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Detainees used as bargaining chips by both sides in Israel/Gaza conflict

20 March 2009

Palestinian armed groups and the Israeli authorities are denying prisoners their rights, including Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held for 1,000 days, and

Scores face execution in Iraq six years after invasion

20 March 2009

On the sixth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, nearly 130 people face imminent execution in the country.

Pope urged to address Church-linked forced evictions in Angola

20 March 2009

From 2003 to 2006, the Angolan authorities forcibly evicted thousands of people in the Angolan capital of Luanda from land belonging to the Catholic Church.

China's detention system under pressure after inmate deaths

20 March 2009

At least six inmates have died this year, amid increasing reports of torture by police officers or bullying by fellow prisoners.

Greek prisoner activist found dead during prisoner transfer

20 March 2009

Early on Wednesday morning, a Greek prisoner actively engaged in defending prisoners’ rights was found dead.

Thirteen die in Mozambican police cell

20 March 2009

At least 13 people have died while held in custody in an overcrowded police cell in Mozambique.

Ireland's offer to accept Guantánamo detainees must be matched

20 March 2009

Amnesty International has called on other European governments to follow Ireland's lead in offering to accept a small number of Guantánamo detainees who the U

Deaths in custody in Iran highlight prison authorities' disregard for life

20 March 2009

The death in custody of an internet blogger in Iran on Wednesday raised renewed fears that prisoners in the country are being denied medical treatment, possibly as a

Pope's visit to Cameroon raises questions about gay and lesbian rights

19 March 2009

On his first trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI is asked reiterate his commitment to ending the criminalization of same-sex sexual relations.

Colombian activists smeared by abuse of legal system

19 March 2009

Colombian authorities have renewed criminal proceedings against two prominent and well-respected Colombian human rights activists.

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