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Amnesty International slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

By Mon, Aug 11, 2014 4:35PM UTC Comments Off

Amnesty International says the U.S. has failed to properly investigate Afghan civilian deaths, even possible war crimes, which occurred during military operations in Afghanistan....

Report: Global executions up 15 percent in 2013

By Thu, Mar 27, 2014 11:14AM UTC Comments Off

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report says the number of reported executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death. The Amnesty International report released Thursday says the 778 executions it was able to count last year don’t...

Amnesty appeals to Filipino captors of 2 sisters

By Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:48AM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amnesty International and the family of two Filipino-Algerian sisters called for suspected Islamic militants to release the women immediately, saying Thursday that they are human rights defenders and filmmakers who focused on the plight of impoverished Muslims in the southern Philippines. Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were taken by about 10 suspected...

Burma forms committee to oversee release of political prisoners

By Thu, Feb 07, 2013 4:01PM UTC Comments Off Family members of Burma prisoners wait outside Insein Prison in Yangon Oct. 12, 2011 following an announcement that more than 6,300 inmates would be released. Unfortunately, very few of those were political prisoners. (Pic: AP)

Burma formed a committee Wednesday to look atthe remaining political prisoners serving their terms in prisons throughout the country so as to grant them liberty, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported this week. Government of Burma has been granting amnesty to prisoners of conscience serving their terms in prisons across the nation, though some...

Australia: Boat people to experience homestay

By Thu, May 03, 2012 5:39PM UTC Comments Off Detainees stage a protest on a rooftop of the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney in March. (Photo: AP)

Following the launch of the Community Placement Network (CPN) today, about 5000 asylum seekers will be able to experience a decent life in a homestay program. The 6-week refugee homestay, an initial scheme to ease overcrowded detention centres, is expected to kick off two weeks from now. CPN is designed to accommodate asylum seekers released from...

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