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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.

Ten things you should know about the USA’s brutal isolation chambers

4 October 2014

The USA stands virtually alone in the world when it comes to incarcerating thousands of prisoners in long term or indefinite solitary confinement. Here are some things you should know about one of the USA’s most widespread and cruel practices. 

Entombed: Life in the USA’s cruel isolation chambers

4 October 2014

When 71-year-old Herman Wallace died shortly after being released from more than four decades in isolation in a Louisiana prison, a year ago today, the extent of the system’s inhumanity was brought to light once again.

Hong Kong: Women and girls attacked as police fail to protect peaceful protesters

3 October 2014

Hong Kong’s police failed in their duty to protect hundreds of peaceful pro-democracy protesters from attacks by counter demonstrators on Friday evening, Amnesty International said. 

Bahrain: Release activist detained for ‘insulting’ government on Twitter

2 October 2014

The Bahraini authorities must immediately release a prominent human rights activist who has been detained for posting tweets deemed insulting to the country’s Ministry of Interior.

Russia: “Speak out for Freedom” – show of solidarity against repression

2 October 2014

Amnesty International is launching a Week of Action, from 6 to 12 October 2014, to show solidarity with independent voices in Russia who speak out against the pernicious creep of repression in the country.

China: Release supporters of Hong Kong protests

1 October 2014

The Chinese authorities must release all those detained for peacefully showing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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