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#Amnesty International

# amnesty-international - Monday 12 November, 2012

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.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 11 October, 2012

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.

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Petitions in three Irish cities to mark World Death Penalty Day

Amnesty International Ireland will collect signatures hoping to prevent the execution of Anthony Haynes in Texas this month.

# amnesty-international - Saturday 11 August, 2012

My favourite speech: executive director of Amnesty International Colm O'Gorman Famous Words This post contains videos

My favourite speech: executive director of Amnesty International Colm O'Gorman

Continuing our summer series on of public figures’ favourite speeches, Colm O’Gorman picks the first major speech of the president who saw Czechoslovakia become the Czech Republic.

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 8 August, 2012

Syria: Amnesty releases satellite images of Aleppo activity Syria This post contains images

Syria: Amnesty releases satellite images of Aleppo activity

Images taken in and around Aleppo recently show increased use of heavy weapons in the area.

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 1 August, 2012

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning. Here’s nine things to know today.

# amnesty-international - Friday 27 July, 2012

UN appeals for progress as deadline looms for global arms treaty

Tonight is the deadline for the draft of a new global deal to regulate the arms trade – but progress has been slow.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 5 July, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Constitutional convention warned to examine '21st century challenges'

A number of groups have written to the Taoiseach to say that the changes to the Constitution should include rights such as access to housing and healthcare.

# amnesty-international - Monday 18 June, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi in Ireland: Full details of public event

The Burmese democracy icon will receive the Freedom of Dublin and be serenaded at public concert. Here’s the running order for the night.

# amnesty-international - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Column: Aung San Suu Kyi’s Irish visit is a historic moment. Here’s why.

The iconic former political prisoner is able to travel at last. Let’s stand with her, writes Colm O’Gorman.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 14 June, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Europe

The General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Burma will arrive in Ireland on 18 June. Today, she will speak in Geneva at the UN’s International Labour Organisation.

Burnt bodies and tortured children: Amnesty finds 'shocking' new evidence of killings and torture in Syria Syria This post contains videos

Burnt bodies and tortured children: Amnesty finds 'shocking' new evidence of killings and torture in Syria

The group said they have eye-witness accounts of relatives being ‘dragged away and shot’ and victims’ bodies being set on fire.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Giant banner welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi to Ireland

Amnesty International and Dublin City Council erected the welcome sign this afternoon at Liberty Hall.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 24 May, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Every morning, brings you the nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

Mental health services inadequate, prisons below standards - Amnesty Human Rights This post contains videos

Mental health services inadequate, prisons below standards - Amnesty

In its annual report on the state of human rights in the world, the organisation also said that the UN Security Council had not shown the same courage as those who had participated in the Arab Spring.

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

'Vital' role of journalists stressed ahead of World Press Freedom Day

The National Union of Journalists and Amnesty International Ireland joined together today to remember journalists who have been killed during the course of their work.

# amnesty-international - Monday 23 April, 2012

Column: What kind of Constitutional Convention do you want?

The upcoming exploration of what reforms should be made to the Irish Constitution is a good time for us to make sure socio-economic rights and equality are set in stone for the future.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Torture and other human rights abuses continuing in Bahrain – Amnesty report

The Bahraini government insists it is on the road to reform – but Amnesty International has condemned its “piecemeal” efforts, accusing that state of continuing human rights violations including torture.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Amnesty asks: Should cute people have quicker access to hospitals?

The rhetorical question forms part of an Amnesty International Ireland campaign to support healthcare provision for all.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

China is the world's 'number one executioner' - Amnesty report Death Penalty This post contains videos

China is the world's 'number one executioner' - Amnesty report

A new report says that the number of countries who have the death penalty is declining but there has been a surge in the number of executions in the Middle East.

# amnesty-international - Monday 19 March, 2012

Amnesty hits out at NATO failure to investigate Libyan deaths

Amnesty International has said that NATO failed to investigate the killing of scores of civiilans in Libyan airstrikes carried out by its forces.

