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El Salvador experiencing “alarming regression” on human rights – report

Amnesty International's Americas director Ana Piquer speaks during a news conference to release a new report in San Salvador, El Salvador on 5th December, 2023

San Salvador, El SalvadorReuters El Salvador has seen “an alarming regression” of human rights protections during President Nayib Bukele’s government, a trend that has intensified under a sweeping anti-gang crackdown, Amnesty International said in a report published on Tuesday. Bukele has enjoyed widespread popularity since taking office in 2019, due in part to a state […]

Pakistan to start expelling undocumented immigrants on Thursday – minister

Trucks loaded with belongings are seen as Afghan refugees are returning home, after Pakistan gives the last warning to undocumented immigrants to leave, outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees repatriation centres in Azakhel town in Nowshera, Pakistan on 30th October, 2023.

Islamabad Reuters Pakistan will start rounding up and expelling undocumented immigrants, including hundreds of thousands of people from neighbouring Afghanistan, on Thursday, the caretaker government’s interior minister said. Islamabad announced the plan earlier this month, saying Afghan nationals had been behind attacks, smuggling and other crimes in its territory. Kabul dismissed the accusations and rights groups […]

Rights groups appeal for justice over 2013 Egypt sit-in killings

A general view of Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, the site of a sit-in ending in clashes in 2013, in Cairo, on 10th August, 2014.

Cairo, EgyptReuters Rights groups called on Monday for accountability over the deaths of hundreds of people killed in a single day 10 years ago when Egyptian security forces dispersed a protest against the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president.  The clearing of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in in Cairo on 14th August, 2013 marked […]

Witchcraft accusations in Ghana could be banned by new law

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo delivers his annual state of the nation address to the parliament in Accra, Ghana, on 30th March, 2022.

Accra, Ghana Reuters Ghana’s parliament on Friday passed a bill to protect people accused of witchcraft, making it a crime to abuse them or send them away from communities. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo delivers his annual state of the nation address to the parliament in Accra, Ghana, on 30th March, 2022. PICTURE: Reuters/Francis Kokoroko/File photo […]

Amnesty accuses Spain and Morocco of cover-up over Melilla enclave migrant deaths

Luna Reyes, 20, a member of Spanish Red Cross, embraces and comforts a migrant Sub-Saharian as he refuses to be deported to Morocco after he crossed the border swimming from Morocco to Spain, at El Tarajal beach, after thousands of migrants swam across this border during last days, in Ceuta, Spain, on 18th May, 2021

Barcelona, Spain Reuters Amnesty International on Friday accused Spain and Morocco of a cover-up for failing to properly investigate events at the border of the Spanish enclave of Melilla last year, when tens of migrants and refugees died during a mass attempted crossing. On 24th June, 2002, around 2,000 Sub-Saharan African migrants and refugees attempted […]

Northern Ireland victims’ families feel justice further away then ever

Andrea Brown, daughter of Royal Ulster Constabulary officer Eric Brown who was killed in 1983, holds a portrait of her father in Moira, Northern Ireland, on 29th March, 2023.

Belfast, Northern IrelandReuters The Good Friday Agreement largely ended three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland, but for many relatives of the more than 3,600 people killed the peace accord has offered little closure over the past 25 years. In a short section, the deal said it was essential to address the suffering of victims […]

Religious, rights groups call for calm in Kenya’s second week of protests

Riot police officers detain a supporter of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Azimio La Umoja (Declaration of Unity) One Kenya Alliance, as they participate in a nationwide protest over cost of living and President William Ruto's government in Mathare settlement in Nairobi, Kenya March 27, 2023. REUTERS/John Muchucha

Nairobi, KenyaReuters Religious leaders and human rights groups in Kenya called for calm on Tuesday as a second week of protests against cost of living increases raised fears of further violence, while President William Ruto said criminals would be held to account.  Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost to Ruto in last August’s election, is […]

Syria quake aid blocked from parts of Aleppo province, Amnesty says

FILE PHOTO: Syrian woman Amina Raslan sits with her son and her grandchildren, at her son's partially damaged home, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Aleppo, Syria February 13, 2023. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi/File Photo

Beirut, LebanonReuters The Syrian Government and Turkey-backed rebel forces have blocked more than 100 trucks carrying humanitarian aid from entering two zones in Aleppo province hit by last month’s deadly earthquake, Amnesty International said on Monday.  The aid, which included food, medical supplies, tents and fuel, was sent by Kurdish authorities, the rights group said.  […]

Malaysia pressed to probe deaths of 150 foreigners in detention last year

A migrant detention centre is seen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 23, 2023.

Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaReuters Human rights groups have urged Malaysia to investigate conditions at migrant detention centres after the government said 150 foreigners, including seven children, died at the facilities last year.  Malaysia routinely detains foreigners without valid permits to remain in the country, including asylum seekers. It is home to millions of undocumented migrants and […]