April 1, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
There was an "alarming rise" in death sentences around the world in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI said there has been a 28 percent rise in death sentences from 2013—at least 2,466 compared to 1,925— and that an increased number of countries used capital ...[read more]
December 24, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Amnesty International (AI) issued a briefing on Tuesday that said the Islamic State (IS) has exposed Iraq's Yezdi minority to violence and torture. The briefing details the torturous behaviors IS has exhibited towards Yezdi women, including rape, sexual violence and forcing women and young girls ...[read more]
October 14, 2014
by Ann Schober
Iraqi Shiite militia, armed and supported by the Iraqi government, have been committing war crimes and abducting and murdering "scores" of Sunni men in retaliation for attacks by the Sunni-led Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. In a briefing AI reports that the militia ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Ann Schober
Amnesty International (AI) the extremist group, Islamic State (IS), of carrying out ethnic cleansing "on a historic scale" in Northern Iraq. The report, entitled "Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale: the Islamic State's systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq," asserts that since ...[read more]
July 2, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses the case for Amnesty for soldiers with PTSD who received other than honorable discharges... The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw the participation of more than two million American service members. Over 6,500 ...[read more]
April 18, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The Iraqi Justice Ministry executed 21 individuals on Tuesday who were convicted of terrorism. The men were convicted under Article 4,of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which includes the use of improvised explosive devices, assassinations of doctors and kidnapping women, and sentenced to death. Iraq ...[read more]
April 14, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On April 14, 2008, Associated Press (AP) photographer Bilal Hussein was released from custody by the US military. Hussein was released after confirmation that his conduct fell under Iraq's amnesty law. Hussein was held by the US military since his arrest in April 2006 for allegedly possessing ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Iraqi authorities must end attacks on peaceful protesters, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq", asserts that Iraqi and Kurdistan authorities have shot and killed demonstrators and have detained and tortured pol... ...[read more]
March 15, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Iraq's Justice Ministry announced Monday that it will close a Green Zone detention center because of alleged human rights violations. Justice spokesperson Haidar al-Saad said this decision was made after last month's investigation into the prison's living conditions. The prison population in the ...[read more]
February 8, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Iraqi government is operating secret prisons, and suspects held in Iraqi custody have been systematically tortured since before the 2003 US invasion, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Broken Bodies, Tortured Minds: Abuse and Neglect of Detainees in ...[read more]

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