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Hairat Niyaz was convicted on state security charges, apparently for warning the authorities over potential ethnic violence in Xinjiang province on the eve of the July 2009 riots.
Bar Association leaders arbitrarily detained in an apparent attempt to stifle legitimate and peaceful protest, as part of an ongoing government crackdown.
Plans for a peace deal with the Taleban in Afghanistan could seriously jeopardize the rights of the Afghan people, in particular Afghan women, unless concrete human rights benchmarks are incorporated.
Alan Shadrake was arrested for criminal defamation after he published a book critical of the country's use of the death penalty.
Crippling food shortages exacerbated by government policies in North Korea have caused widespread illness as thousands are forced to survive on so-called "wild foods" such as grass and tree bark.
Chinese security forces last night cancelled a documentary screening by an HIV/AIDS education group, which Amnesty International is strongly criticising as part of the ongoing harassment of peaceful public health educators.
Amnesty International is calling for the release of three award-winning Tibetan environmental activist brothers, two of whom were recently given lengthy prison sentences within a week of each other.
Amnesty International today welcomed the release of a prisoner of conscience imprisoned in Papua for his role in a peaceful flag-raising protest.
The Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion carried out a violent attack on the house of Mirza Abbas, a leading Bangladesh National Party (BNP) politician and former mayor of Dhaka.
General David Petraeus, the US commander set to take charge of NATO operations in Afghanistan, must redouble efforts to minimise civilian casualties during military operations there.
As the spotlight focuses on the world's greatest football tournament, Amnesty International highlights some of the human rights issues facing the host nation and calls on its government to protect all citizens and visitors from human rights abuse.
Tan Zuoren was jailed for trying to publicize the number of children who died in the 2008 disaster and the corruption that led to their deaths.
Seven former employees of Union Carbide India Ltd have been convicted of negligence, 26 years after a gas leak in central India killed tens of thousands.
Amnesty International's annual assessment of the state of the world's human rights, details abuses in 159 countries and shows how power politics are worsening the situation.
Amnesty International urges the Thai military to stop firing ammunition in Bangkok, where anti-government protesters are gathered.
A failure to act has left victims with no access to justice, truth or reparations while hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans are displaced at the end of the decades-long conflict.
Candidates in the Philippines presidential election should outline their plans to combat political violence which has resulted in the killing of at least five candidates and 16 campaign organizers this year.
Many women human rights defenders in Shanghai have been targeted by the Chinese authorities for campaigning against forced evictions ahead of Expo 2010.
A fresh spate of killings of anti-Taleban local leaders in the Swat Valley of Pakistan could signal an escalation in the Pakistani Taleban’s campaign of attacks on tribal leaders.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political party, Ang Ladlad, will be allowed to contest in May's national elections for the first time.