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A Russian appeal court decided to keep a second Pussy Riot punk band member behind bars for singing a protest song.
A Russian appeal court decision to refuse parole to Maria Alekhina, one of the Pussy Riot punk group singers jailed for singing a protest song in an Orthodox cathedral is a further travesty of justice.
More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week.
Amnesty International is calling for the return of CIA agent Robert Seldon Lady to Italy to face justice for his part in the US-led rendition programme.
Aleksei Navalny, a popular informal opposition leader, was sentenced today to five years in a Russian prison colony after a politically motivated trial on highly questionable charges of embezzlement.
The Italian government must investigate and make public all the facts behind the illegal expulsion of the wife and daughter of Kazakhstani opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov.
A new Amnesty International report exposes how the security forces act with impunity and how torture in detention centres is rife.
A new report explores the Greek authorities’ use of ‘push backs’- when they turn groups of migrants back across the border, denying them the right to challenge their expulsion.
Peaceful demonstrators were detained in Taksim yesterday after riot police used tear gas and water canons to clear the square and neighbouring Gezi park.
Journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev was assassinated by an unknown gunman near his home in the village of Semender in Dagestan, Russian Federation, earlier today.
People risking the dangerous journey to Europe's borders are being pushed back and locked up. An Amnesty International team heard the stories of migrants on the Greek island of Lesvos, and met the locals doing their best to support them.
Russia, Ukraine and the Central Asian republics are colluding in the regular abduction, disappearance, unlawful transfer and torture of individuals.
New laws in Russia criminalise blasphemy and outlaw public activism by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals.
A year and a half after being released from the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and sent to his native Russia, Rasul Kudaev was tortured in police custody to get him to "confess" to a crime.
The municipal authorities of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, have said a Pride Parade organized for 27 July cannot be held in the city centre and failed to propose an alternative route.
The Romanian authorities betray thousands of their citizens through broken promises and total disregard of their right to adequate housing, Amnesty International said in a new report published today on forced evictions in the country.
A new report examines how the Spanish authorities have refused to investigate tens of thousands of killings and disappearances committed during the Civil War and under Francisco Franco.
Police in Turkey are refusing to acknowledge that they have people in custody following mass detentions carried out during the night in Istanbul.
A new Amnesty International report explores the scandal of Poland's involvement in CIA secret detention practices.
Turkish riot police this morning once again used tear gas and water cannon against peaceful protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and Gezi Park.