Amnesty slams Iran for executing 700 people this year

London, July 23 (IANS/EFE) Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the Iranian government for having executed 694 people since the start of 2015.

Pakistan announces amnesty for Baloch nationalist militants

Pakistan's Balochistan province government has announced general amnesty for Baloch nationalists militants fighting for more autonomy and control over gas and mineral resources in the region.

European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan
European Games: OSCE, Amnesty say they are banned by Azerbaijan

The OSCE said on Wednesday Azerbaijan ordered it to shut down its local office ahead of the European Games, while Amnesty International complained the ex-Soviet country barred it from visiting the capital.

Vladimir Putin signs off on amnesty for hidden assets

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Monday an amnesty for people who illegally spirited funds out of the country, hoping to counter the capital flight that has contributed to the country's economic crisis.

Papua New Guinea must stop `sorcery` killings: Amnesty

The Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea must crack down on crimes against people suspected of sorcery after a mob hacked a woman to death this week, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Afghan hotel attack shows contempt for human life: Amnesty

The atrocious Taliban attack on a guesthouse in Afghanistan in which 14 people, including four Indians, were killed shows the militant group's contempt for human life and presents a "worrying spike" in assaults on "soft targets", Amnesty International said today.

DR Congo grants amnesty to hundreds of M23 rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday it had granted amnesty to around 375 ex-members of the defeated M23 rebel movement.

Iraq offers amnesty to security personnel who fled IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday offered an amnesty covering security forces members who fled the Islamic State jihadist group, provided they return to their units within 30 days.

60,000 Indians could benefit from Oman's amnesty

Around 60,000 Indians may benefit from an amnesty scheme announced in Oman, under which people without valid documents could either return to their country without being penalised or can rectify their papers, said a diaspora expert.

Intervene to improve situation in Maldives: Amnesty to India

 Amidst "alarming deterioration" of human rights situation in Maldives, Amnesty International on Thursday urged the international community, including India, to engage more with the island nation to protect the human rights of its citizens.

Atleast 2,000 women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram: Amnesty
Atleast 2,000 women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram: Amnesty

 Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of last year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, a year on from the mass abduction of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls.

Amnesty warns on `seriously alarming` Nigeria oil spills

Amnesty International on Thursday said two major oil companies operating in Nigeria, Shell and ENI, reported a combined 553 oil spills in 2014, a "seriously alarming" figure that qualifies as a "national emergency."

Saudi Arabia to delay activist's flogging for 2nd time: Amnesty

Saudi Arabia plans to delay the public flogging of a rights activist on medical grounds, Amnesty International said on Thursday, raising the possibility that Riyadh may be trying to quietly drop the punishment that has drawn international rebuke.

Boko Haram `killed woman in labour` during attack: Amnesty

Boko Haram fighters killed a woman as she was in labour during what is feared could be the deadliest attack in the militants` six-year insurgency, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday.

Lankan people's political right must be respected: Amnesty

Amid allegations that Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka is using military to obstruct Tamil voters during Thursday's presidential polls, rights group Amnesty International today said authorities must ensure that people's right to political participation is respected.

Robust means needed to act against child labour: Amnesty

With Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel Peace Prize win bringing the focus on rights of children in India, a leading rights group has called for robust means to act against child labour saying merely banning it is not a solution.

Amnesty asks Pakistan to protect minority communities

Global rights watchdog Amnesty International has asked Pakistan to bring those responsible for the killing of a Christian couple, accused of blasphemy, to justice.

Libya's armed factions may have committed war crimes: Amnesty

Human rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday it had satellite pictures indicating that rival factions in Libya had committed war crimes by shelling densely populated residential areas in the west of the oil-producing country.

Amnesty hails Malala, Satyarthi Nobel Peace Prize win

Amnesty International on Friday hailed the Nobel Peace Prize committee's decision of recognising the children's rights work by Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai who jointly shared the Nobel Peace Prize honours for 2014.

Ruckus in J&K Assembly over amnesty to stone pelters

There was ruckus in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Tuesday as the opposition PDP legislators disturbed the proceedings of the house, demanding discussion on cases registered against stone pelters in the Valley.