Middle East and North Africa News

Iraq: Dire winter conditions expose shocking gaps in humanitarian assistance for thousands displaced

19 December 2014

A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International. 

Iran: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution

16 December 2014

The Iranian authorities’ threat to expedite the execution of 10 men on death row in retaliation for going on hunger strike is deplorable, said Amnesty International as it called for the death sentences to be commuted immediately. 

Egypt must release Irish Prisoner of Conscience Ibrahim Halawa

13 December 2014

Amnesty International Ireland joined with members of the Halawa family and local representatives today outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to protest at the continued detention of Ibrahim Halawa. 

Israel/OPT: Death of Palestinian minister highlights excessive force by Israeli army

10 December 2014

The death of a Palestinian minister during a protest against land confiscations in the West Bank may have resulted from arbitrary and abusive force by Israeli forces against demonstrators, said Amnesty International. 

Israel's destruction of multi-storey buildings: extensive, wanton and unjustified

09 December 2014

Air strikes on landmark buildings at the tail end of the Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in August 2014 were a deliberate and direct attack on civilian buildings and amount to war crimes, says Amnesty International today. 

Humanitarian and human rights agencies urge governments to resettle 5 per cent refugees from Syria by end 2015

08 December 2014

Over 30 international organisations are calling on governments meeting in Geneva tomorrow to commit to offering sanctuary to at least five per cent of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria currently in neighbouring countries - 180,000 people - by the end of 2015. 

Syria: World’s pitiful response to refugee crisis

05 December 2014

World leaders are failing to offer protection to Syria’s most vulnerable refugees with catastrophic consequences, Amnesty International has warned in a new briefing ahead of a UN pledging conference in Geneva on 9 December. 

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.