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    Myanmar: Military’s mass grave admission exposes extrajudicial killings of Rohingya

    Following today’s admission by Myanmar’s military that security forces and villagers summarily killed 10 captured Rohingya people and buried them in a mass grave outside Inn Din, a village in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: “This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the […]

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    Pakistan: End impunity for attacks on journalists

    The attacks on Taha Siddiqui and other Pakistani journalists must be immediately and effectively investigated by the authorities, Amnesty International said today, calling for an end to impunity for such attacks. Taha Siddiqui was driving to Islamabad airport at 8:20am today when the car he was traveling in was besieged by at least 10 armed […]

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    Iran: Easing of deadly drugs laws may spare hundreds from gallows

    Responding to news today that Iran will implement amended drugs laws and remove capital punishment for some drug trafficking offenses, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said: Iran’s deadly anti-drugs campaign has had an enormous human toll over the years, resulting in gross human rights violations in the name of […]

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    Refugee children in Europe dream big in UNHCR project

    By UNHCR staff  |  10 January 2018   |  Français Benjamin Heertje, Kris Pouw, Debra Barraud and Annegien Schilling in Berlin for The Dream Diaries project.  © UNHCR/Kris Pouw GENEVA – Four young online creators have travelled more than 7,000 kilometres across Europe to meet a dozen refugee and asylum-seeking children as part of a new project, in association with UNHCR, […]

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    Central African refugees, exiled across the river, long for home

    Credits: Walter Kigali, camera-editor / Vania Turner, producer  |  10 January 2018 Central African refugees, exiled across the river, long for home Over 60,000 refugees from Central African Republic have fled across the Ubangi River to the northwestern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo since fighting erupted in May. But in Kpapko, a refugee settlement not far from […]

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    Sorrow stalks Iraqi Christians in Lebanon

    Faheemah, now 82 and largely bedridden, fled from Iraq to Lebanon with her grandson and other family members.  © UNHCR/Matthew Saltmarsh BEIRUT, Lebanon – In the hardscrabble Beirut suburb of Sad al Baoushriye, the narrow apartment rented by the Yousifs, a family of refugees from northern Iraq, is shrouded in sorrow. The Yousifs were forced to […]

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    Iran: Investigate reports of protester deaths in custody

    The Iranian authorities must immediately investigate reports that at least five people have died in custody following a crackdown on anti-establishment protests, and take all necessary steps to protect detainees from torture and prevent any further deaths, Amnesty International said today.  “The shroud of secrecy and lack of transparency over what happened to these detainees […]