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Prominent Egyptian editor pardoned

8 October 2008

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has pardoned Ibrahim Eissa, who was charged with publishing information considered "damaging to the public interest and Egypt's

Pro-democracy activists in Syria face 15 years in prison

8 October 2008

Twelve people are charged with "weakening national sentiment" for attending a meeting of the Damascus Declaration for Democratic National Change.

Video: Anna Politkovskaya remembered, danger for activists continues in Russia

7 October 2008

Two years after the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, human rights activists and journalists are still at risk in the Russian Federation, in particula

Human rights violations in cities around the world

6 October 2008

As World Habitat Day focuses on the state of the housing rights situation across the globe, here are case studies from cities in Cambodia, Brazil, Italy, Israel and An

Angola bad choice to host World Habitat Day

6 October 2008

The choice of the Angolan capital Luanda to lead the global observance of this year's World Habitat Day provoked controversy among housing and human rights organizat

No truth, no justice 40 years after Mexico City massacre

2 October 2008

Forty years ago, the Mexican army opened fire on students peacefully demonstrating in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, on 2 October 1968.

How to Apply Human Rights Standards to Arms Transfer Decisions

1 October 2008

In order to achieve a more effective regulation of the international arms trade, all international transfers of conventional weaponry, munitions and equipment should be carried out in accordance with states’ legal obligations. All states have obligations under international human rights law applicable to transfers of conventional arms. The purpose of this document is to assist states and regional organisations in applying their human rights obligations. It proposes guidelines for assessing the risk of a proposed transfer being used for serious violations of human rights.

The human cost of war in Georgia

1 October 2008

Tens of thousands of displaced people are still unable to return home after the Georgia-Russia conflict. Amnesty International collected eye-witness accounts from surv

Sarajevo Queer Festival organizers still under threat

1 October 2008

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists and the participants of the Sarajevo Queer Festival continue to receive death threats.

Armed groups and government forces continue to abuse women and children in North Kivu

29 September 2008

Child soldiers are still being recruited to fight in the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is also continuing physical and sexual abuse of women a

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