Amnesty

  • Six more Greenpeace activists leave Russia 27-12-2013 05:31 PM

    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...
  • World View: Should PM attend the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo in November? 26-10-2013 09:19 AM

    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 15-10-2013 07:29 AM

    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...
  • Commute all death sentences to life imprisonment: Amnesty urges India 09-10-2013 03:13 PM

    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....
  • Malala Yousafzai to be honoured with top Amnesty award 17-09-2013 11:43 AM

    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 Internationals Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2013. The Ambassador of Conscience Award is the human rights group's highest honour, recognising individuals who...
  • Death penalty won't end crimes against women: Amnesty 13-09-2013 03:18 PM

    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 18-07-2013 01:34 AM

    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...
  • Bosnia president, charged with graft, freed from jail 25-05-2013 07:02 AM

    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...
  • Queen Elizabeth to skip Commonwealth summit in Colombo 07-05-2013 04:15 PM

    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...
  • Indian media prizes national interest over human rights, says Amnesty International

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Does Indian media place national interest above human rights? G Ananthapadmanabhan, chief executive of Amnesty International India, believes it does. At a lecture in Delhi...

  • US calls on Sri Lanka to ensure freedom of press 01-05-2013 07:20 AM

    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 12-04-2013 11:02 AM

    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 condemns Afzal Guru's execution 10-02-2013 07:44 AM

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  • Watch artist Anish Kapoor's 'Gangnam for Freedom' 23-11-2012 11:00 AM

    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...
  • Kapil and BCCI patch up 25-07-2012 02:36 PM

    Kapil Dev informed the BCCI of his resignation from the ICL, following which he was granted amnesty. ...
  • More wants to mend fences with BCCI 23-05-2012 06:01 PM

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  • VS moves apex court against Pillai's release 01-11-2011 10:10 AM

    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...
  • Kerala: Pillai to be freed under amnesty scheme 31-10-2011 04:33 PM

    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 09-10-2011 11:02 AM

    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 22-03-2011 10:44 AM

    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...
  • Jurists, activists slam Binayak Sen verdict 25-12-2010 11:15 PM

    New Delhi: It’s the verdict which has left many across India completely shocked. Dr Binayak Sen being pronounced guilty by a Raipur Sessions Court has left human rights activists, leading jurists and writers appalled. A travesty of justice: That is how leading human rights defenders, activists and jurists have greeted...
  • Amnesty International slams Binayak Sen verdict 25-12-2010 01:53 PM

    New Delhi: International human rights group Amnesty International has slammed the life sentence awarded on Friday to activist Dr Binayak Sen by a court in Raipur. In a statement on Saturday Amnesty International said that fair trial standards were violated in the case against Dr Binayak Sen. It has termed...