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Ambitious conference seeks to hammer out global arms trade treatyupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 17:37:00

U.N. diplomats are in final negotiations this month on an unprecedented arms trade treaty that would clamp down on the flow of arms around the world.

Rights group: Rein in Libyan militiasupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 21:41:00

Ahead of a landmark vote in Libya, an international monitor warned that Moammar Gadhafi's successors risk repeating the ousted dictator's mistakes unless electoral winners make rule of law a top priority.

Mali facing deep crisis, Amnesty International saysupdated: Mon May 21 2012 07:33:00

Violence and the resulting displaced people have created a crisis in Mali that is the worst in its recent history, a new report by Amnesty International says.

Muslims in Europe dogged by bias, Amnesty saysupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 08:52:00

Muslims in Europe face discrimination in education, employment and religious freedom, an Amnesty International report said.

Human rights group cites violations on U.S.-Mexico borderupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 20:58:00

Latinos, immigrants and Native Americans experience "a pattern of human right violations" in the American Southwest under U.S. immigration policies, Amnesty International said in a new report.

Fewer countries using death penaltyupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 19:13:00

Max Foster talks to human rights advocate, Bianca Jagger, about Amnesty International's report on capital punishment.

Amnesty International: Fewer nations execute moreupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 19:13:00

Only 10% of countries carried out executions last year, but those employing the death penalty are doing so at an alarming rate, a new report says.

Amnesty: Syria detainees face systematic tortureupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 11:12:00

People arrested amid unrest in Syria are being subjected to systematic torture, including electric shocks, beatings and sexual violence, a report by rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Syria: Torture captured on videoupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 11:12:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on torture captured on video carried out allegedly by Syrian soldiers.

Amnesty celebrates 50th anniversary with Bob Dylan tribute albumupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 13:22:00

A compilation album commemorating the 50th anniversary of the human rights organization Amnesty International features some musicians you might expect: activist artists like Sting, Elvis Costello and the Dave Matthews Band. But it's the singers you wouldn't expect who are causing the biggest stir: namely, Miley Cyrus and Ke$ha.

Amnesty observes 50th with Dylan tributeupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 13:22:00

Amnesty International celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Bob Dylan tribute album featuring more than 70 artists.

Egyptian court bans 'virginity tests'updated: Sun Mar 11 2012 08:32:00

Egyptian courts ban virginity testing, while the army admits to conducting the tests. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.

Egyptian court acquits doctor accused of virginity testsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 08:32:00

An Egyptian court has acquitted an army doctor accused of forcibly administering virginity tests on female detainees, state-run Nile TV said Sunday.

Report: While Arab world explodes, Iran cracks down with impunityupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 15:50:00

While the world's attention has been focused on tumult in the Arab world, Iran has cracked down with impunity on dissent and is feared to come down even harder as elections approach, Amnesty International said in a sweeping report.

Explain it to me: Iranupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 15:50:00

Iran's nuclear ambitions are clouded in mystery. With new sanctions against Iran, how is it reacting? Let us explain.

Execution of web programmer in Iran may be imminentupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 19:24:00

A computer programmer from Canada faces imminent execution in Iran for the actions of another person, which he had no control over, a human rights group says.

Libyan militias 'out of control,' Amnesty International saysupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 06:14:00

Armed militias in Libya are committing human rights abuses with impunity, threatening to destabilize the country and hindering its efforts to rebuild, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Writer extradited over tweets on Prophet Mohammedupdated: Sun Feb 12 2012 15:02:00

Malaysian authorities extradited Saudi writer Hamza Kashgari back to Saudi Arabia Sunday on a warrant for his arrest over statements he made on Twitter.

Amnesty International asks U.S to stop sending arms, tear gas to Egyptupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 19:07:00

Amnesty International is demanding the United States stop allowing the export of arms and riot-control material to Egypt, where security forces have cracked down on protests.

Opposition: Dozens killed in Syriaupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 19:53:00

At least 38 people, including six children, were killed Thursday by security forces across Syria, a network of opposition activists said.

No sign of army withdrawing in Syriaupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 19:53:00

ITN's Bill Neely is near Homs, Syria, and reports there doesn't appear to be a sign of the army withdrawing tanks.

