Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

22 March 2010

Andrei Zhuk and Vasily Yuzepchuk were sentenced to death in 2009 for separate crimes but had been sharing a death row cell in Minsk.

16 March 2010

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.

10 March 2010

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.

09 March 2010

Prime Minister Robert Fico has announced a proposal to take the children from the settlements where they live and place them in boarding schools.

08 March 2010

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.

02 March 2010

Vadim Karastelev, who has been campaigning for police reform and against corruption, was severely beaten by two men outside his home in Novorossisk.

26 February 2010

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.

24 February 2010

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.

23 February 2010

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.

17 February 2010

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.

10 February 2010
Amnesty International is concerned that a new attempt to close down the LGBT group Black Pink Triangle through the courts, follows cases against similar organizations in recent years.
10 February 2010
Umida Ahmedova was found guilty of charges based on some of her photographs and film projects, which were interpreted as insulting the Uzbekistani people and their traditions.
05 February 2010
Ten years after the killing of scores of civilians in a suburb of the Chechen capital Grozny, the relatives of those murdered are still denied justice by the Russian authorities.
04 February 2010
Igor Koktysh had been held in a pre-trial detention centre since June 2007,  when Belarus requested his extradition.
02 February 2010
Ivan Mikhailau had refused military service because bearing arms contradicts his religious beliefs.
27 January 2010
Umida Akhmedova, whose work shows men, women and children carrying out everyday activities, was charged with slandering and insulting the Uzbekistani people and their traditions.
19 January 2010
Human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were killed in Moscow a year ago. Those responsible have not been brought to justice.
15 January 2010

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.

14 January 2010
Ahmed Chataev, who had reportedly been tortured by Russian forces after he was detained in Chechnya during fighting in 2000, was visiting Ukraine with a valid visa when he was arrested.
12 January 2010
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the use of these abusive and discriminatory powers is illegal.
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