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African Commission calls for a moratorium on the death penalty

5 December 2008

In an important step towards making the African Union (AU) a totally death penalty-free zone, the African Commission calls on African States to observe a moratorium on

Gaza reduced to bare survival

5 December 2008

The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is having ever more serious consequences on its population, with food and water in short supply. 

Still no justice for Guatemala massacre victims after 26 years

5 December 2008

Those who executed and planned the massacre of 250 people in Dos Erres have never been convicted. The case has been paralysed by constant appeals, and shows no signs o

Tunisian trade union leader on trial for role in protests

4 December 2008

A trade union leader and 37 others face trial in Tunisia on Thursday, accused of fomenting unrest during protests earlier this year in the Gafsa region.

Mauritania's security forces guilty of routine torture

3 December 2008

The country's security forces have adopted torture as the preferred method of investigation and repression, according to a new Amnesty International report.

Wo Weihan – taken before he could say his last goodbyes

3 December 2008

Wo Weihan, a 59-year-old medical scientist who was found guilty of spying for Taiwan, was executed in China on Friday. His daughters and his son-in-law describe how

Zimbabwean authorities target activists and trade unionists

3 December 2008

A Zimbabwean human rights activist was abducted from her home at dawn on Wednesday by a group of armed plain-clothes men who identified themselves as policemen.

Landmark cluster bomb treaty signed in Oslo

3 December 2008

Ninety two states have signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions - which bans the production, stockpiling, use and export of cluster bombs.

People of DRC need action, not words

2 December 2008

The United Nations is not doing enough to help protect civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, warns Amnesty International.

"Chemical Ali" sentenced to death a second time

2 December 2008

Two senior former officials in Saddam Hussein's government were sentenced to death on Tuesday.

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