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Egypt: Release women protesters facing trumped-up charges

7 February 2014

The Egyptian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release three women arrested last November at a protest at Mansoura University, said Amnesty International.   

PNG: No justice for woman burned alive in 'sorcery' attack

6 February 2014

The failure of the Papua New Guinea authorities to bring the killers of a woman who was burned alive to justice, underlines their complete failure to address “sorcery” attacks.

Malaysia: ‘Secretive execution’ must not go ahead

6 February 2014

Malaysian authorities must immediately halt plans to carry out yet another “secretive execution” this Friday, Amnesty International said. 

 

Sochi Olympics countdown sees Russia jailing second prisoner of conscience this week

5 February 2014

In a brief and blatantly unfair closed trial at which no lawyer was present, Russian environmental activist Igor Kharchenko became the country’s second new prisoner of conscience in the week leading up to the Sochi Winter Olympics. 

Europe: Transgender people face discrimination and inhuman treatment

4 February 2014

European countries are violating the rights of people trying to change their legal gender by forcing them to undergo invasive surgery, hormone therapy and psychiatric testing before they can change their legal status.

‘The walls of the cell were smeared with blood’ – third anniversary of Egypt’s uprising marred by police brutality

4 February 2014

As celebrations got underway for the third anniversary of Egypt’s uprising against the rule of Hosni Mubarak, security forces broke-up marches and rounded up hundreds of protesters and bystanders.

Russia: Another environmentalist in custody as his NGO forced to scrap Sochi report launch

4 February 2014

The re-arrest today of yet another environmental activist ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, as well as his brief detention along with five colleagues last night, are more evidence of growing efforts to clamp down on civil society ahead of the Games. 

 

Saudi Arabia: New terrorism law is latest tool to crush peaceful expression

3 February 2014

A new counter-terrorism law in Saudi Arabia will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations and serve as a further tool to suppress peaceful political dissent, Amnesty International said after analysing the legislation. 

Russia: Civil society activist arrested ahead of start of Sochi Olympics

3 February 2014

As the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics comes closer, harassment against civil society activists has intensified, Amnesty International said today after the arrest of an environmentalist for allegedly swearing in public. 

Ukraine: Activist abducted, tortured and ‘crucified’

31 January 2014

Dmitrii Bulatov, who disappeared eight days ago, says he was beaten, tortured, crucified and blindfolded for long periods of time.

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