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Gambia releases opposition leader

23 March 2009

Halifa Sallah is believed to have been arrested for articles he wrote criticising the use of witch doctors by the Gambian government.

Shi'a men and teenagers held incommunicado by Saudi Arabian authorities

23 March 2009

At least 10 people were arrested this month after demonstrations against the arrest by security forces of Shi’a visitors to the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in

UN experts condemn detention of Egyptian blogger

23 March 2009

Experts of the Human Rights Council have concluded that the Egyptian authorities have detained blogger Karim Amer arbitrarily for his online criticisms and for exerc

US teenager killed by police Taser attack

23 March 2009

A 15-year-old boy died after he was shocked with a Taser gun in Michigan.

Detainees used as bargaining chips by both sides in Israel/Gaza conflict

20 March 2009

Palestinian armed groups and the Israeli authorities are denying prisoners their rights, including Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held for 1,000 days, and

Scores face execution in Iraq six years after invasion

20 March 2009

On the sixth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, nearly 130 people face imminent execution in the country.

Pope urged to address Church-linked forced evictions in Angola

20 March 2009

From 2003 to 2006, the Angolan authorities forcibly evicted thousands of people in the Angolan capital of Luanda from land belonging to the Catholic Church.

China's detention system under pressure after inmate deaths

20 March 2009

At least six inmates have died this year, amid increasing reports of torture by police officers or bullying by fellow prisoners.

Greek prisoner activist found dead during prisoner transfer

20 March 2009

Early on Wednesday morning, a Greek prisoner actively engaged in defending prisoners’ rights was found dead.

Thirteen die in Mozambican police cell

20 March 2009

At least 13 people have died while held in custody in an overcrowded police cell in Mozambique.

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