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Saudi FM to meet British MPs, make case for continued arms exports despite war crime claims
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir will meet with British MPs on Wednesday in a bid to convince them not to ban UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia over concerns the Gulf kingdom is committing war crimes in Yemen. Read Full Article at RT.com
105 points by Russia Today | Human rights Canada Saudi Arabia Middle East Amnesty International Arabian Peninsula United Kingdom Yemen
Execution drop makes some think death penalty is fading away
Execution drug shortages, sometimes grotesque errors in death chambers and legal challenges to sentences imposed by judges have contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of states that are carrying out executions ...
3 points by Las Vegas Sun | Capital punishment Capital punishment in the United States Death row Amnesty International UN moratorium on the death penalty Ruth Bader Ginsburg Stoning Murder
$115bn in US arms for Saudis should leverage reduction of civilian casualties in Yemen – think tank
The US has offered Saudi Arabia $115 billion worth of arms during Barack Obama’s two terms as president, an anti-war think tank counted, arguing that this should give Washington enough leverage to pressure Riyadh to prevent civilian casualties in Yemen. Read Full Article at RT.com
305 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Iraq Amnesty International Arabian Peninsula Laws of war Riyadh Yemen Bedouin
Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi top $115 billion: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has offered Saudi Arabia more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any U.S. administration in the 71-year U.S.-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found.
3870 points by Reuters | Saudi Arabia Human rights Iraq United States Amnesty International Gulf War Arabian Peninsula Riyadh
Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Doctors in Yemen have reported an increase in children born with deformities as a result of the two-year war that has left the country on the brink of famine. Read Full Article at RT.com
38 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Yemen Amnesty International Red Sea Human Rights Watch Arabian Peninsula Capital punishment Gulf War
Yemenis ‘pay the price’ for UK and America’s ‘brazenly hypocritical’ arms deals – Amnesty
Amnesty International has condemned the US and Britain for supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, arms which have then been used to kill hundreds of civilians in Yemen. Read Full Article at RT.com
-1 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Amnesty International Human rights Arabian Peninsula Middle East Yemen Iraq United States
Thousands march against Duterte's war on drugs
Filipino Catholics condemn a 'spreading culture of violence' as the president's anti-drug campaign kills thousands.
111 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Torture Ferdinand Marcos Extrajudicial punishment Human rights abuses Philippines Heroin Amnesty International
Women in Iran dress as men in bid to watch soccer game
Soccer is hugely popular in Iran across sexes, but it is considered inappropriate for women to view games in person.       
21 points by USA Today | Iran Iranian Revolution Stadium Tehran Female Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Amnesty International Iran–Iraq War
Egypt's NGO law aims to 'erase civil society'
The law is part of a wider crackdown on human rights groups, activists say.
36 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Civil society Non-governmental organization Amnesty International Law Torture History of Egypt Egypt
Repeal Colorado’s flawed and broken death penalty
The failures of Colorado's capital punishment system are almost too lengthy to list. The legislature should pass Senate Bill 95, which would end the death penalty.
439 points by The Denver Post | Capital punishment Murder Death row Prison Crime Capital punishment in the United States Amnesty International UN moratorium on the death penalty
Amnesty accuses Tunisia security forces of abuses
Tunisia denies policy of torture by state forces after group says rise in 'brutal tactics' threatens democratic reforms.
