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Human rights activist Natalia Estemirova murdered in Russia

16 July 2009

The abduction and murder of the prominent activist is a "consequence of the impunity that has been allowed to persist by the Russian and Chechen authorities."

Palestinian prisoner released in Lebanon

15 July 2009

A Palestinian imprisoned for 15 years for a murder he has always denied committing was released on Monday after being granted a presidential pardon.

Human rights lawyers disbarred in China

15 July 2009

Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has had his professional license revoked by the Justice Bureau of Beijing Municipality.

Trial of seven Baha’i religious minority members delayed in Iran

14 July 2009

The fate of the detainees, who could have faced the death penalty if found guilty, remains undecided after their trial was postponed.

Sierra Leoneans unaware of Charles Taylor trial

14 July 2009

The former Liberian president faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that he is alleged to have committed in Sierra Leone. Despite this, many Sierra

Lithuanian parliament passes homophobic law

14 July 2009

The Lithuanian parliament voted on Tuesday to adopt a controversial law that institutionalizes homophobia.

Yemen sentences six men to death for terrorist activities

14 July 2009

The Specialized Criminal Court found the men guilty of terrorist activities that included the killing of nine tourists and attacks on western embassies.

Papua New Guinea must not restart executions

14 July 2009

The Papua New Guinea government should abolish the death penalty instead of putting it back into effect, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint

Iran: Hundreds of detainees at risk of torture and other ill-treatment: list of detainees

13 July 2009

Following the mass arrests of demonstrators and opposition activists in Iran over recent weeks in connection with the disputed presidential election, Amnesty Interna

UK government must launch investigation into its role in overseas torture

10 July 2009

Mounting evidence, including a statement by former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, suggests that UK authorities expolited the torture of terrorism suspects by forei

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