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Tiananmen crackdown: Repression intensifies on eve of 25th anniversary

3 June 2014

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, Amnesty International has documented a further 30 activists that have been persecuted as the Chinese authorities attempt to suppress those that seek to commemorate the victims of 4 June 1989. 

Tiananmen’s ‘Most Wanted’: Four inspiring activists remember the crackdown - Part One

2 June 2014

In the aftermath of the bloody crackdown in Tiananment Square in 1989, the Chinese authorities published the names of those “Most Wanted” for their role in the protests. Read the stories of two of them in the first of a two-part series.

Persecution in universities as Iran 'squeezes the life out of' academic freedom

2 June 2014

The Iranian authorities have waged a ruthless campaign of repression over the past three decades against students and academics because of their peaceful activism, views or beliefs.

China: Detention of artist underlines severe repression ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

2 June 2014

The Chinese authorities must end the severe persecution against all those attempting to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, said Amnesty International after a Chinese-born Australian artist became the latest to be detained for giving a media interview on the crackdown.

Turkmenistan must grant retrial to hunger strike prisoner on brink of death

2 June 2014

Prison doctors say human rights activist has hours to live following a 14-day dry hunger strike in protest at the 22-year sentence passed down after an unfair trial.

Senegal: Human rights of communities trampled in 'Gold Rush'

30 May 2014

Rights to land are being sold from beneath the feet of rural communities in mining areas as the government of Senegal grants concessions to mining companies without safeguarding human rights.

India: Authorities must impartially investigate gang-rape and murder of Dalit girls

30 May 2014

The gang-rape and murder of two teenage Dalit girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh is a gruesome reminder of the violence that Dalit women and girls face in India.

Zambia: Court postpones verdict on two men accused of having gay sex

30 May 2014

The protracted detention of two Zambian men accused of having sex is an affront to all who believe in fundamental human rights, equality and non-discrimination.

Torture in 2014: Stories of modern horror

29 May 2014

A Mexican woman is raped on a police bus; a Nigerian man still suffers from migraines four years after police repeatedly banged his head against a concrete wall; a woman from the Philippines still has flashbacks of the moment a soldier poured hot candle wax over her skin. 

China: Shameful stadium ‘show trial’ is not justice

29 May 2014

The deplorable mass sentencing of 55 people at a stadium in north-western China is no solution to addressing public security fears.

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