661 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Abuse Amnesty International Torture Universal Declaration of Human Rights Human rights abuses Human security Law
‘Americans are welcome in Syria if they come here to work with us’ – Assad
Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that US troops would be welcome in his country provided they work together with the government, but decried US President Donald Trump’s idea of “safe zones.” Read Full Article at RT.com
5385 points by Russia Today | Human rights Amnesty International Terrorism Torture Jordan Golan Heights European Union Lebanon
Boris Johnson pushed for UK to continue selling weapons to Saudis after funeral bombing
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pushed for continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the wake of a deadly airstrike on a funeral in Yemen which killed 140 people, it has been revealed. Read Full Article at RT.com
280 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Yemen Amnesty International Arabian Peninsula Bedouin Royal Saudi Air Force Iraq Arabic language
Ending arms trade with Saudi Arabia carries serious political risks, court told
Halting Britain’s multi-billion pound arms trade with Saudi Arabia would have serious political ramifications, the UK government has told a London court. Read Full Article at RT.com
170 points by Russia Today | Human rights International trade Yemen Government Amnesty International Gulf War Export War
Syria calls Amnesty International report of mass hangings ‘untrue’
Syria’s justice ministry on Wednesday rejected an Amnesty International report of mass hangings of as many as 13,000 people in a prison near Damascus, calling the allegations “totally untrue” and part of a smear campaign.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Capital punishment Human rights Amnesty International Prison Syria Damascus Torture Hanging
Amnesty International accuses Syria of hanging thousands of prisoners, dumping bodies in mass graves
On Monday or Wednesday afternoons, guards would call out the names of prisoners for transfer from Syria’s notorious Saydnaya military prison. Some inmates saw it as a heartening sign that their detention at Saydnaya was over. Hours later, blindfolded, severely beaten and with nooses around their...
457 points by Los Angeles Times | Capital punishment Amnesty International Syria Bashar al-Assad Prison Human rights Torture Damascus
The ‘slaughterhouse’ prison where Syria has killed thousands
BEIRUT — Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday. The report covers the period from 2011 to 2015, when Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged...
-2 points by New York Post | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Syria Human rights Prison Amnesty International Damascus Hafez al-Assad
Amnesty: Up to 13K hanged in Syria’s ‘slaughterhouse’
The group released a report covering the period from the start of the uprising until 2015        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Bashar al-Assad Syria Capital punishment Human rights Amnesty International Prison Damascus Death
UK covered up intelligence training for Bahrain police, human rights group says
British authorities trained Bahrain’s police on how to gather intelligence on protesters and use crowd control techniques such as water cannon and dogs, and then covered up the scheme, according to human rights group Reprieve. Read Full Article at RT.com
-2 points by Russia Today | Constable Police Police Service of Northern Ireland Amnesty International London Human rights Capital punishment Police officer
Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria's 'slaughterhouse'
BEIRUT — The prison north of Damascus was known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse" and in it, as many of 13,000 people were hanged in only four years after a series of sham trials, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International.The report, issued on Tuesday, said that 20-50 people were hanged each week at the Saydnaya prison in what the organization called a "calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution."
-2 points by Boston Herald | Capital punishment Bashar al-Assad Syria Prison Amnesty International Penology Hafez al-Assad Damascus
Amnesty International: Syria has secretly executed thousands of political prisoners
Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Capital punishment Bashar al-Assad Syria Amnesty International Human rights Prison Damascus Hafez al-Assad
At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011: Report
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse," Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday. It covers the period from 2011 to 2015, when Amnesty ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Syria Amnesty International Prison Human rights Damascus Death
As many as 13,000 people hanged in 'monstrous' Syrian prison
The report referred to the killings as a "calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution."
195 points by Daily News | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Syria Vladimir Putin Amnesty International Prison Human rights Damascus
Up to 13,000 hanged at Syria prison since 2011, Amnesty International says
Stephen FellerFeb. 7 (UPI) -- A report published Tuesday by Amnesty International alleges that as many as 13,000 prisoners at a jail have been executed in groups of 50 every week since 2011.
16 points by UPI | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Prison Syria Amnesty International Torture United Press International Hafez al-Assad
Coercion, violence and threats: Torture, Israeli-style
Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say.
14414 points by Al Jazeera English | Israel Torture Second Intifada West Bank Amnesty International Interrogation Human rights Israel Defense Forces
Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria prison since 2011
In a new report covering the period from 2011 to 2015, Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged each week at Saydnaya Prison.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Syria Human rights Amnesty International Prison Damascus Hafez al-Assad
Mass hangings: Sources say 13,000 killed in secret prison
In the middle of the night, the Syrian prisoners are told they're being transferred.
