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The state of the world's human rights

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29 March 2011

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.

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07 March 2011

Activists say they have been detained, tortured and refused access to legal advice as part of a clampdown ahead of this Friday's protest.

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16 February 2011

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.

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11 February 2011

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.

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06 February 2011

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.

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18 January 2011

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.  

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14 January 2011

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.

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04 January 2011

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.

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17 December 2010

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.

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16 December 2010

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.

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07 December 2010

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.

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19 November 2010

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.

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16 November 2010

Full and public disclosure needed about alleged abuses against people held overseas during counter-terrorism operations after news that some are to receive compensation.

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12 November 2010

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.

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16 September 2010

Azimzhan Askarov, director of the human rights organization Vozdukh (Air), convicted of involvement in the murder of a policeman after an unfair trial.

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14 September 2010

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.

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28 July 2010

Yevgeny Yakovenko, who refuses to carry arms because of his pacifist convictions, was amnestied by a panel of judges.

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19 July 2010

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.

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12 July 2010

Andrei Yerofeev and Yuri Samodurov, who organized an exhibition featuring religious symbols, have been found guilty of "inciting hatred or enmity".

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18 June 2010

Azimzhan Askarov's life is believed to be in danger after he was arrested while gathering evidence of abuses committed during the recent unrest.

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