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# Amnesty

This year
Victims’ images projected on Parliament as UK Government urged to scrap Troubles legacy Bill
The controversial legislation is set to return to the UK Parliament this week.
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.
Russia-backed official in Ukraine dies after assassination attack
Vitaly Gura was reportedly shot multiple times at his home yesterday.
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.
Families vow to keep fighting for truth 50 years after Springhill shootings
The victims included a Catholic priest and three teenagers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethiopian opposition leaders freed under amnesty
The government said the move was designed to promote “national dialogue”.
All time
UK government has ‘fight on its hands’ over plans to ban Troubles prosecutions – McDonald
Victims groups are to travel to Downing St tomorrow.
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.
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’.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'The nightmare is over': Ibrahim Halawa has been released from prison in Egypt
The 21-year-old spent more than four years in jail.
'This is ethnic cleansing': Heat-maps show huge fires spread across Rohingya region
“The evidence is irrefutable,” Amnesty said.
'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.
'Cruel, self-defeating': Obama slams Trump's plans to scrap scheme for young undocumented immigrants
The Obama-era programme is being rescinded.
'Heading towards a conclusion': Trial of Ibrahim Halawa coming to a close
The next hearing will be on 25 July.
'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.
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?
Charlie Flanagan 'disappointed' witnesses fail to appear at Ibrahim Halawa hearing
Now aged 21, Halawa has spent almost four years in jail.
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”.
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.”
Ibrahim Halawa's trial delayed for 22nd time
Concerns have been raised about his health.
'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.
Philippines police 'being paid to kill drug dealers' says report
The Amnesty report called it a “murderous war on the poor”.
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 accuses global brands of "profiting from child labour"
The investigation claims to show a wide range of abuses.