Amnesty

  • Hundreds of Indians trapped in Iraq's Najaf: Amnesty International June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Amnesty International India on Saturday claimed that fresh evidence has emerged about hundreds of Indians stranded in Najaf province of crisis-hit Iraq. The human rights watchdog claimed it had spoken over the phone with some Indian workers working for an infrastructure and construction company who said they were in...
  • Six more Greenpeace activists leave Russia December 27, 2013

    Six more of the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest over Arctic oil drilling left Russia on Friday after being granted an amnesty, the environmental group said. The departure of the five Britons and one Canadian follows that of the first of the "Arctic 30" to leave Russia on Thursday....
  • World View: Should PM attend the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo in November? October 26, 2013

    In the past 4 years, Sri Lanka has taken many steps, along with the Indian government's help towards addressing the concerns over its treatment of the Tamil minority from holding elections, to rebuild the Northern Province. His decision to skip the meet is likely to jeopardise the process and lose...
  • Amnesty urges Egypt to probe killing of Morsi protesters October 15, 2013

    Cairo: Rights group Amnesty International has called on Egypt's government to launch a full and impartial investigation into the use of live ammunition by police to disperse protesters last week. The London-based group on Monday said police used excessive and deadly force against supporters of the ousted Islamist president and that,...
  • Commute all death sentences to life imprisonment: Amnesty urges India October 9, 2013

    Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Indian authorities to commute all death sentences to life imprisonment and impose a moratorium on executions. The Amnesty appeal came a day ahead of the World Day Against Death Penalty on Thursday. Amnesty said at least 23 people in India were at risk of execution. The cases of...
  • Malala Yousafzai to be honoured with top Amnesty award September 17, 2013

    Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and American singer, human rights and social justice activist Harry Belafonte were on Tuesday named as joint recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013. The Ambassador of Conscience Award is the human rights group's highest honour, recognising individuals who have...
  • Death penalty won't end crimes against women: Amnesty September 13, 2013

    Far-reaching procedural and institutional reform, and not the death penalty, is needed to tackle the endemic problem of violence against women in India, Amnesty International India said on Friday after four men convicted of the December 2012 gangrape were sentenced to death by a court in New Delhi. The court...
  • 3,000 Sri Lankan workers return after Saudi amnesty July 18, 2013

    Colombo: Over 3,000 Sri Lankan migrant workers having expired visas returned home under a special amnesty granted by the Saudi Arabian government, an official statement here said on Wednesday. These workers were the first to return, and more are expected to come back later, reported Xinhua citing Sri Lanka Bureau of...
  • Bosnia president, charged with graft, freed from jail May 25, 2013

    Sarajevo: The president of Bosnia's autonomous Muslim-Croat federation was freed from jail on Friday after the Constitutional Court ordered his release following his arrest last month on corruption charges. President Zivko Budimir was arrested along with 19 other officials in late April 2013 in the most high-profile anti-corruption drive in Bosnia...
  • Queen Elizabeth to skip Commonwealth summit in Colombo May 7, 2013

    London: For the first time in 40 years, Queen Elizabeth II will skip the Commonwealth summit to be held in Sri Lanka in November, deciding to send her son Prince Charles instead for the biennial event. 87-year-old Queen will miss the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) for the first...
  • US calls on Sri Lanka to ensure freedom of press May 1, 2013

    Washington: Expressing deep concern over the recent surge in attacks on Sri Lankan media organisations, the US on Tuesday called on the country to ensure freedom of press. "The US calls on Sri Lankan authorities to demonstrate their commitment to the rule of law and freedom of expression by conducting...
  • Death penalty: India among 21 countries to carry out executions in 2012 April 12, 2013

    Although the global trend towards abolition remained strong, 2012 saw a disappointing resumption of executions in some countries including India, the latest Amnesty International report on death penalty and capital sentencing around the world in 2012 has revealed. The total number of confirmed executions was 682, two more than in...
  • Amnesty urges Omar to adopt zero tolerance to rights abuse March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Amnesty International on Sunday urged Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take a stand of "zero tolerance" for human rights violations in the valley as part of its campaign "Pick up your pen to stop police abuse!" "In support of this campaign, Amnesty International wants the chief...
  • Chidambaram warns tax dodgers, rules out amnesty March 4, 2013

    New Delhi: In warning to tax dodgers, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said that a huge amount of data is being mined to go after them and ruled out any amnesty scheme for defaulters. "No. In income tax there is no case for amnesty. Because now almost all returns...
  • Amnesty condemns Afzal Guru's execution February 10, 2013

