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Guatemala's President must act to avert crisis

12 January 2009

A year into Alvaro Colom's term as Guatemala's President, more action needs to be taken to build on his promising commitments to improve human rights in the country.

Death sentences commuted in Ghana – time for abolition

9 January 2009

The outgoing President of Ghana, John Kufuor, commuted all death sentences in the country.

President-elect Barack Obama: set a date to close Guantánamo

9 January 2009

Activists demand the closure of Guantánamo on the seventh anniversary of the first transfers of detainees to the US detention facility in Cuba.

Gaza civilians endangered by the military tactics of both sides

8 January 2009

Both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters are endangering the lives of Palestinian civilians – including by using them as human shields, says Amnesty Intern

Ghana's new President must commit to human rights

8 January 2009

Professor John Evans Atta Mills must make human rights central to his political programme. In a new document, Amnesty International has highlighted seven key human rig

Ethiopian parliament adopts repressive new NGO law

8 January 2009

The Charities and Societies Proclamation law could criminalise the human rights activities of both foreign and domestic non-governmental organizations.

Iranian Aids doctors tried in closed hearing

8 January 2009

Detained without charge for six months, brothers Arash and Kamiar Alaei could now face up to ten years in prison for 'cooperation' with an 'enemy government'.

Firmer European voice needed to unblock humanitarian crisis in the Middle East

8 January 2009

EU Foreign Ministers urged to pressure Israel to end attacks which are directed at civilians or civilian buildings in the Gaza Strip, and to allow much needed humanita

Amnesty International calls for an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza

7 January 2009

UN Security Council urged to demand that Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups observe an immediate truce to allow desperately needed humanitarian assistance to

China urged to release scholar Liu Xiaobo from 'residential surveillance'

7 January 2009

One of China's best-known dissidents has been under house arrest since 8 December, after he signed a campaign for political and rights reform in China, known as Charte

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