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Escape from Sinjar Mountain, but what next?

21 August 2014 |  by  |  MENA  |  No Comments

After a harrowing escape, first from their hometown of Qahtanya and then from Sinjar Mountain – where they were stuck for eight days with very little food or water – Suleiman Shaibo Sido, his wife and their eight children, all members of the Yezidi minority, are now sheltering under a bridge in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk, along with more than 20 other families.

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Testimonies from Kocho: The village ISIS tried to wipe off the map

19 August 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict, Crisis, Human Rights, MENA  |  No Comments

Just as the dire humanitarian situation on north-western Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain was beginning to improve, news broke on Friday about one of the worst reported attacks in the weeks since fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS or IS) had started their assault on the towns and villages in the surrounding areas.

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From China to Christchurch – Celebrating Gao Zhisheng’s release

18 August 2014 |  by  |  China, Freedom, Human Rights  |  No Comments

Turning up to this months’ Christchurch Regional Team meeting felt a little more emotional than usual (beyond the feeling of ‘gah, the traffic!’ as I was running late, as usual). As well as an agenda full of events to plan and some new members to welcome to the group, it was also August, which meant G-day was just around the corner.

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‘We still have no justice, just tears’

18 August 2014 |  by  |  Africa  |  No Comments

This week in Marikana, South Africa, women residents gathered to mark the second anniversary of police killings of 34 miners during a strike. Clare Fermont, Amnesty’s Southern Africa Regional Content Manager, attended the gathering and describes the lingering injustice they face.

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Egypt’s darkest day

15 August 2014 |  by  |  Egypt, Freedom of Expression, MENA  |  No Comments

One year on from the slaughter of more than 600 protesters in one day by Egyptian security forces, not a single officer has been prosecuted. Meanwhile Egypt’s criminal justice system has been swift to arrest, try and sentence alleged Morsi supporters after grossly unfair mass trials. Two hundred and thirty two have already been condemned to death and courts have recommended death sentences for over a thousand.

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No justice for Afghan civilians killed by US or NATO forces

14 August 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict  |  No Comments

In the early hours of 16 September, 2012, a group of women from different villages in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman province set out to collect firewood. As they stopped to drink water by a small spring, US military planes appeared in the sky and started dropping bombs.

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