Latest Amnesty International News

Trump signs declaration reversing US policy on Golan Heights

Mar. 25, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, reversing more than a half-century of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump made formal a move...

Runaway Saudi sisters leave Hong Kong for new country

Mar. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Saudi sisters fleeing their family in Saudi Arabia have secured emergency visas and departed Hong Kong to a new country of residence, their lawyer said Monday. It's the latest public incident of Saudi women fleeing the kingdom for safety and refuge abroad. In January,...

US military, aid group at odds over Somalia civilian deaths

Mar. 19, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is credible evidence that U.S. military airstrikes in Somalia have killed or wounded nearly two dozen civilians, an international human rights group said Tuesday, charging that the Pentagon is not adequately investigating potential casualties. U.S. Africa Command officials...

Rare protests erupt against Hamas' 12-year rule over Gaza

Mar. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is facing the biggest demonstrations yet against its 12-year rule of the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of Palestinians taking to the streets in recent days to protest the dire living conditions in the blockaded territory. With little tolerance for dissent, the Islamic...

Rights activist gets 4-year sentence in Russia's Chechnya

Mar. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely seen as an effort by authorities to stifle a critical voice. The court in the Chechen town of Shali found Oyub Titiyev guilty of drug...

Detained Saudi women's rights activists brought to court

Mar. 13, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia appeared in a closed-door court hearing Wednesday on unknown charges after being detained in a crackdown last year, making their first appearance before a judge in a case that has sparked international outrage. The arrests came...

Rights group: EU complicit in violence against migrants

Mar. 13, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A leading rights group has accused European Union states of complacency in the "systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks" by Croatian border guards of thousands of asylum-seekers to squalid and unsafe refugee camps in Bosnia. Amnesty International said in a...

US immigration agency moves to close international offices

Mar. 12, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is moving toward closing immigration services offices outside the United States, saying it is expected to free up millions of dollars a year to better address a backlog in domestic locations. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Jessica...

Border agency watchdog looking into caravan database

Mar. 7, 2019 6:48 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. government kept a database on journalists, activists, organizers and "instigators" during an investigation into last year's migrant caravan, infuriating civil liberties and media groups who called it a blatant violation of free speech rights. U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

Group concerned over arrest of Egyptian transgender woman

Mar. 7, 2019 2:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group voiced concern Thursday for the safety and well-being of an Egyptian transgender woman arrested in a police raid on her home in Cairo. Amnesty International said Malal el-Kashef was arrested Wednesday night. "Due to her gender identity, Malak is at increased risk...