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Democratic Republic of Congo must end persecution of human rights defenders

17 February 2010

Human rights defenders in the DRC continue to be arbitrarily detained by security agencies and subjected to an alarming number of death threats.

Europe urged to strengthen rights as ministers meet

17 February 2010

Representatives of the 47 member states gather in the Swiss resort of Interlaken this week for a two-day conference to discuss further reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.

Afghan civilians at risk during NATO offensive against Taleban

17 February 2010

Texas execution nears as condemned man seeks DNA test

17 February 2010

Henry Skinner is scheduled to become the 450th person to be executed in the state since judicial killing resumed in the USA in 1977.

Nepal authorities must provide justice over torture and murder of 15-year-old girl

17 February 2010

Iran 'shows contempt' for human rights by rejecting UN recommendations

17 February 2010

Myanmar urged to end repression of ethnic minorities before elections

16 February 2010

The authorities have arrested, imprisoned and in some cases tortured or even killed ethnic minority activists, according to a new Amnesty International report drawing on over 700 testimonies.

Fears for three forcibly disappeared by Mexican soldiers

16 February 2010

Not seen since they were taken in December, the three are believed to be the latest victims of human rights abuses committed by troops deployed to combat the rise of organized crime.

Côte d'Ivoire toxic waste compensation deal open to abuse

15 February 2010

A deal agreed between lawyers representing victims of the Trafigura toxic waste disaster and a group trying to secure control of the $45 million compensation fund is open to serious abuse.

Sentence reduced for US conscientious objector

12 February 2010

Travis Bishop, a US army sergeant who refused to serve in Afghanistan because of his religious beliefs as a Christian, has had his year-long sentenced shortened by three months.

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