Latest Amnesty International Stories

2005-11-22 17:00:35

By Lorraine Orlandi MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican police and prosecutors still use torture and their tactics have grown more sophisticated, despite President Vicente Fox's pledges to end such abuse, the national rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Jose Luis Soberanes, president of the national human rights commission, said torture increasingly comes in the form of psychological rather than physical abuse. "Unfortunately, torture is not a thing of the past," Soberanes told reporters,...

2005-10-22 06:09:48

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese authorities have arrested and allegedly mistreated a lawyer defending the rights of refugees who live in camps outside the capital Khartoum, rights group Amnesty International said in a statement. About 2 million people who fled regional conflicts in Sudan live in slums surrounding Khartoum. Police clashed with refugees in the Soba al-Aradi camp in May, leaving at least 30 people dead, including 14 policemen, rights groups and witnesses said. The...

2005-08-09 17:22:58

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Foot-dragging by prosecutors and a lack of government interest could mean Mexico will fail to try former officials for "dirty war" human rights atrocities, the head of Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Irene Khan, Amnesty's secretary general, said the rights group was worried a much-vaunted government program to punish those responsible for Mexico's 1960s and 1970s campaign of repression against students and activists had failed. "We are very disappointed that...

2005-07-26 01:58:39

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali children are being killed, illegally detained, tortured and raped in a brutal civil war in the impoverished nation that has claimed thousands of lives, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The London-based global human rights watchdog said children were being abducted and recruited for military activities, and accused both Maoist rebels and government troops of violating their fundamental rights. "This conflict is a disaster for the children of Nepal," Purna...

2005-06-30 05:45:34

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amnesty International called on Thursdayfor an end to Australia's mandatory detention of illegalimmigrants, saying that many asylum seekers spent years inremote, razor-wire camps before they were recognized asrefugees. A new Amnesty report on the tough immigration policy alsosaid long-term detention was causing widespread mental illnessamong detainees who failed to understand why they were lockedup. "We haven't any human rights. We are just like...

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