The entrance to  the former  Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street, Dublin.   The Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill, published last month, proposes survivors of the laundries be entitled to GP care, prescription medicines, nursing and home-help as well as dental, ophthalmic, aural, counselling, chiropody and physiotherapy services provided by the HSE. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The draft legislation to assist survivors of Magdalene laundries has been described as “unacceptable, unfair and full of broken promises” by advocacy (...)

People take part in an Amnesty International protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in Vienna, on Friday, against the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Photograph: EPA

A blogger who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam has had his case referred to the supreme court by the king’s office in Saudi Arabia.Ra(...)

Amnesty International staging a protest demanding the  release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Department of Foreign Affairs  said the “nature and severity” of the penalty   is a “cause of concern”. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

The “nature and severity” of the penalty imposed on jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who will receive 50 lashes later today, is a “cause of (...)

Ibrahim Halawa: has had court proceedings postponed twice since his incarceration in Tora prison in August 2013

While Ibrahim Halawa will be happy that his cellmates, Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, have been granted a r(...)

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa  holding a picture of their brother Ibrahim  who is  in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Friends and family of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, awaiting trial in Egypt, staged a vigil outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin on Saturday afterno(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is to ask the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in a landmark case taken by the State over alleged torture by Brit(...)

Pictured at the ‘Hooded Men’ Amnesty press conference in Dublin. From left: Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally Brian Turley, Gerry McKerr, Francis Mc Guigan, Joe Clarke, Jim Auld, Front (from left): Kevin Hannaway, Liam Shannon and Colm O’Gorman (standing sideways). Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Amnesty International has called on the Government to press for the re-opening of a key European case on the alleged use of torture in Northern Ire(...)

Beatriz who almost died waiting for permission to terminate a pregnancy that could have killed her. Photograph: Amnesty International

Punitive anti-abortion laws in El Salvador, which have resulted in women and girls serving long prison sentences and seen child rape victims forced(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Amnesty International claims to have discovered “gruesome evidence” of ethnic cleansing by the Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq. The human rig(...)

Palestinians rest outside destroyed homes in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, yesterday. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

The US “will have more blood on its hands” if it continues to supply weapons to Israel for the Gaza conflict, the executive director of Amnesty Intern(...)