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Stock pile of tear gas grenades in Honduras triggers fears of human rights abuses

27 November 2009

An Amnesty International delegation in Honduras monitoring the human rights situation around the presidential elections, has seen evidence suggesting an increased risk of excessive force by security forces.

Syrian activist held incommunicado at risk of torture

26 November 2009

Yousef Dheeb al-Hmoud was arrested at his home on 15 November. The authorities have not revealed where he is being held, why he was arrested or whether he will be charged.

Tunisian journalist jailed after unfair trial

26 November 2009

Amnesty International has condemned the conviction of a dissenting Tunisian journalist who has been jailed for six months on trumped up charges after an unfair trial.

Yemeni women face violence and discrimination

25 November 2009

Women in Yemen face systemic discrimination and endemic violence with devastating consequences for their lives.

Women, violence and poverty - breaking out of the gender trap

25 November 2009

Switzerland minaret ban would breach freedom of religion obligations

25 November 2009

A proposal initiated by members of two Swiss parties will ask Swiss voters if they wish to add the sentence "The construction of minarets is forbidden" to the Constitution.

Lebanon must investigate all civil war mass grave sites

25 November 2009

Following confirmation that remains recovered last week are those of British journalist Alec Collett, missing since 1985, Amnesty International has called for renewed efforts to reveal the fate of thousands abducted during the civil war.

Women face abuse in Tajikistan

24 November 2009

A new Amnesty International report urges the authorities to properly prosecute violence against women and not to dismiss it as a 'private family matter'.

Myanmar must end arrests of activists and continue aid after Cyclone Nargis

24 November 2009

In October, the Myanmar authorities arrested at least 10 political activists and journalists for trying to help survivors of Cyclone Nargis. Their whereabouts is unknown.

Sri Lanka's promise to free displaced must be followed by concrete action

24 November 2009

At least 130,000 people displaced by the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, have been held in camps under military control and deprived of their freedom of movement.

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