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

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24 October 2013

The new “hooliganism” charges levelled against crew members involved in last month’s Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise protest in Russian waters are inappropriate and should be dropped.

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16 October 2013

Russian authorities' attempts to stifle human rights work in the country are increasing, Amnesty International warns after NGO loses lawsuit triggered by repressive new law.

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08 October 2013

Harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, fabricated charges and unfair trials are all part of the arsenal the Azerbaijani authorities are employing in the run up to the presidential elections.

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04 October 2013

The Moscow authorities’ refusal to allow a small Amnesty International event to highlight Russia’s appalling human rights record ahead of the Sochi Olympics demonstrates the lack of tolerance for freedom of expression in the coutry.

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03 October 2013

As the Olympic torch arrives in Moscow ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Amnesty International is launching a worldwide campaign to highlight Russia’s increasingly deplorable human rights record.

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02 October 2013

Turkish authorities committed human rights violations on a massive scale in the government’s attempts to crush the Gezi Park protests this summer.

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02 October 2013

The “piracy” charge levelled against activists from the global environmental group Greenpeace today in Russia is absurd and damaging to the rule of law and must be dropped immediately.

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30 September 2013

Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist and a prisoner of conscience, was awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

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25 September 2013

The Russian prison authorities’ decision to move an imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot to solitary confinement after she complained about prison conditions is yet another sign of suppression of free speech in the country.

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18 September 2013

The Greek authorities must do everything in their power to prevent further politically motivated violence after a far-right supporter killed a musician and anti-fascist activist in the capital Athens this morning.

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12 September 2013

All countries should suspend shipments of tear gas, armoured vehicles and other riot control projectile equipment to Turkey.

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06 September 2013

Ukraine’s bid to persuade the European Commission to release the country from its commitment to legislate against homophobia is an unacceptable attempt to deny equal rights in the country.

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06 September 2013

The Armenian authorities must investigate the brutal attack on two Armenian activists and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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04 September 2013

World leaders gathering in St. Petersburg this week must condemn Russia’s draconian homophobic law and do all in their power to persuade authorities to scrap it.

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20 August 2013

Pressure placed on the Guardian newspaper by UK authorities to destroy documents represents a threat to freedom of expression, the right to information and protecting the independence of the media in the UK.

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01 August 2013

Russia's decision to grant Snowden temporary asylum should allow governments and others to focus on the sweeping nature and unlawfulness of the US government’s surveillance programmes.

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01 August 2013

France must ensure Mukhtar Ablyazov has a full and fair extradition process and that he is not sent to any country that may return him to Kazakhstan where he will be at risk of torture and an unfair trial.

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26 July 2013

A Russian appeal court decided to keep a second Pussy Riot punk band member behind bars for singing a protest song.

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24 July 2013

A Russian appeal court decision to refuse parole to Maria Alekhina, one of the Pussy Riot punk group singers jailed for singing a protest song in an Orthodox cathedral is a further travesty of justice.

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22 July 2013

More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week.

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