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Muzzling dissent: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to choke civil society

9 October 2014

Peaceful human rights activists have been routinely harassed, rounded up like criminals and often ill-treated in detention as the Saudi Arabian authorities go to extreme lengths to hound critics into silent submission. 

Afghanistan: Execution of five men an affront to justice

8 October 2014

The execution of five men in Afghanistan who had been convicted over a gang rape following a series of flawed trials is an affront to justice.

Nineteen deaths reported as violent clashes continue across south-east Turkey

8 October 2014

The Turkish government must act to stop the spiralling violence which continues to rock the predominantly Kurdish south-east of the country.

Flowers for Anna – Russia’s offensive on media and the truth

7 October 2014

Activists around the world will mark the eighth anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya on 7 October.

Sri Lanka: UN review highlights empty rights promises

7 October 2014

Sri Lanka must stop making empty promises to the international community and the Sri Lankan people on improving the country’s still desperate human rights situation, Amnesty International said ahead of a UN review of the country’s rights record.

Myanmar: Prisoner release ‘empty gesture’ as repression continues

7 October 2014

An amnesty of thousands of prisoners in Myanmar is essentially an empty political gesture as scores of peaceful activists are believed to remain behind bars.

Thailand must investigate police torture allegations in tourist murder probe

7 October 2014

Thailand must ensure an independent and thorough investigation into mounting allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by police and respect fair trial rights during their probe into the murder of two British tourists on the island of Koh Tao.

Alejandra Ancheita claims 2014 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

7 October 2014

Alejandra Ancheita has been selected by the International Human Rights Community as the 2014 Martin Ennals Award Laureate. 

‘You feel that just anybody can be detained’ – Russia’s shrinking space for peaceful protest

6 October 2014

Russia's show trials of Bolotnaya protesters earlier this year rocked many in Russian society and shocked the world. But those headline cases are just the tip of the iceberg in the authorities’ wider bid to crush the freedoms of assembly and expression. 

Mexico: Doubts over missing students’ fate as mass grave exhumed

6 October 2014

Federal authorities must launch a full and thorough investigations into the disappearances for 43 missing students in Iguala, Mexico as doubts persist that the bodies found in a mass grave belong to the missing students.

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