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Greta Thunberg wins Amnesty's highest human rights award

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Greta Thunberg gets a standing ovation from students at The George Washington University where the ceremony was held

AMBASSADOR OF CONSCIENCE. Greta Thunberg (L) poses with Amnesty International Secretary General Kumi Naidoo (R) after receiving Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award at George Washington University in Washington, DC on September 16, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Groups hail U.N. resolution vs drug war: 'Crucial step towards justice'

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Human rights groups urge the Philippine government to coordinate with the United Nations as rights chief Michelle Bachelet is expected to write a comprehensive report on the country's situation

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Central Luzon top cop disagrees with Amnesty International report

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Central Luzon police chief tells human rights group that 4 cops have been killed and 12 seriously injured by suspected drug personalities

PH drug war killings reach 'threshold of crimes against humanity' – report

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, among others, to expedite investigations into killings in the Philippines

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of fresh 'war crimes' in Rakhine

May 29, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Army spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun denies all allegations by Amnesty International, saying the military's operations were within the law and they 'avoided harming civilians'

DENYING WAR CRIME ALLEGATIONS. Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun of Myanmar's military information committee attends a press conference in the Yangon division military headquarters in Yangon on Feburary 23, 2019. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Pakistan's muted response as Asia Bibi flees to Canada

May 09, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The silence echoes across the country's usually rambunctious media, with most newspapers glossing over the episode and primetime television shows offering it only a passing mention

ASIA BIBI. Mohammad Faisal confirms Asia Bibi's departure, telling journalists she has left the country 'at her own will' as he declines to say anything further. File photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

U.S. says Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi 'safely reunited' with family

May 08, 2019 - 6:47 PM

(UPDATED) It is not clear when Bibi may have left or where she may have gone, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declines to confirm whether she has arrived in Canada

30,000 int'l petitioners to PH: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Amnesty International Australia sends the petition, with nearly 30,000 signatures, to Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUPPORT. Amnesty International Australia sent a petition to the Department of Justice, asking to drop the charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The petition is signed by nearly 30,000 others. Photo from Amnesty International Australia

Amnesty International Philippines calls 'to take action' after Maria Ressa's arrest

Mar 29, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The human rights group says if you 'think the trumped up charges against Maria Ressa is a form of harassment... Write to DOJ to express your concern'

Human rights in Hong Kong 'deteriorating severely' – Amnesty

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'The concept of 'national security' as used by Hong Kong government...is arbitrarily applied to suppress dissent and political opposition,' the Amnesty International report says

HUMAN RIGHTS. Hong Kong enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland but fears are growing that those liberties are being eroded as Beijing flexes its muscles. Image via Shutterstock

Malaysia accused of U-turn on death penalty abolition

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:46 PM

The government will only repeal the mandatory death penalty, which means it will be at a judge's discretion whether to order someone to hang or send them to jail for offenses where a death sentence is currently mandatory

DEATH PENALTY. As a pedestrian (L) walks past, a grim message of Malaysia's mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking adorns the perimeter wall of the historic Pudu Jail downtown Kuala Lumpur on November 1, 2007. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Impunity reigned in Middle East in 2018, says Amnesty International

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

'Is it acceptable for activists to undergo arbitrary detention, torture, sexual harassment ... and even enforced disappearances simply for expressing their opinions in a peaceful way,' says rights watchdog

Journalists, institutions decry 'absurd legal attack' against Rappler

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(UPDATED) Journalist groups and institutions denounce the weaponization of anti-cybercrime laws

Pakistan rejects challenge against Asia Bibi acquittal

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'She should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice,' Amnesty International says in a statement

FREE. This file handout photograph taken on November 20, 2010 and released by the Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab shows Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi (C) sitting next to the then-governor of Punjab Salman Taseer (R) as she appealed her death sentence for blasphemy charges at the Central Jail in Sheikhupura. AFP PHOTO / Directorate General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab

UAE activist Mansoor loses appeal against 10-year term – Amnesty

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Amnesty International says that the ruling 'confirms there is no space for free expression in the United Arab Emirates'

Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honor

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:45 PM

'Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you,' says the group

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Amnesty International condemns US-led coalition over Raqa civilian killings

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

'The US-led coalition's ongoing failure to admit to, let alone adequately investigate, the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction it caused in Raqa is a slap in the face for survivors,' Amnesty International says in a statement

RAQA. A member of the first response team tours the courtyard of the National Hospital building in the northern Syria city of Raqa, which was the final bastion of IS fighters, on October 13, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Court sentences Egypt activist who slammed sexual harassment

Sep 30, 2018 - 1:30 AM

Amnesty International denounces the 'disgraceful' verdict against Amal Fathi who, it says, is sentenced 'simply for her courage to speak out against sexual harassment'

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The cited figure is more than double government estimates, and could be as high as 65, according to another source

FLEEING THE VIOLENCE. People who fled the violence in the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa sit at a youth centre used as a temporary shelter, on September 18, 2018. Photo by AFP.

Amnesty International launches external probes after second staff suicide

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Roz McGregor, 28, from London, took her own life earlier this summer, following the May 26 death of Gaetan Mootoo, a well-known researcher for West Africa.

