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Amnesty International’s Global Round-Up

Amnesty International’s Global Round-Up: Latest Human Rights News

International protection for indigenous peoples' human rights long overdue

The end of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People is now less than four months away. http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGPOL3010092004

Chile: The terrible legacy of Augusto Pinochet

On 11 September 1973, a bloody military coup in Chile overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Salvador Allende. http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGAMR229092004

Sudan: Amnesty International's Secretary General starts visit

Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General, will visit Darfur in Sudan to review the current human rights crisis. http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGAFR541122004

Indonesia: Amnesty International condemns Jakarta bomb attack

Amnesty International strongly condemns today's bomb attack outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGASA210352004

Joint NGO statement on the Beslan Hostage Tragedy

A coalition of Russian and international human rights organizations united today to condemn in the strongest terms the taking hostage and killing of hundreds of children, parents and teachers by a group of armed men and women in a school in the city of Beslan. http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGEUR460502004

Kenya: Draft anti-terrorism legislation may undermine Kenyan constitution and international law

Amnesty International is seriously concerned that Kenya's Suppression of Terrorism Bill 2003 contains measures that violate Kenyan law, human rights treaties to which Kenya is a party, and may result in human rights violations. http://news.amnesty.org/index/ENGAFR320042004

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