Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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18 January 2013

Overnight police raids in several Turkish cities have resulted in the arrest of 15 human rights lawyers known for defending individuals’ right to freedom of speech and victims of police violence.

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16 January 2013

Today’s decision by a Russian court not to allow Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to defer serving her sentence compounds the injustice already meted out to the jailed punk singer.

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13 December 2012

Today’s ruling on the CIA’s detention and rendition of German national Khaled El-Masri is a milestone in the fight against impunity for US-led secret detention programmes.

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25 October 2012

In countries across Europe, excessive use of force by police against protesters goes uninvestigated and unpunished.

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15 October 2012

A new Amnesty International report slams the UK government’s plans for a substantial extension of the use of secret evidence in the justice system.

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02 October 2012

Two prison guards and a prison director have been given life in prison for torturing political activist Engin Çeber to death in a Turkish prison in October 2008.

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01 October 2012

Another Azerbaijani youth activist has been detained as part of a post-Eurovision crackdown on dissent.

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24 September 2012

Almost four years to the day since Turkish activist Engin Çeber died in custody, a court will rule whether police and prison guards had a role in the torture that allegedly killed him.

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20 September 2012

Belarusian authorities are attempting to suppress opposition voices ahead of upcoming elections.

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17 August 2012

A Russian court's decision today to jail members of the punk rock protest band Pussy Riot is a bitter blow for freedom of expression in the country.

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15 August 2012

Such attacks are unacceptable and the authorities must do all within their power to calm their rise.

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08 August 2012

A large number of the 7,500 foreign nationals arrested in Athens over the last few days reported to be of Asian, African and North African origin.

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30 July 2012

Court sentences 70-year-old Ramze Shihab Amhed to 15 years in prison after 'grossly unfair' trial that relied on 'torture' evidence.

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25 July 2012

Members of the band will stay in pre-trial custody for six more months after singing a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox church in February.

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26 June 2012

The release of nine Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience is a smokescreen to mask an ongoing crackdown on free expression in the country.

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18 June 2012

A new Amnesty International report documents how Cyprus locks away hundreds of irregular migrants each year, breaching international obligations.

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13 June 2012

In Azerbaijan, there has been a worrying rise in police harassment of young activists who participated in protests around Eurovision.

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28 May 2012

Police in the Russian capital stopped an attempted Pride and detained dozens, including the event's organizers.

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24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

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22 May 2012

Eurovision organizers have remained silent on the Azerbaijani authorities' fresh wave of human rights violations ahead of the song contest in Baku.

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