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Iraq urged to stop the execution of 128 prisoners on death row

13 March 2009

Reports say that the Iraqi authorities plan to start executing the prisoners in batches of 20 this week. Last year at least 285 people were sentenced to death and at l

Azerbaijan urged to release three young men after unfair trial

13 March 2009

All three are reported to have been beaten and otherwise ill-treated while in detention. Two have already been detained for four years.

Freedom of expression in Afghanistan faces increasing threats

13 March 2009

Journalists and media workers now vulnerable to violence and intimidation by both the government and anti-government forces.

Indigenous human rights activists unfairly detained in Mexico

12 March 2009

Five members of a Guerrero-based human rights organization are still being held in prison nearly a year after their arrest, despite insufficient evidence against them.

Human rights activists still face repression in the Middle East and North Africa

11 March 2009

A new Amnesty International report details numerous cases of intimidation, harassment, threats, detention without trial, torture and long prison terms after unfair tr

Transparency on Bagram detentions needed from Obama administration

10 March 2009

A US federal judge has ordered the US government to provide updated information on the detainees held in Bagram airbase in Afghanistan by 11 March.

Unrest in Tibet continues as human rights violations escalate

10 March 2009

The Chinese authorities' failure to address the long-standing grievances of the Tibetan people, has fuelled protests that have continued over the past 12 months.

Women make history

6 March 2009

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the historic struggles of women through the centuries to achieve equality and justice.

Colombia protests against unlawful killings by security forces

6 March 2009

At least 330 civilians were reported to have been victims of unlawful killings by members of the security forces in 2007. The victims, mostly peasant farmers, were o

Human rights activist banned from leaving Tunisia

6 March 2009

Lawyer and former prisoner of conscience Mohamed Abbou has been denied permission to leave Tunisia for the seventh time since his release from prison in July 2007.

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