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China's detention system under pressure after inmate deaths

20 March 2009

At least six inmates have died this year, amid increasing reports of torture by police officers or bullying by fellow prisoners.

Greek prisoner activist found dead during prisoner transfer

20 March 2009

Early on Wednesday morning, a Greek prisoner actively engaged in defending prisoners’ rights was found dead.

Thirteen die in Mozambican police cell

20 March 2009

At least 13 people have died while held in custody in an overcrowded police cell in Mozambique.

Ireland's offer to accept Guantánamo detainees must be matched

20 March 2009

Amnesty International has called on other European governments to follow Ireland's lead in offering to accept a small number of Guantánamo detainees who the U

Deaths in custody in Iran highlight prison authorities' disregard for life

20 March 2009

The death in custody of an internet blogger in Iran on Wednesday raised renewed fears that prisoners in the country are being denied medical treatment, possibly as a

Pope's visit to Cameroon raises questions about gay and lesbian rights

19 March 2009

On his first trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI is asked reiterate his commitment to ending the criminalization of same-sex sexual relations.

Colombian activists smeared by abuse of legal system

19 March 2009

Colombian authorities have renewed criminal proceedings against two prominent and well-respected Colombian human rights activists.

New Mexico abolishes the death penalty

19 March 2009

The Governor of New Mexico signed into law a bill, abolishing the death penalty in his state, on Wednesday evening.

Demonstrations disrupted in Cuba

19 March 2009

The Cuban authorities took action on Tuesday to suppress peaceful demonstrations marking the 6th anniversary of a crackdown against dissidents.

Hundreds accused of 'witchcraft' persecuted in The Gambia

18 March 2009

Up to 1,000 people have been taken from their villages by “witch doctors”, taken to secret detention centres and forced to drink hallucinogenic concoctio

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