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.
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.
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 face discrimination in education, employment and religious freedom, an Amnesty International report said.
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.
Max Foster talks to human rights advocate, Bianca Jagger, about Amnesty International's report on capital punishment.
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.
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.
CNN's Arwa Damon reports on torture captured on video carried out allegedly by Syrian soldiers.
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 International celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Bob Dylan tribute album featuring more than 70 artists.
Egyptian courts ban virginity testing, while the army admits to conducting the tests. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports.
An Egyptian court has acquitted an army doctor accused of forcibly administering virginity tests on female detainees, state-run Nile TV said Sunday.
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.
Iran's nuclear ambitions are clouded in mystery. With new sanctions against Iran, how is it reacting? Let us explain.
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.
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.
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 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.
At least 38 people, including six children, were killed Thursday by security forces across Syria, a network of opposition activists said.
ITN's Bill Neely is near Homs, Syria, and reports there doesn't appear to be a sign of the army withdrawing tanks.
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.
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.
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.
Herman Cain talks about the Occupy Wall Street protests and who he thinks is really to blame for the economic crisis.
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.
The Higher Security Council, in charge of "organizing and securing Tripoli," announced Thursday that courts in the city will start operating next week.
Zainab Alhusni, the young woman reportedly slain and mutilated while in Syrian custody, appears to be very much alive.
A girl who claims to be the one activists say Syrian security forces brutally killed refuted the story on television.
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.
Amnesty International says a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney reports.
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.
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.
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.
CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on anti-Gadhafi forces preparing for battle against Gadhafi loyalists in Sabha, Libya.
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.
Eyewitnesses say Gadhafi loyalists killed "numerous detainees" this week at two military camps in Tripoli, Amnesty International reported on Friday.
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 must halt the death penalty, as state-sanctioned beheadings increased exponentially in the past six weeks, the London based Amnesty International said Saturday.
Amnesty International has sought to end human rights abuses around the world for 50 years. CNN's Natalie Allen reports.
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 has won an Amnesty International Media award for its documentary World's Untold Stories: Locked up and Forgotten.
CNN's David McKenzie looks into a world of anguish and misunderstanding of mentally handicapped individuals.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rebel witness says pro-Gadhafi forces are shelling Misrata and telling people to "run for their lives."
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.
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.
CNN's Arwa Damon says that temporary order is dissolving now that the military has moved out of Tahrir Square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At least nine unarmed protesters in Ivory Coast's largest city were shot and killed by security forces Thursday, eyewitnesses told Amnesty International.
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.
International outcry -- and the pleas of a devoted son -- seem to have saved an Iranian woman from being stoned to death for adultery.
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."
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.
American missiles were used in an attack that killed 55 people, including 41 civilians, in southern Yemen, Amnesty International said Monday.
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.
A new report shows that half of all women who die during pregnancy could be saved. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
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.
Tehran's Revolutionary Court sentenced 11 people to death after convicting them of participating in post-election riots, state media reported Thursday.
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."
A report by Lithuanian lawmakers says the CIA operated two "black sites" on its soil. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
An Amnesty International report says Iraq has one of the highest execution rates in the world. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
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.
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.
CNN's Nic Robertson reviews Amnesty Intl.'s claim Saudi Arabia is abusing human rights in the name of fighting terrorism.
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.
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.
Iranians wounded during protests are being seized at hospitals by members of an Islamic militia, an Amnesty International official told CNN.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nineteen political prisoners were released by the government of Myanmar over the weekend, the human rights group Amnesty International reported Tuesday.
Soldiers, insurgents and bandits routinely target civilians in Somalia for rape, robbery and murder, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday.
Ongoing violence in Somalia leaves children critically injured and forces families to abandon homes.
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.
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.
ABC's "Lost" and CBS's "King of Queens" took top family-friendly honors Wednesday at the seventh annual Family Television Awards.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Peter Benenson, the founder of the human rights group Amnesty International, has died, the group has announced.
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.
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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