Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.
Key figures from the Musavat Party and Popular Front Party have been detained in a government crackdown following the “Day of Wrath” protests.
Mikita Likhavid, 20, is sentenced to three years and six months in a labour colony on charges of "mass disorder" for peacefully participating in post-election protests.
Activists say they have been detained, tortured and refused access to legal advice as part of a clampdown ahead of this Friday's protest.
Amnesty International has urged the Italian authorities to deal with the humanitarian needs of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers leaving Tunisia following recent unrest.
Jabbar Savalan was detained and a fellow member of the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party's youth group was questioned after using Facebook to call for anti-government protests.
Former US president George W. Bush reportedly cancels a planned visit to Geneva, ahead of expected protests and possible legal action against the former president.
The investigation surrounding the existence of secret prisons run by the US Central Agency (CIA) in Lithuania must not be closed until all avenues of evidence have been thoroughly pursued, Amnesty International has said.
A Belarus human rights group has rejected government accusations that it is trying to ‘discredit’ the country by talking to the UN about rights violations.
Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of three Russian opposition activists detained in Moscow after a peaceful and sanctioned rally calling for freedom of assembly.
Ali Aarrass, who is accused of terrorism-related offences, is believed to be at serious risk of human rights violations amid persistent reports of abuses by Moroccan security forces.
An Italian court has increased rendition sentences for American CIA agents but is still shielding high-ranking Italian officials from trial under a 'state secrets' doctrine.
The wife of a British man held without charge in Iraq for a year is calling on the UK government to step up its efforts to secure the release of her husband.
The arrest of parliamentary candidate Bakhtiyar Hajiyev followed the release earlier this week of youth activists, bloggers, and prisoners of conscience Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade.
Full and public disclosure needed about alleged abuses against people held overseas during counter-terrorism operations after news that some are to receive compensation.
Eynulla Fatullayev, who was jailed in 2007 after writing a series of articles critical of the authorities, remains in prison on a new set of apparently trumped-up charges.
Azimzhan Askarov, director of the human rights organization Vozdukh (Air), convicted of involvement in the murder of a policeman after an unfair trial.
UK government must ensure forthcoming inquiry into torture and ill-treatment of detainees held abroad during ongoing counter-terrorism operations is independent, thorough and transparent.
Yevgeny Yakovenko, who refuses to carry arms because of his pacifist convictions, was amnestied by a panel of judges.
Amnesty International warns that draft legislative amendments to be discussed by the Turkish Parliament this week would not, on their own, prevent violations of the rights of children.