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Andrei Zhuk and Vasily Yuzepchuk were sentenced to death in 2009 for separate crimes but had been sharing a death row cell in Minsk.
European companies are participating in the global trade in types of equipment widely used in torture or other ill-treatment, according to evidence presented in a new report by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation.
Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli have been sentenced to two and two and a half years respectively after they posted a video critical of the government on YouTube.
Prime Minister Robert Fico has announced a proposal to take the children from the settlements where they live and place them in boarding schools.
An Italian court has confirmed the convictions of 15 police officers, prison guards and doctors who were found guilty of the ill-treatment of detainees in the Bolzaneto facility in 2001.
Vadim Karastelev, who has been campaigning for police reform and against corruption, was severely beaten by two men outside his home in Novorossisk.
A new law restricting the distribution of public information relating to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people enters into force next week.
At a Council of Europe meeting last week, member states voiced support for proposals that individuals should pay to file an application with the Court.
Max Goeldi, who began serving a four month prison sentence this week, is thought to be a pawn in a diplomatic row between the two countries.
Representatives of the 47 member states gather in the Swiss resort of Interlaken this week for a two-day conference to discuss further reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.
Czech education authorities have said they will take measures to end the wrongful placing of Romani children in schools for pupils with "mild mental disabilities", in response to Amnesty International's report on the issue.