25579 points by CNN | Bashar al-Assad Syria Capital punishment Hafez al-Assad Amnesty International Damascus United States Torture
As many as 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011, says Amnesty International
Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse," Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.It covers the period from 2011 to 2015, when Amnesty said 20-50...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Syria Human rights Amnesty International Prison Damascus Hafez al-Assad
Report: Syria secretly executed thousands of political prisoners
Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government has secretly executed between 5,000 and 13,000 people in just one prison as part of its campaign to eliminate opposition to his rule, a new report by the watchdog group Amnesty International has found.The killings took place over a four-year period between...
6 points by Concord Monitor | Capital punishment Bashar al-Assad Amnesty International Prison Human rights Penology Syria Torture
Syria hanged 13,000 in Saydnaya prison: Amnesty
Syrian government executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings at Saydnaya prison, says rights watchdog.
14731 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Syria Torture Hafez al-Assad Prison Amnesty International Damascus
Syria carried out mass hangings at military prison: Amnesty International
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government has executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
5388 points by Reuters | Bashar al-Assad Capital punishment Amnesty International Syria Reuters Damascus Thomson Reuters Hafez al-Assad
Saudi repression of peaceful activists at alarming high level – HRW
A new HRW report documents an alarming rise in Saudi Arabia’s allegedly politically-motivated persecution of dissidents, while detailing the cases of four activists either jailed or sentenced at the beginning of 2017. Read Full Article at RT.com
148 points by Russia Today | Human rights Human Rights Watch Saudi Arabia Amnesty International Law Capital punishment Prison Rights
Iranian woman to be blinded in ‘eye-for-an-eye’ retribution punishment – report
An Iranian woman is to be blinded in one eye as punishment for an acid attack that left her victim without sight, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled, local Tasnim agency has reported, as cited by Reuters. Read Full Article at RT.com
1428 points by Russia Today | Iran Iranian Revolution Sharia Capital punishment Shia Islam Crime Amnesty International Human rights
Thousands demonstrate against scandal-hit Malaysia PM
Protests against Najib Razak continue in Kuala Lumpur, where thousands of 'yellow shirt' anti-PM demonstrators gather.
4523 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Malaysia Amnesty International Najib Tun Razak Malay language Twitter Anwar Ibrahim Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Amnesty International to return to Moscow office, technical glitch blamed for closure
The Russian branch of Amnesty International will soon return to its Moscow office after renewing the rent on the premises with City Hall. Staff had been prevented from entering the office for around two weeks because of a “technical glitch.” Read Full Article at RT.com
30 points by Russia Today | Vladimir Putin Russia Human rights Moscow Boris Yeltsin Amnesty International Soviet Union Council of Europe
Month of Mosul siege: No deadline for victory, civilians trapped between rock & hard place
After a month of offensive against terrorist-held Mosul no breakthrough is in sight. The civilian population of the Iraqi city is forced to either be caught in crossfire or try to flee the besieged town. Read Full Article at RT.com
145 points by Russia Today | Iraq Iraq War Amnesty International Laws of war Capital punishment United States Army Iraqi Army Terrorism
Tunisians to see 'historic' first public testimony from truth commission
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian television will broadcast testimony from victims of decades of authoritarian rule on Thursday, a first chance for the public to see the workings of a Truth and Dignity Commission intended to help cement democracy after the Arab Spring revolution of 2011.
27 points by Reuters | Human rights Saudi Arabia Amnesty International Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Reuters Universal Declaration of Human Rights Thomson Reuters Law
ISIS executed at least 300 policemen in Iraq, buried in mass grave – Human Rights Watch
In a harrowing report published Thursday, Human Rights Watch detailed the slaughter of at least 300 former Iraqi police officers held captive by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Read Full Article at RT.com
1084 points by Russia Today | Police Iraq Human rights Iraq War Police officer Human Rights Watch Capital punishment Amnesty International
Burmese leader accused of ignoring Muslims
Women wail in the background as the camera pans across the scene.
