World News

  • September 15, 2016

    Video footage and satellite images showing makeshift grave sites and burial mounds offer a rare glimpse inside a desert no-man's land between Jordan and Syria where more than 75,000 refugees are stranded and virtually cut off from humanitarian aid, said Amnesty International today.

  • September 14, 2016

    The Paraguayan government has failed to act to protect a group of uncontacted tribal people, despite having been ordered to do so in February of this year.

  • September 12, 2016

    “We all sin against the Holy Spirit if we ignore climate change”, said the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, during the opening day of the 24th Pentecostal World Conference, in São Paulo, Brazil, on 7 September 2016.

  • September 9, 2016

    The United Nations Security Council yesterday urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately resume talks with the UN envoy for that country and discuss his proposal for a comprehensive agreement covering both security and political issues.

  • September 8, 2016

    In an official press release, the organisers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have accused Brazilian tribal peoples of infanticide, sexual abuse, rape, slavery, torture and other “harmful traditional practices”, prompting outrage among human rights campaigners.

  • September 7, 2016

    The detention of a Russian blogger from Yekaterinburg who has been sentenced to administrative arrest for two months after posting a video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a church is a farcical attack on freedom of expression, says Amnesty International.

  • September 6, 2016

    During the World Methodist Conference this week, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev  Dr Olav Fykse Tveit invited his audience to explore with him how unity can transform the world.

  • September 5, 2016

    A student from Dublin has said he is suffering fresh abuses in prison in Egypt, where he faces a potential death sentence for attending a protest.

  • September 2, 2016

    Voicing deep concerns about the unfolding electoral crisis in Gabon, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for restraint and the upholding of international standards of human rights there. He  expressed UN support for a transparent verification of its recent presidential election results.

  • September 1, 2016

    The release of four Congolese pro-democracy activists, including Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala, is cause for celebration but they remain at risk of re-arrest unless the charges are dropped, Amnesty International has warned.