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Secretary General of World Uighur Congress denied entry to South Korea

17 September 2009

Dolkun Isa is being held by the South Korean authorities. If he is deported to China he would be at risk of arbitrary detention, unfair trial, torture and other ill-treatment and possibly the death penalty.

USA must grant Bagram detainees access to US courts

16 September 2009

The USA must grant all detainees held in US custody at the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan access to US courts and legal counsel, Amnesty International has said.

Iraqi authorities must investigate shoe throwing journalist's torture allegations

16 September 2009

Muntadhar al-Zaidi has been released after nine months in prison for throwing his shoes at former US President George W Bush. He has said that he was tortured by Iraqi security services.

Spain must end incommunicado detention

15 September 2009

Amnesty International's new report shows how Spain has one of the strictest detention regimes in Europe, which is in breach of the country's obligations under international human rights law.

Obama renews Cuba trade embargo

15 September 2009

US President Barack Obama has extended the trade embargo against Cuba - missing an opportunity to improve the human rights situation for people on the island.

Malaysia sentences another to caning under Shariah law for drinking alcohol

15 September 2009

Amnesty International has repeated its call for Malaysia to stop using the penalty of caning altogether, after another person has been sentenced to six strokes of the cane for drinking alcohol.

UN must ensure Goldstone inquiry recommendations are implemented

15 September 2009

All relevant UN bodies must act promptly and in coordination to implement the recommendations of the UN-mandated Goldstone report on violations of international law committed in Gaza and southern Israel in late December and January, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.  

Human rights activists under threat in Serbia

14 September 2009

Human rights defenders are under attack in Serbia and the authorities are failing to protect them, Amnesty International said on Monday.

Changes to Dominican Republic Constitution will put women's lives in danger

14 September 2009

The proposed changes could lead to a ban on abortions, putting the lives of women and girls at risk and potentially increasing maternal deaths in the country.

Comment: Afghan election outcome unclear, except for demand for human rights

14 September 2009

As Afghan officials and the international community grapple with an ongoing election crisis amid allegations of fraud, Afghans face a rising tide of violence and violations of their human rights.

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