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Belgium votes to ban full-face veils

30 April 2010

A new law violates the rights to freedom of expression and religion of women who wear the burqa or the niqab as an expression of their identity.

Egypt 'Hizbullah cell' convictions marred by torture allegations

30 April 2010

Government urged to conduct a retrial by a regular court of 26 men jailed by an emergency court for their alleged links to the Lebanese group.

China silences women housing rights activists ahead of Expo 2010

30 April 2010

Many women human rights defenders in Shanghai have been targeted by the Chinese authorities for campaigning against forced evictions ahead of Expo 2010.

Brazil court upholds law that protects torturers

30 April 2010

Judges ruled not to change the law, which says extrajudicial killings and acts of torture and rape committed by members of the former military regime were political acts.

Cuba urged to respect press freedom as repression of journalists intensifies

30 April 2010

Amnesty International today called on the Cuban authorities to end harassment of independent journalists following a month in which several reporters were arbitrarily detained and intimidated for criticizing the government.

Human rights must be top priority in Colombia election campaign

29 April 2010

All presidential candidates urged to send out a clear message that, if elected, they will put an end to many decades of abuses and impunity.

Honduran government must take a stand against killing of journalists

29 April 2010

The authorities have been urged to take immediate action to protect media workers after an escalating series of attacks has led to six journalists being killed in less than eight weeks.

Widespread abuse of migrants in Mexico is 'human rights crisis'

28 April 2010

A new Amnesty International report details how migrants are preyed on by criminal gangs while public officials turn a blind eye or even play an active part.

Azerbaijan must stop violent crackdowns on peaceful protests

28 April 2010

Police detained dozens of opposition supporters on their way to a demonstration in the capital Baku to demand the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Rwanda urged to ensure opposition leader receives fair trial

28 April 2010

Victoire Ingabire of the United Democratic Forces, who plans to stand in presidential elections in August, has been charged with genocide ideology and collaboration with a "terrorist" group.

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