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Mysterious explosions and discretionary arrests: A day in the life of Azerbaijan’s opposition

5 March 2014

Members of Azerbaijan's Popular Front Party believe an explosion at their headquarters in Baku on Monday was no coincidence as authorities continue to try and silence them.

Wife of murdered prison guard urges justice for man placed in solitary 42 years ago

4 March 2014

When her husband Brent Miller was murdered at the Louisiana prison he worked in, neither Teenie nor the rest of their family imagined their lives would become embroiled in a legal case that has spanned nearly half a century.

UN Security Council urged to tighten arms embargo on Somalia

4 March 2014

The UN Security Council’s relaxing of the international arms embargo on Somalia last year appears to have contributed to a rise in insecurity and hundreds of civilian deaths each month, Amnesty International said as it called for a robust embargo to be restored. 


UAE: Qatari prisoner of conscience tortured then jailed for seven years

3 March 2014

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must immediately quash the conviction of a Qatari medical doctor who has been sentenced to seven years in jail today after a grossly unfair trial, said Amnesty International. 

Russia: Freedom of expression falls victim to the dramatic events in Ukraine’s Crimea

3 March 2014

The detention of hundreds of anti-war protesters over the weekend is another manifestation of the increasing crackdown on the freedom of expression and assembly in Russia, Amnesty International said.  

Iran: Student activist given seven year prison term in continuing crackdown

3 March 2014

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

Nigeria: More than 600 killed in the last two months

28 February 2014

Amnesty International is alarmed by the increase in attacks by unknown gunmen on people in north-east Nigeria and called on the government to take effective measures to protect the people and prevent further human rights abuses. 

CAR: Urgent action needed by the UN Security Council to address crisis

28 February 2014

Members of the UN Security Council, including France, the US and UK must throw their full weight behind proposals to tackle the crisis in the Central African Republic. 

‘Trigger-happy’ Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank

27 February 2014

Israeli forces have displayed a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity.

Libya: Politicians face death penalty over blasphemous cartoon

27 February 2014

Two politicians could be sentenced to death over a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam when a verdict is issued in their case on Sunday 2 March.

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