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India: Authorities must release Irom Sharmila following government decision to decriminalize suicide

16 December 2014

Authorities in India must build on the central government’s decision to decriminalize suicide by dropping all charges of attempted suicide against prisoner of conscience Irom Sharmila.

Pakistan: Sickening Taliban school attack highlights vulnerability of civilians

16 December 2014

A Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area.

Iran: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution

16 December 2014

The Iranian authorities’ threat to expedite the execution of 10 men on death row in retaliation for going on hunger strike is deplorable, said Amnesty International.

Woman and girls in Mkhondo, South Africa: Force for change

15 December 2014

Maria Shongwe has overcome obstacles that many women and girls in South Africa face - including poverty and living with HIV - to become an inspirational community activist.

South Korea: Stop tear gas supply or risk fuelling repression in Turkey

15 December 2014

The South Korean authorities must immediately stop the planned shipment of massive amounts of tear gas to Turkey, where the security forces have frequently abused riot control equipment amid repression of peaceful protests.

Russia: End persecution of activists in Chechnya

15 December 2014

Russian authorities should act to end a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today after the office of a local human rights group was burned down. 

Yemen: Investigate killing of activist at peaceful protest

15 December 2014

The Yemeni authorities must investigate the killing of a political activist shot dead by security forces during a peaceful protest in the southern city of Aden.

Daniel Quintero: ‘We should be free of this now’

13 December 2014

Daniel Quintero, a 21-year old student from Venezuela, never imagined that he would end up being tortured after going to an anti-goverment demonstration. He tells us what happened, and how he is doing now.

Dr Mohammed al-Roken - It takes an extraordinary person ...

12 December 2014

Lawyer Mohammed al-Roken was jailed for 10 years in July 2013, following a huge crackdown on political and human rights activists in the United Arab Emirates. We talked to three people who have worked alongside him and know him as a courageous, extraordinary defender of human rights. 

Afghanistan: ‘Reprehensible’ attacks underscore urgent need to protect civilians

12 December 2014

The recent wave of attacks on civilians by the Taliban and other armed groups in Afghanistan are reprehensible acts which underscore the new Afghan government’s urgent responsibility to protect the right to life.

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