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EU 'turned their backs on' migrants - Amnesty

In a report, it said "cynical deals" with Libya consigned thousands to the risk of drowning, rape and torture.

It said the EU was turning a blind eye to abuses in Libyan detention centres, and was mostly leaving it up to sea rescue charities to save migrants.

More than 2000 people have died in 2017 trying to get to Europe, it said.

The EU has so far made no public comments on Amnesty's report.

It comes as interior ministers from the 28-member bloc are meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss the migrant crisis.

Amnesty calls for release of Fijian protestor

Jope Koroisavou walked through downtown Suva yesterday carrying banners with the name of six victims tortured by the country's security forces.

Mr Koroisavou spent the night in police custody and he is due to be questioned again this morning according to his lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh.

Mr Ravindra-Singh says Mr Koroisavou has yet to be formally charged but questioning indicates he is likely to be charged with sedition.

Amnesty's regional director James Gomez said instead of cracking down on peaceful protest the Fijian authorities should be cracking down on torture.

Manus facility unsafe for asylum seekers: Organisation

This was the reaction from Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, to the shooting incident in the Australian Government-run refugee detention centre on Manus Island.

“More incidences like this are inevitable unless the refugees and asylum seekers are relocated to safety,” she said.

“We call for measures to ensure the immediate safety and wellbeing of all asylum seekers and refugees, including adequate medical care to those who may have suffered from damage or injury, and a prompt and independent investigation of this incident.

'Facebook 'most secure' for instant messaging services, says Amnesty

"We are already in an age where incredible amounts of people's personal data is online and that is rapidly increasing," says Joe Westby, a technology researcher for the human rights group.

Snapchat and Skype were much lower down the list and Westby warns that "there won't be any privacy in the future".

Part of the research looked at how open companies are to requests for data from governments.

Amnesty International accuse Brazil of missing "golden opportunity" to improve human rights during Rio 2016

It comes after at least eight people were reportedly killed in police operations in the city during the Games.

According to the Institute for Public Security of the State of Rio de Janeiro, 35 people were killed in April this year, 40 in May and 49 in June.

Home invasions and "physical and verbal" aggression has also been highlighted as authorities continue their war on the city's drugs gang. 

UN peacekeepers accused of death, rape in African mission

A statement Tuesday said the two incidents on Aug. 2 and 3 occurred as the peacekeepers were carrying out an operation in the capital, Bangui.

Amnesty International said a spokesperson for the U.N. peacekeeping mission told the human rights organization that it has opened an internal investigation into the alleged rape and killings. The spokesperson also told the group that the Bangui operation was carried out by police peacekeepers from Rwanda and Cameroon.

Amnesty accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

Amnesty International further says Israeli forces carried out disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks, killing at least 135 civilians over those four days.

It says the military failed to independently probe the incident and called on the International Criminal Court to investigate.

Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman denounced the report — one of several the London-based group has released on the Gaza war — as "fundamentally flawed."

Amnesty: Mexico bodies report highlights 'shocking' crisis

The international human rights watchdog calls the situation "shocking" — not only in the state of Guerrero, where the students disappeared last September, but also elsewhere in Mexico.

Amnesty's statement Monday came in response to an AP report the previous day in which federal officials said the bodies had been found in 60 clandestine graves over the last 10 months.