12416 points by CNN | Aung San Suu Kyi Human rights Burma United Nations Aung San Democracy Human Rights Watch Amnesty International
Scores reported dead in heavy fighting in Yemen
Clashes across the country leave 51 dead as Hadi loyalists seek to open three fronts against Houthis and their allies.
84 points by Al Jazeera English | Saudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula Yemen Human rights Oman Amnesty International Iraq United Arab Emirates
China: Lawyer Xia Lin sentenced to 12 years in jail
Xia Lin, known to be working on sensitive human rights cases, was sentenced nearly two years after being detained.
430 points by Al Jazeera English | Law Human rights Lawyer Amnesty International China Hu Jintao Xi Jinping Court
India Puts ‘Interrogation’ Into Foreign-Language Oscars Contention
The Film Federation of India has chosen Vetrimaaran’s Tamil-language “Interrogation” (“Visaranai”) for the Academy Awards foreign language competition. The film follows a group of immigrants who are arrested by the police and tortured to the point where they have to confess to a crime they are innocent of. Samuthirakani, Dinesh, Anandhi and Murugadass star. Wunderbar and... Read more »
108 points by Variety | Bollywood Academy Award Film National Film Awards Amnesty International National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Award
UK commits troops to train Egyptian military in counter-terrorism tactics
British troops will continue to train the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) to tackle terrorism and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said during a visit to Cairo. Read Full Article at RT.com
37 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia United Kingdom Human rights British Army Amnesty International Royal Air Force Ministry of Defence Arabic language
Bid to stem African refugee flow sees PM pledge troops & cash
Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged troops and up to £100 million to stop the flow of refugees from war-torn regions of eastern Africa into Europe. Read Full Article at RT.com
222 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Somalia Yemen Human rights Ethiopia Somali people Amnesty International United Kingdom
US lawmakers lock horns over bid to block $1.15bn arms sale to Saudis
The vote on a resolution to block a massive sale of tanks, guns and other military equipment worth $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia, has driven a wedge among US lawmakers, some calling Riyadh a “good ally,” others saying its conduct in Yemen is unacceptable. Read Full Article at RT.com
125 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Amnesty International United States United States Senate Human rights Arabian Peninsula Gulf War Iraq
UN probe finds 'gross human rights abuses' in Burundi
UN probe team draws up lists of suspects behind alleged human rights violations amounting to crimes against humanity.
1109 points by Al Jazeera English | Human rights Torture United Nations Human rights abuses United Nations Commission on Human Rights Democracy Amnesty International Abuse
Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorus in its war in Yemen
Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorous munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Saudi Arabia United States Human rights Yemen Gulf War Laws of war Artillery Amnesty International
Boris v Theresa May? PM & FM at odds over arms sales to Saudi, Yemen war crimes
British Prime Minister Theresa May and her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, appear to be split over Saudi Arabia’s alleged war crimes in Yemen, where the Gulf kingdom is intervening in a deadly civil war. Read Full Article at RT.com
145 points by Russia Today | Saudi Arabia Amnesty International Human rights Yemen Arabian Peninsula United Arab Emirates Ali Abdullah Saleh Human Rights Watch
Showboating: Royal Navy test-drives new ‘Batman’ drone boat on Thames
Military officials tested out their new prototype high-speed drone boat on the River Thames in central London on Monday afternoon in a PR stunt ahead of a major exercise. Read Full Article at RT.com
404 points by Russia Today | BAE Systems Navy F-35 Lightning II Royal Navy Campaign Against Arms Trade Arms industry Human rights Amnesty International
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's murderous approach to law enforcement must end
In the two months since Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as president of the Philippines, more than 2,400 putative drug dealers and addicts have been killed – more than half of them apparently by vigilantes, the rest at the hands of police. Many of the dead, who include children as young as 4 years...
258 points by Los Angeles Times | Human rights Philippines Extrajudicial punishment South China Sea United Nations United States Barack Obama Amnesty International