Rights groups call activists' trial "grossly unfair"updated: Thu Nov 03 2011 08:08:00

The trial of five activists in the United Arab Emirates is "grossly unfair" and "has no basis in international law," an observer appointed by a coalition of international human rights groups said Thursday.

Jailed Iranian actress is releasedupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 21:53:00

An Iranian actress who was sentenced to a year in jail and 90 lashes for appearing in a film critical of the country's government has been released, according to Amnesty International and the film's producers.

Amnesty: Killings by Dominican police 'alarming'updated: Tue Oct 25 2011 15:30:00

Police in the Dominican Republic were responsible for an "alarming" 10.5% of the nation's killings last year, Amnesty International said Tuesday, citing government statistics.

Cain: Protestors' anger is misdirectedupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 05:45:00

Herman Cain talks about the Occupy Wall Street protests and who he thinks is really to blame for the economic crisis.

Protests planned for Bush, Clinton event in Canadaupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 05:45:00

Canadian authorities braced for protests expected to take place near Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday outside an event where former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are scheduled to appear.

Courts to open in Libya, council promisesupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 18:42:00

The Higher Security Council, in charge of "organizing and securing Tripoli," announced Thursday that courts in the city will start operating next week.

Woman says she's runaway, wasn't killed in Syrian custodyupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 15:44:00

Zainab Alhusni, the young woman reportedly slain and mutilated while in Syrian custody, appears to be very much alive.

New twists in Syrian murder mysteryupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 15:44:00

A girl who claims to be the one activists say Syrian security forces brutally killed refuted the story on television.

20 doctors sentenced in Bahrain over recent unrestupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 21:12:00

A group of 20 doctors who were detained during this year's protests in Bahrain have been convicted of attempting to overthrow the government and hit with lengthy prison sentences, authorities and a human rights group said Thursday.

Woman sentenced for driving a carupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 20:22:00

Amnesty International says a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports.

Rights group decries flogging sentence for female Saudi driverupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 20:22:00

Saudi King Abdullah announced greater political participation for women in the conservative kingdom this week, but Tuesday, a human rights group decried the promised reforms in light of a flogging sentence for a woman who dared to drive a car.

Human rights group: Bring Duvalier to justice in Haitiupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 18:38:00

An international human rights monitor urged Haitian authorities to bring former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to justice for alleged human rights abuses committed during his 15-year rule.

Report: Both sides have committed war crimes in Libyaupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:24:00

The regime of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi and the rebel government -- the National Transitional Council -- have both committed war crimes during the conflict in Libya and someone needs to take control to stop abuses from continuing, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.

Libyan rebels preparing for Sabhaupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:24:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on anti-Gadhafi forces preparing for battle against Gadhafi loyalists in Sabha, Libya.

Rights group details death, torture in Syrian detentionupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 15:28:00

Amnesty International released a report Wednesday documenting the deaths of at least 88 detainees in Syria during this year's uprising against the government, including many who were apparently tortured.

Amnesty: Detainee deaths at Gadhafi military campsupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 10:06:00

Eyewitnesses say Gadhafi loyalists killed "numerous detainees" this week at two military camps in Tripoli, Amnesty International reported on Friday.

Rights group: Death threats follow Guatemala massacre trialupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 13:12:00

A team of forensic experts who testified in a high-profile trial that saw former members of the Guatemalan army convicted of crimes against humanity have received death threats for their participation, Amnesty International said Friday.

Saudi Arabia executions on the rise, Amnesty International saysupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 14:26:00

Saudi Arabia must halt the death penalty, as state-sanctioned beheadings increased exponentially in the past six weeks, the London based Amnesty International said Saturday.

50 years of Amnesty Internationalupdated: Sat May 28 2011 13:37:00

Amnesty International has sought to end human rights abuses around the world for 50 years. CNN's Natalie Allen reports.

Iconic images mark Amnesty International's 50th anniversaryupdated: Sat May 28 2011 13:37:00

Amnesty International's demand for the release of Eynulla Fatullayev, a journalist from Azerbaijan, was met just two days after the organization's UK branch launched a social media campaign.

