From TheJournal.ie Write for Rights: The story of Narges Mohammadi Human Rights

Write for Rights: The story of Narges Mohammadi

Imprisoned Iranian human rights worker is one of 12 the cases that Amnesty International wants to highlight – and get help with – before 2012 is out.

From TheJournal.ie Write for Rights: The story of Chiou Ho-Shun Human Rights This post contains videos

Write for Rights: The story of Chiou Ho-Shun

Taiwanese man wrongfully on death row is one of 12 the human rights abuse cases that Amnesty International wants to highlight – and get help with – before 2012 is out.

From TheJournal.ie Human Rights Commission to submit review of abortion report to Government Abortion

Human Rights Commission to submit review of abortion report to Government

The commission will review the Expert Group report and engage with the Committee of the Council of Europe on the issue.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty launches Christmas letter campaign Write For Rights

Amnesty launches Christmas letter campaign

Azza Hilal Ahmad Suleiman’s story is one of 12 the human rights group wants to highlight – and get help with – before 2012 is out.

From TheJournal.ie Over 18,000 sign petition demanding equal access to healthcare Healthcare

Over 18,000 sign petition demanding equal access to healthcare

Amnesty Ireland’s petition calls for the provision of equal access to healthcare based on the needs of the patient rather than their ability to pay.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland elected to UN Human Rights Council for first time Human Rights

Ireland elected to UN Human Rights Council for first time

Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International said that this gives the Irish Government an opportunity to play a greater role in tackling some of the major human rights issues in the world today.

From TheJournal.ie Chinese landowners setting themselves on fire over forced evictions China

Chinese landowners setting themselves on fire over forced evictions

Ordinary Chinese are turning to desperate forms of protests as local governments continue to seize land to sell the usage rights to property developers.