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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Amnesty

Last year
Larry Donnelly: Biden’s student debt initiative is a welcome drop in the ocean
Our columnist looks at the prohibitive cost of education in the US and Biden’s recent efforts to address this.
# Vitaly Gura
Russia-backed official in Ukraine dies after assassination attack
Vitaly Gura was reportedly shot multiple times at his home yesterday.
# Ukraine
Head of Amnesty Ukraine quits over human rights report
The controversy was sparked by an Amnesty report criticising the Ukrainian military for how it has conducted its operations.
# Springhill Shootings
Families vow to keep fighting for truth 50 years after Springhill shootings
The victims included a Catholic priest and three teenagers.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney has 'serious concerns' around new Troubles amnesty legislation
The proposals are almost universally opposed by political parties across the UK and Ireland as well as victims’ groups.
# Amnesty
UK Government set to bring forward Troubles legacy proposals
It comes the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland in a bid to restore power-sharing.
# War Crimes
Russian forces executed and raped civilians in apparent war crimes, Amnesty investigators find
Russian forces carried out “acts of unspeakable cruelty and shocking brutality”, according to Amnesty International.
# ni
UK government to prepare to ensure availability of abortion services in Northern Ireland
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has set out the legislative options being explored in a written ministerial statement.
Mike Murphy: Why I’m supporting a call on the EU to ban trade with illegal Israeli settlements
The broadcaster lends his support to a group of NGOs seeking an end to EU trade with Israeli settlements in occupied territories.
# Ethiopia
Ethiopian opposition leaders freed under amnesty
The government said the move was designed to promote “national dialogue”.
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# Sinn Féin
UK government has ‘fight on its hands’ over plans to ban Troubles prosecutions – McDonald
Victims groups are to travel to Downing St tomorrow.
# Nothern Ireland
Anger over UK government’s plan to ban Troubles prosecutions continues to grow
A former chief constable said the plans for a statute of limitations did not sit comfortably with him.
# Intellectual Property
Irish pharma lobby criticises Covid vaccine IP waiver but campaigners say drugmakers have 'lost the argument'
Amnesty boss Colm O’Gorman has accused drug companies of ‘reprehensible scaremongering’.
# Northern Ireland
Church or ministers won't have to provide same-sex marriage in the North under proposed law
Amnesty International said: “If a church wishes to offer weddings to same-sex couples of faith, then the law should not get in the way.”
# restrictions
New Zealanders hand in more than 56,000 guns after assault weapon ban
The government banned the most lethal types of semi-automatic weapons after a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two mosques.
# Amnesty
Nicaragua to release protesters arrested during last year's uprising
The bill passed by parliament also closes the door on investigating and punishing security forces involved in repressing the protests.
# Rights Today
Rise of 'tough guy' world leaders 'mirrors the rise of fascism in the 1930s'
A new report said some leaders are using “bully tactics” to “demonise and persecute” vulnerable people.
# Funding
Sipo's order that Amnesty should return €137,000 grant is quashed after High Court appeal
The donation was for Amnesty’s ‘My Body, My Rights’ campaign which sought a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
# Amnesty International
Iraqi women suspected of IS links being sexually exploited and refused aid
An Amnesty International report has expressed concern about how women and children are sexually exploited.
# Death Penalty
Almost 1,000 executions were recorded last year, including beheadings and lethal injections
Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan – in that order.
# Debate
Belfast City Council passes motion to decriminalise use of abortion pills
The North’s abortion laws are considered some of the most severe in the world, according to Amnesty.
# Torture
Treatment of 'hooded men' wasn't torture, human rights court rules
The case involves the alleged torture and ill-treatment of 14 men who were interned in the North in 1971.
# Eighth Amendment
Amnesty boss says watchdog's grant decision could prove 'catastrophic'
The organisation is seeking legal advice about an ongoing dispute over a €137,000 grant it received.
# George Soros
Standards commission explains why George Soros' donation to fund Amnesty abortion campaign was illegal
The law bans any foreign donations that aren’t from an Irish citizen who resides outside the island.
# Homeward Bound
'The nightmare is over': Ibrahim Halawa has been released from prison in Egypt
The 21-year-old spent more than four years in jail.
# Myanmar
'This is ethnic cleansing': Heat-maps show huge fires spread across Rohingya region
“The evidence is irrefutable,” Amnesty said.
# Bosnian War
'I don’t trust anyone any more, they all failed me' - The sexual victims of Bosnia's war
Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland says the report shows that the women are being forgotten.
# obama scheme
'Cruel, self-defeating': Obama slams Trump's plans to scrap scheme for young undocumented immigrants
The Obama-era programme is being rescinded.
# Cairo
'Heading towards a conclusion': Trial of Ibrahim Halawa coming to a close
The next hearing will be on 25 July.
# South Sudan
'If men are caught, they are killed. If women are caught, they are raped'
Men, women and children in South Sudan have been shot, hacked to death with machetes and burnt alive.
# War on Terror
Is the UK taking a step back from human rights protections?
Theresa May is talking about ‘ripping up’ human rights laws – so how important is it that she doesn’t?
# Cairo
Charlie Flanagan 'disappointed' witnesses fail to appear at Ibrahim Halawa hearing
Now aged 21, Halawa has spent almost four years in jail.
# Xie Yang
China releases human rights lawyer after 'show trial'
Xie Yang, who was arrested in 2015, pleaded guilty to charges of “inciting subversion of state power”.
# gender surgery
Children in Denmark and Germany 'scarred by surgery to normalise their sex'
“We’re talking about incisions being made to sensitive tissue, with life-long consequences, all because of stereotypes about what a boy or girl should look like.”
# Egypt
Ibrahim Halawa's trial delayed for 22nd time
Concerns have been raised about his health.
# sex laws
'This approach will not help victims of trafficking': Groups at odds as sex bill passes final stage
The new laws criminalise the purchase of sexual services in Ireland.
# Drug War
Philippines police 'being paid to kill drug dealers' says report
The Amnesty report called it a “murderous war on the poor”.
# bin the blade
Knife amnesty to combat stabbings set to come to the capital
The plans come in the wake of three serious stabbings in the last four weeks.
# Amnesty
Amnesty accuses global brands of "profiting from child labour"
The investigation claims to show a wide range of abuses.
# murder capitals
'Millions live in constant terror': Amnesty International on Central America
The human rights group has said more must be done to tackle what is fast-becoming another out-of-control refugee crisis.