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Malawian men facing trial for 'gross indecency' must be released

22 March 2010

Amnesty International calls on the Malawian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release two men, after a judge ruled that they will face trial in April on charges of “gross indecency”.

Election observers must monitor human rights during Sudanese elections

19 March 2010

An increase in harassment, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and other ill-treatment by security forces is anticipated ahead of April's elections.

Open letter on death penalty in Taiwan

18 March 2010

President Ma Ying-jeou urged to ensure that the country's de facto moratorium on executions remains in place.

Cuba's 'ladies in white' at risk of beatings and intimidation

18 March 2010

President Raúl Castro has been urged to ensure the safety of a group of female relatives of prisoners of conscience.

Saudi Arabia 'sorcery' death sentence upheld

18 March 2010

If the higher courts reject his appeal, former televison presenter 'Ali Hussain Sibat could be executed at any time.

Fears for Kurdish minority activist detained incommunicado in Syria

18 March 2010

It is not known why 'Abed al-Hafith 'Abed al-Rahman is being detained or whether any charges have been brought against him.

Cuba urged to revoke repressive laws and release prisoners of conscience

17 March 2010

President Raúl Castro also called upon to allow independent monitoring of the country's human rights situation by UN experts and other human rights groups.

Control of US special forces in Afghanistan a step toward accountability

17 March 2010

New measures introduced by the Commander of US forces and the NATO International Security Assistance Force are in response to resentment spurred by ongoing civilian casualties.

Legal loopholes allow European companies to trade in 'tools of torture'

16 March 2010

European companies are participating in the global trade in types of equipment widely used in torture or other ill-treatment, according to evidence presented in a new report by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation.

Vietnamese Catholic priest should be unconditionally released

16 March 2010

Father Nguyen Van Ly, who is serving an eight year jail term for spreading "propaganda" against the state in 2007, was released for a period of 12 months on humanitarian grounds to receive medical treatment.

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