CNN documentary wins Amnesty International awardupdated: Tue May 24 2011 17:29:00

CNN has won an Amnesty International Media award for its documentary World's Untold Stories: Locked up and Forgotten.

Locked up and forgottenupdated: Tue May 24 2011 17:29:00

CNN's David McKenzie looks into a world of anguish and misunderstanding of mentally handicapped individuals.

Amnesty: Egypt far from justice over unrest that killed more than 800updated: Thu May 19 2011 09:38:00

At least 840 people were killed and more than 6,000 injured during the Egyptian revolution earlier this year as then-President Hosni Mubarak clung to power through violence and intimidation, Amnesty International said in a report Thursday.

Amnesty International: Latin America 'dangerous' for journalistsupdated: Thu May 12 2011 20:16:00

As attackers target reporters and governments shut down television stations, Latin America ranks among the most dangerous regions for journalists, according to an Amnesty International report released Friday

State TV says Syrian military starts to leave Daraaupdated: Thu May 05 2011 14:51:00

The Syrian military began pulling out of the southwestern town of Daraa on Thursday after a mission to "restore security and calm," state TV reported.

Arrests reported to continue in Syria; rights group warns of tortureupdated: Wed May 04 2011 21:43:00

Syrian security forces arrested two people outside of the University of Damascus Wednesday as student demonstrators rallied for the release of political detainees, eyewitnesses told CNN.

Report: Torture, starvation rife in North Korea political prisonsupdated: Wed May 04 2011 12:44:00

Public executions, death by starvation and torture are common in North Korean political prisoner camps, according to testimony given to human rights group Amnesty International.

Amnesty International: World needs to intervene in Yemenupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 12:54:00

The international community needs to step up and "play a more active role" in investigating the deaths of protesters in Yemen, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Amnesty International details 'enforced disappearances' in Libyaupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 13:01:00

Atef 'Abd al-Qader Al-Atrash is a 32-year-old Libyan blogger, government critic, and a father of two young children. He has not been seen since a February 18 gathering near Benghazi.

Witness: 'Utter carnage' in Misrataupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 13:01:00

A rebel witness says pro-Gadhafi forces are shelling Misrata and telling people to "run for their lives."

Amnesty International: Executions worldwide drop 25%updated: Mon Mar 28 2011 04:47:00

Thirty one countries have abolished the death penalty but China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States and Yemen remain amongst the most frequent executioners, according to a new report from Amnesty International released Monday.

Amnesty International calls on Guatemala to solve women's killingsupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 21:31:00

Guatemalan authorities must act to stop the high numbers of women being killed in their country and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, Amnesty International said.

Military leaves, clashes heat up againupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 12:44:00

CNN's Arwa Damon says that temporary order is dissolving now that the military has moved out of Tahrir Square.

Amnesty: 2 activists detained by Egyptian policeupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 12:44:00

At least two humanitarian workers were detained by police in Egypt on Thursday after military police took over Cairo's Hisham Mubarak Law Center, Amnesty International said.

Rights group: Haiti probing Duvalier's alleged atrocitiesupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 20:36:00

The human rights group Amnesty International said Friday that Haitian authorities are launching a probe into alleged crimes against humanity committed during the 15-year rule of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.

At least 19 killed in riots in Tunisia, government official saysupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 17:15:00

Nineteen demonstrators protesting high unemployment and poor living conditions have been killed during the past two days in riots that broke out in two Tunisian cities near its border with Algeria, a government official said Monday.

Slain British aid worker's family pleads for justice after massacreupdated: Tue Dec 28 2010 05:27:00

A decade after British aid worker Charlotte Wilson was killed along with 21 others while on a bus ride in Burundi, Amnesty International and Wilson's family are still pushing the Burundi government for a full investigation of her death.

Violence flares in Ivory Coast, deaths reportedupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 21:00:00

At least nine unarmed protesters in Ivory Coast's largest city were shot and killed by security forces Thursday, eyewitnesses told Amnesty International.

Rights group: Egyptian authorities silencing critics as election nearsupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 10:48:00

A major human rights group called on Egyptian authorities Sunday to refrain from harassing candidates and their supporters after security forces reportedly arrested hundreds of activists from the biggest opposition bloc.