    London: Global human rights group Amnesty International on Saturday said the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, convicted of conspiracy to attack Indian Parliament, indicates a "disturbing and regressive trend" towards executions shrouded in secrecy. "We condemn the execution in the strongest possible terms. This very regrettably puts India in opposition...
  • Amnesty slams Pak Army over human rights abuse December 14, 2012

    Islamabad/London: Amnesty International on Thursday accused the Pakistan Army of widespread human rights abuses in the country's restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, saying several laws were being misused in the fight against Taliban and other militants. In a new report titled "The hands of cruelty: Abuses by armed forces and Taliban...
  • Watch artist Anish Kapoor's 'Gangnam for Freedom' November 23, 2012

    New Delhi: British artist of Indian origin, Anish Kapoor, has made his own version of a music video which features the global super hit number 'Gangnam Style' by Korean rap sensation Psy in support of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei and to promote freedom of speech and expression. Kapoor's version of the...
  • Amnesty terms PSA as 'lawless law', asks J&K govt to revoke it October 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Amnesty International has slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government for continuing to use the Public Safety Act (PSA) to detain people without charge or trial in violation of their human rights and demanded its repeal. Terming the PSA, under which police can arrest any suspect and keep him/her in...
  • Never understood the word 'amnesty': Kapil July 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Kapil Dev is certainly a relieved man after being back into the BCCI fold but the legendary allrounder still has reservations if one terms his comeback as getting "amnesty from BCCI." "I never understood whether the word amnesty is correct or not. May be I am not very intelligent...
  • Kapil and BCCI patch up August 3, 2012

    Kapil Dev informed the BCCI of his resignation from the ICL, following which he was granted amnesty. ...
  • Amnesty calls US raid to kill Osama bin Laden illegal May 25, 2012

    New Delhi: The US special operation in Pakistan's Abbottabad town in May last year that killed Osama bin Laden in his hideout appears to have been "unlawful" in the absence of clarification from the US, human rights group Amnesty International has said. "The US administration made clear that the operation had...
  • More wants to mend fences with BCCI May 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More is seeking amnesty with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). More, who had joined the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) back in 2007, was banned by the cricket board for joining the unsanctioned league. He along with Kapil Dev were...
  • Norway gunman wants freedom or death for massacre April 19, 2012

    Norway: The right-wing fanatic on trial for massacring 77 people in Norway says he wants either freedom or death, calling the country's prison terms "pathetic" and arguing for the return of capital punishment, which was last used here to execute Nazi collaborators after World War II. On the third day of...
  • Iran steps up repression before polls: Amnesty February 28, 2012

    London: Iran has "dramatically escalated" a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to this week's parliamentary elections, arresting lawyers, students and journalists and targeting electronic media, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. "In Iran today you put yourself at risk if you do anything that might fall outside the...
  • No amnesty scheme to recover black money: Moily February 10, 2012

    Bangalore: The Government on Friday said an amnesty scheme for bringing back black money is not on the cards though it is working on regulatory mechanisms to eliminate its root cause in the face of "lots of legal impediments" to target those funds stashed abroad. Asked if there is a move...
  • J&K: Amnesty supports Omar on AFSPA removal February 9, 2012

    New Delhi: Human Rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday demanded that security personnel facing serious charges like rape and murder should stand trial and not hide behind Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Welcoming the Supreme Court statement that personnel involved in rape and murder could invoke AFSPA, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific...
  • VS moves apex court against Pillai's release November 1, 2011

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Hours after former Kerala minister R. Balakrishna Pillai and 137 others were released from jail on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan filed a petition in the apex court demanding that the amnesty given by the state government to Pillai be cancelled. The 76-year-old Pillai, chief of the Kerala Congress-Pillai...
  • Kerala: Pillai to be freed under amnesty scheme October 31, 2011

    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Jailed former minister R. Balakrishna Pillai and 137 other inmates will be released ON Tuesday, while the jail terms of 2,500 prisoners will be reduced as part of an amnesty scheme of the Kerala government. The amnesty is being given on the occasion of Kerala Day on Nov 1,...
  • Eight Bangladeshis beheaded in Saudi Arabia October 9, 2011

    Dhaka: Eight Bangladeshi migrants were beheaded in public in the Saudi Arabian capital after they were convicted of killing an Egyptian security guard four years ago, a media report said. They were charged with robbing a warehouse and killing a security guard, Egyptian national Hussein Saeed Mohammed Abdulkhaleq, in April...
  • Interlocutors to study Amnesty report on Kashmir March 22, 2011

    Jammu: The central government-appointed interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir which will study rights watchdog Amnesty International's report alleging human rights abuses in the state under the Public Safety Act, informed sources said. "Human rights abuses is one of the major concerns of the interlocutors and they have already made their concerns...