# amnesty-international - Sunday 18 March, 2012

Yemen says more than 2,000 killed in uprising

The figure is much higher than human rights groups had estimated. Earlier this year Amnesty International estimated that 200 protesters had been killed in the uprising.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 15 March, 2012

Ireland signs protocol on violence against women

The Government signed the Council of Europe Convention on Violence Against Women, a move which was welcomed by Amnesty International at today’s Universal Periodic Review.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

From The42 Cameron rejects call for Olympic boycott Protest

Cameron rejects call for Olympic boycott

David Cameron claims Olympic sponsor Dow Chemical bears no responsibility for either the Bhopal gas disaster or mismanaged efforts to decontaminate the Indian region.

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 7 March, 2012

# amnesty-international - Monday 27 February, 2012

Spanish judge acquitted in controversial jurisdiction trial

Baltasar Garzon did not knowingly violate the limits of his jurisdiction when investigating atrocities linked to the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39, judges ruled today.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 16 February, 2012

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know by 9am: Half of waste water plans not up to scratch, insurance complaints on the rise, and could a curry help you beat dementia?

# amnesty-international - Saturday 11 February, 2012

‘Solidarity with Syria’ vigils for Dublin and Galway

The vigils are being held as part of an Amnesty International Global Day of Action, in solidarity with the victims of the conflict in Syria. A minute’s silence will also be observed.

# amnesty-international - Monday 16 January, 2012

The story behind the giant banner on St Stephen's Green

You may have seen the picture of Abdulhadi Al Khawaja – but do you know why a three-storey-high banner of him is hanging from a building in the centre of Dublin?

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Guantanamo 10 years on: hopes for closure fade, detainees remain in limbo Guantánamo This post contains videos

Guantanamo 10 years on: hopes for closure fade, detainees remain in limbo

The notorious detention centre has now been open for ten years and, with indefinite military detention now enshrined in US law, hope is fading that it will be closed down as pledged.

# amnesty-international - Monday 12 December, 2011

Woman beheaded in Saudi Arabia for 'sorcery'

Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland has called the killing an “appalling and sickening act”.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 1 December, 2011

More clerical child abuse investigations may be needed - minister

Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald said the government would take expense into account when considering whether to commission further probes.

# amnesty-international - Monday 26 September, 2011

Clerical abuse in Ireland tantamount to torture: report

A study into the Ferns, Murphy, Ryan and Cloyne child abuse reports criticises the lack of prosecution against child sexual and physical abusers and those who concealed that abuse.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 13 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know by 9am: Four in court over halting site slavery, Amnesty finds human rights abuses on both sides in Libya, and more pressure on Ryan Tubridy…

Libya’s civil war: lynching, cluster bombs and enforced disappearances

In its report on the six-month-long conflict, Amnesty International says a range of human rights abuses and potential war crimes have been committed by both sides.

# amnesty-international - Thursday 1 September, 2011

Libyan rebels round up black Africans

The African Union and Amnesty International have protested the treatment of black Africans inside Libya – following thousands bring rounded up and put in makeshift prisons on suspicion of being mercenaries.

# amnesty-international - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Protesters - including children - tortured and killed in Syrian prisons: report

Amnesty International has released the names of protesters who have died in detention in Syria: most victims show evidence of being severely tortured.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 23 August, 2011

Thousands of Egyptians facing forced evictions from slums: report Forced Evictions This post contains videos

Thousands of Egyptians facing forced evictions from slums: report

Amnesty International is calling on the Egyptian authorities to protect the rights of the country’s 12 million slum-dwellers.

# amnesty-international - Tuesday 16 August, 2011

Amnesty International ‘regrets’ accusing Aviva of investing in cluster bomb-makers

Human rights group forced into U-turn after statement this morning was found to have ‘out-of-date information’ on Aviva.