Quran doesn't call for stoning, experts insistupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 11:40:00

International outcry -- and the pleas of a devoted son -- seem to have saved an Iranian woman from being stoned to death for adultery.

Iran must halt woman's death by stoningupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 11:17:00

It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

Border Patrol bears increased criticism over deathupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 20:32:00

Amnesty International has joined the ranks of those criticizing the U.S. Border Patrol, calling for a "full, impartial and transparent investigation" into a shooting this week that left a 15-year-old Mexican boy dead.

U.S. missiles killed civilians in Yemen, rights group saysupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 09:44:00

American missiles were used in an attack that killed 55 people, including 41 civilians, in southern Yemen, Amnesty International said Monday.

Pro-government demonstrators swarm human rights march in Cubaupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 17:30:00

Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators in Havana, Cuba, chanted "this street belongs to Fidel" as they surrounded a slow-moving march of human rights protesters Thursday.

Pregnant women die needlesslyupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 17:06:00

A new report shows that half of all women who die during pregnancy could be saved. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Doubling of maternal deaths in U.S. 'scandalous,' rights group saysupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 17:06:00

Deaths from pregnancy and childbirth in the United States have doubled in the past 20 years, a development that a human rights group called "scandalous and disgraceful" Friday.

Iran sentences 11 demonstrators to deathupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 15:56:00

Tehran's Revolutionary Court sentenced 11 people to death after convicting them of participating in post-election riots, state media reported Thursday.

Lithuania denies report it hosted secret CIA prisonsupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 13:00:00

Lithuania's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected a report from lawmakers saying the country had hosted secret CIA prisons as part of the "war on terror."

Lithuania hosted CIA sitesupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 13:00:00

A report by Lithuanian lawmakers says the CIA operated two "black sites" on its soil. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Amnesty accuses Mexican military of tortureupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 20:29:00

The Mexican military has tortured and illegally killed citizens and committed other serious human rights violations as it battles the nation's drug cartels and organized crime groups, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.

Honduran vote to face legitimacy testupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 18:36:00

Hondurans will answer two questions Sunday when the troubled Central American nation holds elections: Who will win the presidency, and will voters heed calls for a boycott?

Honduras crisis hurts health careupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 18:36:00

UNICEF reports an increase in deaths in the last four months. As CNN's Rafael Romo reports, some blame the political crisis.

More than 200 Paraguay villagers thought sprayed with pesticideupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 06:26:00

More than 200 indigenous people who refused to vacate their land in eastern Paraguay were sprayed late last week with what some believe was pesticide, sending seven to the hospital, a government cabinet member said this week.

Report criticizes Iraq's executions; official defends justice policyupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 18:22:00

At least 1,000 prisoners are on death row in Iraq, which now has one of the highest rates of execution in the world, the human rights group Amnesty International says in a report being released Tuesday.

Iraq executions reportupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 18:22:00

An Amnesty International report says Iraq has one of the highest execution rates in the world. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Police brutality rampant in Honduras, amnesty report saysupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 04:47:00

In the seven weeks since the military-backed bloodless coup in Honduras, several hundred people protesting against the de facto government have been arbitrarily arrested and beaten by government forces, a new Amnesty International report says.

Human rights group notes 'alarming spike' in Iran executionsupdated: Fri Aug 07 2009 14:11:00

There was an "alarming spike" in the number of Iranian executions between the disputed June 12 presidential election and Wednesday's inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term, Amnesty International reported Friday.

Amnesty alleges Saudi abusesupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 11:56:00

CNN's Nic Robertson reviews Amnesty Intl.'s claim Saudi Arabia is abusing human rights in the name of fighting terrorism.

Alleged Saudi human rights abuses highlightedupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 11:56:00

Saudi Arabia's campaign against the al Qaeda terrorist network has led to "massive human rights violations" by security forces, including torture and the arrests of non-violent reformists, the human rights group Amnesty International reported Tuesday.

Peru has high maternal mortality rate, rights group saysupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 18:28:00

Pregnant women in Peru are dying at scandalous rates, according to the author of an Amnesty International report into maternal mortality in the South American country.

