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Amnesty Report: Syrian Government Secretly Executing Thousands Of Prisoners

The Syrian government has secretly executed up to 13,000 prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture, according to Amnesty International. The prisoners, who included former military personnel suspected of disloyalty and people involved in unrest, underwent sham trials before military courts and were sometimes forced to make confessions under torture, Amnesty said.

February 8, 2017

New Amnesty Report: Increase In Executions Worldwide, Decrease In Countries With Death Penalty

The report singled out United States for being the only country in the Americas to continue to use the death penalty over the past seven years.

April 6, 2016
Activists hold photos of slain environmental rights activist Berta Caceres after her body was released from the morgue in Tegucigalpa

Rights Groups Chide Honduras Inquiry Into Activist Murder

Five days after Berta Caceres was shot and killed in her home, the police have not presented an official hypothesis and are still considering labeling the murder a common crime.

March 10, 2016

Cuba Diplomacy: Behind Right-Wing Outrage, An Intellectual Void

Republican critics furiously denounce Obama’s Cuba initiative — but they’re devoid of fresh ideas.

December 18, 2014

Ukraine Ratifies Landmark EU Pact, Offers Rebels Self-Rule

Kiev (AFP) — Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact Tuesday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian rebels waging war in the east. But Russia signaled it had no intention of backing down in the most serious East-West standoff since the Cold war, with the announcement it […]

September 16, 2014

Thailand’s Military Rulers Accused Of Human Rights Abuses

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times MUMBAI, India — Thailand’s military rulers detained hundreds of people without charges, tortured some prisoners and systematically stifled dissent since seizing power in a May coup, a leading human rights watchdog reported Thursday. Amnesty International said that although most prisoners were released within a week, they remain at risk of […]

September 11, 2014

Amnesty Slams United States Over Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan

By Ben Sheppard Kabul (AFP) — The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, Amnesty International said Monday, in a damning indictment of the U.S. military as it withdraws. Amnesty said it had gathered evidence of “a deeply flawed U.S. military justice system that […]

August 11, 2014

World Execution Toll Rose In 2013: Amnesty

By Robin Millard London (AFP) – The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday, but China remains the world’s biggest state executioner by far. Beijing is thought to have killed thousands of its own citizens, more than the rest […]

March 27, 2014