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Bahrain King orders release of political prisoners

14 April 2009

The authorities in Bahrain released all 178 political prisoners on Sunday after they were pardoned by the King of Bahrain.

China's new human rights plan emphasizes economic rights at expense of civil liberties

14 April 2009

The Chinese authorities have released a National Human Rights Action Plan that, in some areas, includes concrete targets for 2010.

Nine men executed in Sudan following unfair trial

14 April 2009

The Sudanese government executed nine people who may have been innocent on Monday.

Nepal's government fails to protect women human rights activists

10 April 2009

A year into its rule, the Maoist government has failed to live up to its commitments to improving women's human rights, including protecting women human rights defende

Austria urged to tackle police racism

9 April 2009

Austria's police and justice system are plagued by racism, according to an Amnesty International report.

Guantánamo detainees still waiting for judicial review

9 April 2009

Only a handful of Guantánamo detainees have had court hearings to determine the lawfulness of their detention.

Taiwan signs up for human rights

9 April 2009

Taiwan’s legislature has ratified two of the most important international conventions for the development of human rights.

Organizers of peaceful demonstration blamed for violence in Moldova

9 April 2009

The authorities in Moldova have threatened to arrest a group of civil society activists who organized a peaceful demonstration, blaming them for the rioting that fol

Sikh massacre victims await justice in India, 25 years on

9 April 2009

Twenty-five years after the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in India, the country's government has failed to bring to justice those responsible.

Senior rebels sentenced to long prison terms in Sierra Leone

9 April 2009

Three senior leaders of the Sierra Leone rebel group, the Revolutionary United Front, were sentenced to long prison terms by the Special Court for Sierra Leone on We

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