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Security agreement puts 16,000 Iraqi detainees at risk of torture

28 November 2008

Under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which will take effect on 31 December, around 16,000 prisoners held by the US will be transferred to Iraqi custody.

China, Iran and Jamaica go against trend on executions

28 November 2008

The execution of a Chinese scientist on Friday is the latest in a series of executions that are going against the global trend towards a moratorium on the death pena

Don’t turn your back on girls - Sexual violence in Haiti

27 November 2008

Sexual violence against girls in Haiti is widespread and pervasive, and although already at shocking levels, is said to be on the increase.

Action around the world for Democratic Republic of Congo

27 November 2008

Activists are demonstrating around the world to call for urgent and effective protection of civilians in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Algerian human rights lawyer convicted for denouncing violations

26 November 2008

The Court of Appeals in Algiers upheld the conviction of a prominent human rights lawyer, Amine Sidhoum, on Wednesday.

Europe unites against Roma discrimination

26 November 2008

An innovative two-day meeting in London – organised by Amnesty International – has brought together Roma and human rights activists from across Europe.

Neither violence against women nor poverty are inevitable

25 November 2008

Irene Khan, Amnesty International writes about the links between violence against women and poverty to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Again

Colombia's 'Victims Law' is discriminatory

25 November 2008

A draft law in Colombia aiming to grant reparation to victims of the country's 40-year conflict has been called "discriminatory" by Amnesty International.

Political violence in Nicaragua out of control

24 November 2008

Clashes between supporters of the government party and those of the opposition, have been fuelled by accusations of fraud and vote rigging during this month's election

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