Recent developments suggest that the authorities are once more using executions to quell political unrest, intimidate the population and send a signal that dissent will not be tolerated.
The 140 arrests are part of an announced crackdown on migrants, many of whom come from Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal, who live and work in Malaysia without authorization.
At least 37 people were killed and dozens injured by two explosions within an hour of each other in the city centre.
The guerrilla group has been urged to put an immediate and unconditional end to kidnapping and hostage-taking.
The men were arrested after they helped Hussain 'Ali Hassan al-Sahlawi, who had been shot and left unconscious by a security official in Karzakan.
Independent experts will monitor domestic investigations into war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Police opened fire with live ammunition in the city of Ar Raqqah, as an estimated 5,000 people gathered to celebrate the Kurdish New Year.
Thousands of women living in temporary camps are threatened by sexual violence and have inadequate protection from any authorities
Clear patterns of abuse have emerged during the latest cycle of violence, which began when armed opposition groups launched a major offensive against the government last May.
The authorities have effectively barred two human rights organizations from presenting their reports on the harassment of former political prisoners to the media.
Amnesty International has released a new briefing outlining its call for a full, independent and impartial inquiry into UK involvement in human rights abuses post-11 September 2001.
The law protects those responsible for thousands of killings and disappearances during the country's armed conflict from 1980 to 1992.
The internet company said it is to stop censoring internet search results in China and direct all traffic from its servers there to Hong Kong.
Laura Pollan who, has been campaigning for the release of her husband since 2003, talks about police ill-treatment and her work on behalf of prisoners of conscience.
Hours before the 'Crossfire' exhibition was due to open at a special ceremony in Dhaka, police moved in and demanded that the organizers cancel it.
On World Water Day Israeli authorities have been urged to end discriminatory practices against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Andrei Zhuk and Vasily Yuzepchuk were sentenced to death in 2009 for separate crimes but had been sharing a death row cell in Minsk.
Amnesty International calls on the Malawian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release two men, after a judge ruled that they will face trial in April on charges of “gross indecency”.
An increase in harassment, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and other ill-treatment by security forces is anticipated ahead of April's elections.
President Ma Ying-jeou urged to ensure that the country's de facto moratorium on executions remains in place.