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Women's rights activist detained in China

14 January 2009

Authorities in Shanghai detained a prominent female activist on Monday and assigned her to seven days administrative detention.

Jestina Mukoko still in custody – African leaders silent

14 January 2009

Zimbabwean human rights activist Jestina Mukoko was abducted from her home by armed state security agents, at around 5am on 3 December 2008.

Video: The human rights implications of the Israel/Gaza conflict

14 January 2009

Amnesty International's Philip Luther explains the human rights issues involved in the Israel/Gaza conflict.

Thai security forces systematically torture in southern counter-insurgency

13 January 2009

People are being brutally beaten, burnt with candles, buried up to their necks in the ground, subjected to electric shocks and exposed to intense heat or cold, accor

China blocks Amnesty International website

13 January 2009

In a recent effort to clean up 'vulgar' internet content, the Chinese authorities have targeted many other sites including MSN, Baidu and Google.

Tunisian trade unionists' appeal postponed

13 January 2009

The appeal hearing of 33 Tunisian workers and trade union activists has been postponed until 3 February.

Firm action urged to ensure accountability in Gaza conflict

12 January 2009

Amnesty International has written to the United Nations Security Council calling for the establishment of full accountability for crimes committed in Gaza conflict a

President-elect Obama urged to halt Guantánamo trial

12 January 2009

Barack Obama is being urged to back up his pledge to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay by calling a halt to a military commission trial scheduled

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.

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