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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.

Saudi Arabia - countering terrorism with repression

11 September 2009

Since the September 11 attacks in the USA eight years ago, the Saudi Arabian authorities have launched a sustained assault on human rights in the name of countering terrorism.

Sri Lanka's displaced face uncertain future as government begins to unlock the camps

11 September 2009

Only a fraction of nearly 300,000 people who were displaced by recent fighting in the north east of Sri Lanka have been allowed to leave government camps since the war ended in May.

Counting the human cost of Sri Lanka's conflict

11 September 2009

The Government of Sri Lanka announced a plan on 23 May to resettle most civilians displaced by conflict by the end of the year.

Japan continues to execute mentally ill prisoners

10 September 2009

The government of Japan continues to execute prisoners who are mentally ill, according to a new Amnesty International report.

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