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Hariri witness held for four years without charge in Syria

20 July 2009

Monday 20 July marks exactly four years since Ziad Ramadan was arrested by the Syrian authorities, in whose custody he remains detained without charge or trial.

Cambodian security forces forcibly evict 60 low-income families

17 July 2009

The families dismantled their homes after three years of government harassment and intimidation, with no choice but to accept inadequate compensation rather than have

Death in custody in France highlights police abuse accusations

17 July 2009

The death follows the publication of an Amnesty International report detailing human rights violations committed by French police officers.

Letter from the parents of murdered Russian journalist, Anastasia Baburova

17 July 2009

Thousands more people forced to flee from Colombia’s armed conflict

16 July 2009

With around another 380,000 Colombians having to leave their homes in 2008, the number of internally displaced people in the country is amongst the world's highest.

Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova murdered in Russia

16 July 2009

The abduction and murder of the prominent activist is a "consequence of the impunity that has been allowed to persist by the Russian and Chechen authorities."

Palestinian prisoner released in Lebanon

15 July 2009

A Palestinian imprisoned for 15 years for a murder he has always denied committing was released on Monday after being granted a presidential pardon.

Human rights lawyers disbarred in China

15 July 2009

Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has had his professional license revoked by the Justice Bureau of Beijing Municipality.

Trial of seven Baha’i religious minority members delayed in Iran

14 July 2009

The fate of the detainees, who could have faced the death penalty if found guilty, remains undecided after their trial was postponed.

Sierra Leoneans unaware of Charles Taylor trial

14 July 2009

The former Liberian president faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that he is alleged to have committed in Sierra Leone. Despite this, many Sierra

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