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Russian activists awarded European rights prize

22 October 2009

The 2009 Sakharov prize for human rights has been awarded to Russian activists Oleg Orlov, Sergei Kovalev and Ludmila Alekseeva.

Army in Pakistan must stop harassment of Mehsud tribe

22 October 2009

The military has refused to allow members of the tribe to use major roads to flee the government’s latest offensive against the Pakistani Taleban, witnesses have told Amnesty International.

Migrant workers treated as 'disposable labour' in South Korea

21 October 2009

Many migrant workers in South Korea are beaten, trafficked for sexual exploitation and denied their wages for long periods despite the introduction of rules to protect their rights.

Iran must overturn sentences issued by post-election 'show trial'

21 October 2009

Iranian-American academic Kian Tajbakhsh has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, for his alleged part in the protests following the June presidential election.

Uruguay must annul law that protects police and military torture suspects

20 October 2009

A law in Uruguay that has allowed the police and military to get away with torture and murder should be annulled.

UN calls on Belarus to halt execution

20 October 2009

The United Nations has echoed Amnesty International’s call to halt the imminent execution of a man accused of murdering of six elderly women in Belarus.

Afghan government must set out credible presidential election plan

20 October 2009

The Afghan government and its international supporters must immediately set out a clear and effective plan to ensure a credible second round of presidential election voting.

Peru must build on plans to legalise abortion

20 October 2009

Amnesty International has called on the Peruvian authorities to step up recent efforts to decriminalise abortion in the country.

Colombian human rights activist seriously injured in gun attack

19 October 2009


The invaluable work carried out by human rights defenders in Colombia must be respected by all the parties to the armed conflict, Amnesty International has said.

Threat of charges against Iranian presidential candidate part of cover up

19 October 2009

Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to dismiss legal action against former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi.

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