Middle East and North Africa News

Release women’s rights defender, protesters arrested for challenging draconian protest law

12 September 2014

The Egyptian authorities must release activists who were arrested simply for defying the country’s repressive protest law and are due to stand trial on 13 September, said Amnesty International. 

Coalition of Human Rights groups and public representatives demand action

2 September 2014

Open Letter to Taoiseach calling for action for Ibrahim Halawa

Killing of Steven Sotloff is ‘tip of the iceberg’ of IS war crimes in Syria and Iraq

03 September 2014

The beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff by Islamic State militants is the latest in a series of war crimes being committed by the armed group across Syria and Iraq, Amnesty International said today.

Gruesome evidence of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq as Islamic State moves to wipe out minorities

2 September 2014


Fresh evidence uncovered by Amnesty International indicates that members of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq, carrying out war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions, against ethnic and religious minorities.

Gaza: Hamas must end summary executions as ‘informers’ face firing squad

22 August 2014

Hamas must halt its campaign of summary executions of suspected collaborators, Amnesty International today said after at least 18 more Palestinians were put to death by firing squad for allegedly providing information to Israel.

Syria: ‘Beheading’ of US reporter a war crime that highlights ‘chilling’ risk to journalists

20 August 2014

The apparent execution-style killing by the Islamic State (IS) armed group of a US reporter who went missing in Syria in 2012 constitutes a war crime and highlights the urgent need for all states with influence in the region to ensure other missing journalists are safely released, Amnesty International said today.   

Humanitarian efforts failing the hundreds of thousands forced to flee ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq

12 August 2014

The international community must urgently mount a concerted humanitarian response to assist hundreds of thousands of people across northern Iraq fleeing ethnic cleansing by the forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS or IS), Amnesty International said today. 

EGYPT: Mass trial of hundreds of Morsi supporters is a 'pantomime' – Irish teenager and Prisoner of Conscience Ibrahim Halawa must be released

12 August 2014

As news breaks that three judges have recused themselves from a mass court case in Egypt, Amnesty International remains concerned that show trials followed by mass death sentences are becoming a grim trade mark of Egyptian justice. 

Mass exodus from Iraqi towns and cities as ISIS advance prompts panic

7 August 2014

Panic has taken hold in north-western Iraq as tens of thousands of people flee areas where Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants are continuing their advance, Amnesty International said. 

Egypt: Rampant torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions signal catastrophic decline in human rights one year after ousting of Morsi

3 July 2014

 

A surge in arbitrary arrests, detentions and harrowing incidents of torture and deaths in police custody recorded by Amnesty International provide strong evidence of the sharp deterioration in human rights in Egypt in the year since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted.