Just weeks before Azerbaijan hosts the Eurovision song contest, police have violently broken up two peaceful protests in the capital.
Under repressive new laws in St Petersburg, a prominent LGBTI rights activist has been fined for spreading "gay propaganda".
Azerbaijani campaigner Emin Milli tells Amnesty International how his blogs revealing government abuse landed him in jail for 16 months.
Amnesty International hears from journalists and bloggers across the world who face abuse and even imprisonment while trying to do their job.
Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau was among two prisoners of conscience released over the weekend.
Azerbaijani authorities must investigate claims that musicians were beaten in custody after insulting President Aliyev's mother during a performance.
Amnesty International has submitted a report to the Spanish government outlining the key human rights challenges that the country faces.
Authorities urged to launch an immediate investigation into the beating of the four activists by police officers during and after the protest in Baku.
In Moldova, four local councils have moved to ban demonstrations by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
The well-known Spanish investigating judge Baltasar Garzón has been cleared of charges of abuse of power, but crimes remain unpunished.
Moscow court closes criminal proceedings against Oleg Orlov, head of Russian human rights organization Memorial.
The authorities ignore calls to address state officials' alleged involvement in the killing of journalist and human rights activist Hrant Dink.
Havel led the human rights movement Charter 77, was repeatedly jailed, and adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.
Since demonstrations started, there have been numerous reports of beatings of peaceful protesters by the police and denial of medical treatment.
Azerbaijan's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of activist Jabbar Savalan on politically motivated charges.
Ales Bialiatski, head of the rights NGO Viasna, was sentenced to four and a half years for financial crimes after assisting detained activists
A homophobic law proposed in Russia's second city would threaten freedom of expression and fuel discrimination.
Belarusian authorities have repeatedly transferred prisoner of conscience Andrei Sannikau, apparently to intimidate him.
In recent months Azerbaijani authorities have stepped up intimidation and arrests of protesters and representatives of NGOs and independent media.
A Belarus human rights activist faces up to seven years in jail on 'politically motivated' charges of tax evasion.