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New Zimbabwe government urged to prioritise human rights

10 February 2009

Zimbabwe's new unified government has been urged to place human rights at the top of its agenda.

More civilians killed in Sri Lanka fighting

10 February 2009

As the fighting continues between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), civilians pay the price for both parties' disregard for internatio

Mexican government's report to UN fails to acknowledge human rights reality

9 February 2009

The report, submitted to the Human Rights Council, also fails to acknowledge that the Mexican government's policies are frequently not implemented or lack impact.

Human rights violations persist in Iran 30 years after Islamic revolution

9 February 2009

Ayatollah Khomeini promised that all Iranians would be free. However, the past 30 years have been characterised by persistent human rights violations.

Hundreds of migrants at risk if returned from Italian island

6 February 2009

Over 1,600 migrants currently held on the Italian island of Lampedusa are at risk of being forcibly returned to their home countries.

Chinese government report to UN Human Rights Council "whitewashes abuses"

6 February 2009

Amnesty International has said that the Chinese government’s report to the UN Universal Periodic Review whitewashes serious human rights abuses being committed

Call for a truce in Sri Lanka as humanitarian situation deteriorates

6 February 2009

Amnesty International has called for a temporary truce and for the creation of humanitarian corridors to allow more than quarter of a million trapped civilians to es

Another hostage released in Colombia

6 February 2009

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have set free a second hostage in a week with the release of regional deputy Sigifredo López.

Tunisian trade unionists' convictions upheld

5 February 2009

Those sentenced were accused of leading unrest against unemployment and high living costs in the phosphate-rich Gafsa region of south-east Tunisia earlier in 2008.

More hostage releases in Colombia

4 February 2009

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have released former governor Alan Jara, who had been held hostage by the guerrilla group since 2001.

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