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Hundreds of migrants at risk if returned from Italian island

6 February 2009

Over 1,600 migrants currently held on the Italian island of Lampedusa are at risk of being forcibly returned to their home countries.

Chinese government report to UN Human Rights Council "whitewashes abuses"

6 February 2009

Amnesty International has said that the Chinese government’s report to the UN Universal Periodic Review whitewashes serious human rights abuses being committed

Call for a truce in Sri Lanka as humanitarian situation deteriorates

6 February 2009

Amnesty International has called for a temporary truce and for the creation of humanitarian corridors to allow more than quarter of a million trapped civilians to es

Another hostage released in Colombia

6 February 2009

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have set free a second hostage in a week with the release of regional deputy Sigifredo López.

Tunisian trade unionists' convictions upheld

5 February 2009

Those sentenced were accused of leading unrest against unemployment and high living costs in the phosphate-rich Gafsa region of south-east Tunisia earlier in 2008.

More hostage releases in Colombia

4 February 2009

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have released former governor Alan Jara, who had been held hostage by the guerrilla group since 2001.

UN review must deliver on human rights

3 February 2009

The human rights records of 16 countries are up for review at the fourth session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group in Geneva.

Myanmar minority group in peril

2 February 2009

Hundreds of Myanmar's Rohingya people are missing at sea and many more are at risk of drowning after Thai authorities forcibly expelled large groups of Rohingyas see

Egyptian court overturns journalists' prison sentences

2 February 2009

Four Egyptian newspaper editors convicted of publishing offences under a controversial press law have had their one-year prison sentences overturned by a Cairo Appea

Human rights violations go unpunished in Chad

30 January 2009

One year after the battle between government and armed opposition forces in N’Djaména, Chad, serious human rights violations perpetrated by the security

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