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    January 22, 2014

    The use of live ammunition by police in Kyiv would only increase what is already a highly volatile situation, Amnesty International said today after four protesters were killed and the government issued a statement saying that police may start using live ammunition.

    The death of a man after being brutally beaten by two riot police officers is another example of pervasive police impunity in Ukraine.

    “There must be no impunity for law enforcement officers who resort to abusive use of force. We have repeatedly called on the Ukrainian authorities to bring perpetrators to justice, but today’s unlawful violence by the police has led to at least one death. What else needs to happen before police officers are held accountable for human rights violations?” said Heather McGill, Amnesty International's Ukraine expert.

    The Ministry of Internal Affairs has denied that it was using live ammunition but has threatened to use live rounds following the shootings.

    December 04, 2013

    Posted at 0001 GMT 5 December 2013

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    North Korea’s vast infrastructure of repression is further exposed in new satellite images showing the on-going development of two of the country’s largest political prison camps, Amnesty International discloses today.

    In a comprehensive assessments of camps 15 and 16 - known as kwanliso - Amnesty International found new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities, and continued tight security.

    The analysis, along with newly released testimonies, is included in Amnesty International’s latest briefing North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastructure of Repression. 

    A former security official at kwanliso 16 – the largest political prison camp in North Korea – has never spoken publicly before. He describes detainees being forced to dig their own graves and women being raped and then disappearing.

    June 06, 2013

    Urgent steps must be taken by the Turkish authorities to prevent further deaths and injuries and allow protesters access to their fundamental rights, as well as ensuring the security of all members of the public, Amnesty International said following reports of more than 1,000 injuries and at least two deaths of protesters in Istanbul.

    Amnesty International kept its office, which is close to the Taksim area of Istanbul, open as a safe haven for protesters escaping police violence throughout the night. Twenty doctors are currently in the office and treating injured protestors. Other civil society organizations have taken similar actions.

    November 11, 2012

    The short documentary film, Still on the Frontline,looks at the issues facing women war rape survivors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film follows Amnesty International researcher, Elena Wasylew, as she conducts her research on the ground and includes interviews with survivors, activists and government officials.

    Throughout the 1992-1995 conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), thousands of women and girls were raped, many of them systematically and repeatedly. In spite of international outrage and wide-spread media attention, very little has been done in BiH to ensure the survivors’ right to justice, truth and reparation. While most perpetrators have never been brought to justice, the survivors of these crimes are still struggling to rebuild their shattered lives.

    The film has been made to promote the Amnesty International Action to demand that the BiH authorities provide survivors in Tuzla with adequate healthcare.

    Ten years ago, on 2 December 2002, young people from the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario went out onto a road leading past their reserve and stopped the logging tracks carrying away trees cut on their traditional territory. Community member Judy DaSilva says of the blockade, "It was the last thing we could do because everything around us was disappearing. The clean water, the clean air, our way of life, our traditions, like the wild rice picking and even blueberries were disappearing."

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