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Amnesty says Torture, Rights Abuses Persist in Bahrain Despite Reforms

DUBAI, Nov 21 – Torture and other forms of ill-treatment persist in Bahrain despite reforms introduced by the Gulf Arab kingdom to address alleged human rights abuses after a 2011 uprising, Amnesty International said on Monday. An Amnesty report assessing the work of oversight bodies set up to deal with grievances or guard against further

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Amnesty says U.S. Coalition Underestimated Impact on Civilians in Syria

Oct 26 – The U.S.-led coalition fighting Daesh militants has not taken enough precautions to avoid civilian casualties in Syria and has underestimated the impact of its operations on civilians, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. “It’s high time the U.S. authorities came clean about the full extent of the civilian damage caused by coalition attacks

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“Unfair” Refugee Distribution Stokes Global Crisis

LONDON, Oct 4 – The burden of the global refugee crisis is being unfairly shared, with just 10 countries hosting the majority of refugees, humanitarian groups said, urging wealthy nations to step up their response. Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has pushed the total number of refugees to a record 21.3 million

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Iraq Holding Hundreds of Detainees in “Inhumane Conditions”: Amnesty

BAGHDAD, May 3 – Amnesty International said on Tuesday Iraq is holding more than 1,000 detainees, some as young as 15, without charge in “inhumane and degrading conditions” at makeshift holding centres in western Anbar province. The London-based human rights watchdog said 683 men have been crammed into disused warehouses in Amiriyat al-Falluja, just west

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Executions Hit Highest Level in 25 Years in 2015: Amnesty

BERLIN, April 6 – There were more executions worldwide in 2015 than in any year since 1990 and almost 90 percent occurred in three countries – Iran,Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday. At least 1,634 people were executed last year, the organisation said, adding that the actual number was

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Amnesty Says Turkey Illegally Sending Syrians Back to War Zone

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 1 – Turkey has illegally returned thousands of Syrians to their war-torn homeland in recent months, highlighting the dangers for migrants sent back from Europe under a deal due to come into effect next week, Amnesty International said on Friday. Turkey agreed with the EU this month

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Saudi Reporter Jailed For 5 Years For Insulting Rulers: Amnesty

DUBAI, March 27  – Saudi Arabia has sentenced a journalist to five years in jail for insulting the kingdom’s rulers and “inciting public opinion” on Twitter, Amnesty International said. Amnesty described the sentencing of Alaa Brinji on Thursday as “a clear violation of international law” and said it showed intolerance of the right to peaceful

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EU-Turkey Migrant Plan is Morally, Legally Flawed: Amnesty

DUBAI, March 13 (Reuters) – A draft European Union plan to send back some migrants to Turkey has legal and moral flaws and could put vulnerable people at risk, the head of Amnesty International said, calling on Europe to take in more people seeking refuge instead. Under a tentative deal struck last Monday, Turkey agreed

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Turkish Police Round Up Syrian Refugees

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Dec 27 – Ghada’s five children cried out in terror when police broke into their run-down Istanbul flat at dawn and ordered the 36-year-old Syrian’s family onto a bus, without saying why. The family of seven from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was among a group of refugees rounded up

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