Report: Hospitalized Iranians seizedupdated: Sun Jun 28 2009 02:05:00

Iranians wounded during protests are being seized at hospitals by members of an Islamic militia, an Amnesty International official told CNN.

Convicted killer beheaded, put on display in Saudi Arabiaupdated: Sat May 30 2009 16:43:00

Saudi Arabian officials beheaded and then publicly displayed the body of a convicted killer in Riyadh on Friday, an act that prompted a stiff denunciation by a leading human rights monitor.

Aid agencies scramble to help displaced in Sri Lankaupdated: Tue May 19 2009 20:10:00

Humanitarian aid agencies scrambled Monday to offer help to the tens of thousands of people in need after Tamil separatists declared an end to their quarter-century struggle in Sri Lanka.

China: 5,335 students killed or missing after 2008 quakeupdated: Sun May 10 2009 22:25:00

A magnitude-7.9 earthquake that struck southwestern China last year left 5,335 students dead or missing and disabled an additional 546 children, state media reported.

Report: China intimidated parents of quake victimsupdated: Mon May 04 2009 13:45:00

Chinese government authorities have intimidated and unlawfully detained parents and relatives of children who died in last year's Sichuan earthquake and harassed their supporters, an Amnesty International report said this week.

Amnesty: Almost 2,400 executed in 2008updated: Tue Mar 24 2009 08:57:00

Almost 2,400 people worldwide were executed last year, but most countries moved a step closer toward abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Myanmar political prisoners releasedupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 14:56:00

Nineteen political prisoners were released by the government of Myanmar over the weekend, the human rights group Amnesty International reported Tuesday.

Report: Somali civilians 'routinely targeted' for brutalityupdated: Tue May 06 2008 08:44:00

Soldiers, insurgents and bandits routinely target civilians in Somalia for rape, robbery and murder, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday.

Somalia violence leaves tollupdated: Tue May 06 2008 08:44:00

Ongoing violence in Somalia leaves children critically injured and forces families to abandon homes.

Man dies after police jolt him with stun gun updated: Mon Nov 19 2007 11:23:00

A 20-year-old man died Sunday after being shot with a Taser device during a scuffle with a sheriff's deputy in Maryland, a spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

CIA flights: Amnesty accuses U.S.updated: Wed Apr 05 2006 03:43:00

The CIA has used private aircraft operators and front companies -- sometimes using European airspace -- to detain terror suspects at secret locations or transfer them to countries that condone torture, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

showbuzzupdated: Fri Dec 02 2005 14:06:00

ABC's "Lost" and CBS's "King of Queens" took top family-friendly honors Wednesday at the seventh annual Family Television Awards.

Asia's 'grim view on drug crime'updated: Thu Dec 01 2005 02:07:00

At dawn on Friday, a hangman at Changi Prison in Singapore placed a hood over the head of drug trafficker Van Nguyen, put a noose around his neck and opened a trap door in a "long-drop" procedure that killed the Australian citizen.

Cheney offended by Amnesty criticismupdated: Mon May 30 2005 15:47:00

Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday he was offended by Amnesty International's condemnation of the United States for what it called "serious human rights violations" at Guantanamo Bay.

America accusedupdated: Wed May 25 2005 17:12:00

Amnesty International's criticism of the United States is scathing. It compares U.S. treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the old Soviet prison system, calling it the "gulag of our times."

Amnesty: Record rise in executionsupdated: Tue Apr 05 2005 03:42:00

Close to 4,000 people were executed worldwide in 2004, more than at nearly any other time in the last 25 years, according to human rights organization Amnesty International.

Amnesty International founder deadupdated: Sat Feb 26 2005 11:58:00

Peter Benenson, the founder of the human rights group Amnesty International, has died, the group has announced.

Crackdown on 'honor killings'updated: Tue Oct 26 2004 18:39:00

The Pakistan National Assembly has passed a bill that would strengthen criminal laws against "honor killings," with offenders being sentenced to anywhere from 10 years to life in prison or death.

Amnesty: UK troops shot civiliansupdated: Mon May 10 2004 20:04:00

As furor grows over the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees, a report from a human rights group has charged that British troops occupying southern Iraq killed a dozen civilians who posed no threat to them.

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