Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday approved an amnesty law to protect thousands of demobilising Marxist guerrilla fighters from prosecution for minor crimes committed during the country’s 52-year war. The law, a key part of a peace deal signed last month between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, will not include fighters […]

Amnesty accuses Sudan of ‘horrific’ Darfur chemical weapons attacks

Amnesty accuses Sudan of ‘horrific’ Darfur chemical weapons attacks

  Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday accused Sudanese government forces of killing scores of civilians, including many children, in suspected chemical weapons attacks in a mountainous area of war-torn Darfur. More than 30 such attacks are believed to have been carried out on several villages as part of a massive military campaign against rebels […]

Trump vows no amnesty for illegal immigrants after Mexico visit

Trump vows no amnesty for illegal immigrants after Mexico visit

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump issued a stern warning Wednesday to people intent on sneaking into the United States, saying those who enter illegally would never obtain legal status. “Our message to the world will be this: you cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally entering our country,” […]

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

  Syrian authorities are committing torture on a “massive scale” in government prisons including beatings, electric shocks, rape and psychological abuse that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday. More than 17,700 people are estimated to have died in custody in Syria since the country’s conflict began in March 2011, an average of […]

‘Unprecedented spike’ in Egypt forced disappearances, says Amnesty

‘Unprecedented spike’ in Egypt forced disappearances, says Amnesty

Egypt’s police have been implicated in an “unprecedented spike” in enforced disappearances since early 2015 aimed at quashing dissent, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday. “Enforced disappearance has become a key instrument of state policy inEgypt. Anyone who dares to speak out is at risk,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa […]

Amnesty, HRW want Saudis removed from UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty, HRW want Saudis removed from UN Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS: Two leading human rights group urged UN member-states on Wednesday to suspend Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council over the killing of civilians in Yemen and repression at home. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said they would begin lobbying the UN General Assembly to hold a vote on suspending Saudi […]