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(...)

Farmer: Shemgie Kulbla, who produces wheat seed. Photograph: Hugh Chaloner/Gorta-Self Help Africa 2:43

Yeshi Endeg was 17 when a group of floppy-haired singers filed into a studio in Notting Hill to record the original Do They Know It’s Christmas? The E(...)

Amnesty International has launched a new tool, Detekt, to allow journalists and human rights activists to check whether their computers and mobile phones are being monitored. Photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images

A new tool to help journalists and human rights activists identify surveillance spyware on their tech devices has been released today by Amnesty Inter(...)

The bodies of members of the Abu Jamei family, who were  killed in an Israeli airstrike, are buried in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on July 21st.  Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Israel committed war crimes during the summer’s 50-day war on Gaza by targeting densely populated neighbourhoods and killing 1,523 civilian Palestini(...)

A file image showing  members of the Abu Jamei family, who were allegedly killed in an Israeli airstrike during the country’s war against Islamic militants, being  buried in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, in July 21. Photograph: The New York Times

Amnesty International has accused Israel of committing war crimes during the war in the Gaza Strip this summer, saying it displayed “callous indiffere(...)

Ghoncheh Ghavami (25) was arrested on June 2th outside the Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, where she and others were demanding that women be allowed in to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy. Photograph: Change.org

Human rights activists have described the jailing in Iran of an Iranian-British woman for trying to attend a men’s volleyball game as “appalling”. Gho(...)

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky sits on the wall enclosing the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry after cutting off part of his earlobe as part of his performance/protest action. Photograph:  Reuters

It was a bright day two weeks ago in Moscow, with the temperature just above freezing, when Pyotr Pavlensky stripped naked and climbed the forbidding (...)

A file image from April showing rescue operations  underway after the ferry Sewol sank in waters off Jindo Island, in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea. Photograph: EPA

South Korean prosecutors today sought the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people, most of them school chi(...)

Egyptian mourners attending the funeral for one of the soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Sinai. Photograph: Eadwan Abou Magd/EPA

Egypt announced yesterday it was postponing talks in Cairo on cementing the Gaza ceasefire after closing its border with the Palestinian enclave in re(...)

Police officers push protesters out to a nearby park to clear the main roads outside government headquarters in Hong Kong’s Admiralty yesterday. Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers moved in to clear pro-democracy protesters out of a tunnel outside the city government headquarters in the latest escalation of tensions in a week-long political crisis. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Harrowing images of police officers apparently beating up a democracy activist after he was led away in hand restraints escalated tensions in Hong Ko(...)