SUICIDE PROBES. The logo of NGO Amnesty International is projected onto the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French national assembly, late on June 18, 2018. Photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Amnesty International alleges 'hostile' government behind spyware attack

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The group says one of its staff received a suspicious WhatsApp message by smartphone, containing a link that – if downloaded – would have installed Pegasus, a sophisticated surveillance tool developed by Israel-based NSO Group

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. The logo of NGO Amnesty International is projected onto the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French national assembly, late on June 18, 2018. File photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Monday's execution serves as a 'lesson to deter those who wanted to commit serious crime,' Thailand's Department of Corrections says in a statement

Amnesty International accuses Egypt of 'torture' in solitary confinement

May 07, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Amnesty's investigation 'reveals that prisoners detained on politically motivated charges are being held in prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement in Egypt – at times for several years – which in and of itself amounts to torture'

Prone to abuse: State surveillance as a tool to silence critics

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Human rights activists say the conduct of both physical and communication surveillance is prone to abuse and is a violation of a citizen's right to privacy

Myanmar erects security posts on burned Rohingya land – Amnesty International

Mar 12, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The new Amnesty report, 'Remaking Rakhine State,' uses satellite imagery and interviews to point to a rapid increase in military infrastructure and other construction since the start of the year which researchers say amounts to a 'land grab'

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Amnesty Int'l urges PH gov't to release De Lima

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'It is a sad state of affairs when the Philippines government is more interested in jailing critics than preventing police from killing thousands of mainly poor people,' says Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific James Gomez

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Feb 22, 2018 - 8:40 PM

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Freedom of expression now 'battlefield' in fight for human rights – Amnesty Int'l

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Amnesty International Philippines' Jose Noel Olano says there is a 'diminishing space' in the area of freedom of expression in the Philippines, making the ability to voice out, criticize, check government become more dangerous

FIGHT. Jose Noel Olano, Section Director of Amnesty International Philippines, says freedom of expression now a battlefield in fight for human rights. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Roque on feminists, Duterte on dictatorship, Facebook downvote tool | Evening wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Rights groups laud Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of PH drug war

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:27 PM

'The ICC’s action is a rebuke of the Philippine government’s campaign of denial and distraction seemingly designed to deflect growing evidence of extrajudicial executions,' says Human Rights Watch

Human rights activists on UN visit to Indonesia: 'Hopeful but not optimistic'

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:17 PM

As Indonesia awaits the arrival of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner, advocacy groups understand the visit's impact but are realistic in their expectations

Amnesty International slams 'alarming attempt' to silence Rappler

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:26 PM

James Gomez, Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, adds, 'The Philippine government should focus on ending and investigating violations, mostly against poor communities, in the ‘war on drugs,’ not trying to silence the messenger'

Iraq hangs 38 members of ISIS, Qaeda for 'terrorism'

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:17 PM

Rights watchdog Amnesty International has voiced repeated concerns about the use of the death penalty in Iraq, which it ranks as one of the world's top executioners behind China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

Amnesty accuses Europe of 'complicity' in abuse of Libya migrants

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:15 AM

AI accuses European governments of 'actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants' to prevent them from crossing the Mediterranean

HOPEFUL MIGRANTS. A picture taken on November 27, 2017 shows African migrants waiting outside in a courtyard at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Taha Jawashi/AFP

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

'Strong resolution' needed on Myanmar at UN meet – Amnesty

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:23 PM

Amnesty urges members to keep the pressure on and says authorities in Myanmar are committing crimes against humanity that are continuing on a 'daily basis'

DISTRESSED. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees sit under a shelter during rainfall at Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

Dec 04, 2017 - 8:02 AM

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

Schoolmates pay their last visit during the wake of Kian Delos Santos on August 25, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'More bloodshed, deaths' as PNP returns to war on drugs, says rights orgs

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International warn that the return of the Philippine National Police in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war can lead to more deaths

Amnesty accuses Myanmar of imposing 'apartheid' on Rohingya

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:25 PM

An Amnesty International report details how years of persecution have curated the current crisis

BURNING UP. In this file photo, smoke rises from what is believed to be a burning village in the area near Maungdaw in Myanmar's Rakhine state on August 30, 2017.  Stringer/AFP

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Nov 17, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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PH military on Amnesty Int'l report: Abusive soldiers will be disciplined

Nov 17, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The military remains committed to upholding international humanitarian law and protection of human rights, says AFP spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Nov 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM

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Both sides in Marawi siege committed abuses – Amnesty Int'l

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:06 AM

An Amnesty International report says the civilian population in Marawi City suffered immensely from abuses of both members of the Maute Group and government forces

Human rights activists released from Turkish jail

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Eight human rights activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director Idil Eser, were greeted by celebrating relatives and supporters as they were released from jail near Istanbul

FREE. Activist Peter Steudtner (2nd R) of Germany and Ali Gharavi (2nd L) of Sweden talk to the media after their release from Silivri prison in Istanbul on October 26, 2017. Yasin Akgul/AFP

US-made bomb used in fatal strike on Yemen children – Amnesty

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:37 PM

'We can now conclusively say that the bomb that killed Buthaina's parents and siblings, and other civilians, was made in the USA,' says Amnesty's Middle East research director Lynn Maalouf.

AMERICAN BOMB. Yemenis stand on October 8, 2016 next to the rubble of a house that was hit the day before by a reported airstrike by Saudi-led coalition air-planes in Bajil, killing one family, in the western province of Houdieda.  Portion of background photo by AFP

Ribuan orang tandatangani petisi melawan pelarangan seminar sejarah 1965

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Amnesty International Indonesia mempetisikan Jokowi untuk menegur Kapolri yang melarang diskusi mengenai tragedi 1965

Massa mengepung dan melakukan orasi di depan kantor Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta, pada 17 September 2017. Mereka menuntut kantor LBH Jakarta ditutup lantaran diduga menggelar kegiatan terkait PKI atau komunisme. Foto oleh Muhammad Adimaja/Antara