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Indigenous Mexican women framed over kidnapping are prisoners of conscience

12 February 2010

Alberta Alcántara and Teresa González Cornelio (pictured) were sentenced to 21 years in prison in January 2009, when they were convicted of kidnapping of six police officers.

President of Burkina Faso commits to lifting financial barriers to maternal health in a meeting with Amnesty International

12 February 2010

Blaise Compaoré expressed his commitment to emergency obstetric care and access to family planning to delegation led by interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone.

Iran's report to UN paints distorted picture on human rights

12 February 2010

An Amnesty International paper responding to Iran's own submission to the UN ahead of the Human Rights Council review of the country, illustrates Iran's failure to uphold human rights.

Chinese authorities urged to free activist Liu Xiaobo

11 February 2010

A Beijing court has rejected the well-known scholar's appeal against his 11 year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power".

Amnesty International on its work with Moazzam Begg and Cageprisoners

11 February 2010

Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone on the controversy surrounding the organization in light of statements made by a staff member.

Darfuri refugees exposed to increased attacks if UN withdraws from Chad

11 February 2010

Hundreds of thousands could become vulnerable to increased attacks after the government has insisted that the peacekeeping mission leaves the country when its mandate expires in March.

Abuse of human rights in Zimbabwe continues under unity government

10 February 2010

Torture, harassment and politically motivated prosecutions of human rights activists and perceived opponents have persisted since the government's formation a year ago.

Turkey urged to end discriminatory clampdown on gay rights groups

10 February 2010

Amnesty International is concerned that a new attempt to close down the LGBT group Black Pink Triangle through the courts, follows cases against similar organizations in recent years.

Fears for anti-government protesters in Iran as authorities warn of zero tolerance

10 February 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to allow peaceful demonstrations on Thursday, the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in the country.

Artist convicted of slander in Uzbekistan

10 February 2010

Umida Ahmedova was found guilty of charges based on some of her photographs and film projects, which were interpreted as insulting the Uzbekistani people and their traditions.

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