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

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25 March 2014

Today’s decision by Moscow City Court to uphold the conviction of peaceful protester Mikhail Kosenko is a perversion of justice that will see him detained in a psychiatric institution, potentially indefinitely, to undergo “treatment” he neither needs nor wants, Amnesty International said. 

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25 March 2014

Colombia’s government is failing to address the country’s critical human rights situation said Amnesty International today ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ annual review of the country.

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24 March 2014

The Chinese authorities must end the persecution of all those trying to remember victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, after a man was jailed for 18 months on Monday.

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24 March 2014

Today’s mass death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court are a grotesque example of the shortcomings and the selective nature of Egypt's justice system, Amnesty International said. 

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21 March 2014

The first ever tweet was sent eight years ago today. No-one will be celebrating this landmark on the social media site in Turkey, however: the government has just shut it down. Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to immediately reverse the decision to block the social media site. 

 

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20 March 2014

The Chinese government’s attempt to block a tribute by the UN Human Rights Council to Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights activist, who died in detention is disgraceful, said Amnesty International.  

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20 March 2014

The arrest of a Venezuelan mayor for his alleged involvement in anti-government protests is a signal of the deteriorating human rights situation in the country.

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20 March 2014

The decision taken today by Côte d’Ivoire to send former militia leader Charles Blé Goudé, accused of crimes against humanity, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a key step towards justice for the victims of serious crimes following elections three years ago, said Amnesty International.

 

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19 March 2014

A violent attack by a nationalist member of parliament against the head of one of Ukraine’s leading TV channel yesterday must be urgently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice.

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19 March 2014

The Sri Lankan government’s ongoing dirty tactics to silence and smear dissidents are a brazen attempt to deflect criticism as the country faces fresh scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Amnesty International said today.

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19 March 2014

Mexico must put into action the promises it makes to the United Nations Human Rights Council tomorrow if it is to address the dire human rights situation in the country.

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19 March 2014

Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination. 

 

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18 March 2014

Cypriot immigration authorities routinely detain hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers in prison-like conditions for extended periods while awaiting deportation. 

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18 March 2014

Alleged brutality by a Papua New Guinea police dog squad must be investigated. , after a graphic video depicted a seemingly defenceless man being repeatedly attacked.

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18 March 2014

Yemen’s authorities have manifestly failed to hold a thorough and independent investigation into the deaths of at least 50 peaceful demonstrators and bystanders killed in Sana’a during the 2011 uprising.

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18 March 2014

Today’s unlawful detention of a respected magazine editor and human rights lawyer for their criticism of the judiciary in Swaziland is another shocking example of the southern African kingdom’s intolerance of freedom of expression.

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17 March 2014

The arbitrary arrest and detention of prominent human rights defenders is an attempt to silence criticism and divert the spotlight from ongoing abuses, leading global and Asian human rights monitors said today in a joint statement. 

 

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14 March 2014

Almost half a million people have been forced from their homes over the last year as violence intensified in war-torn Darfur, said Amnesty International in a report published today.

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14 March 2014

The Chinese authorities have "blood on their hands" after the death of a leading campaigner who was repeatedly denied medical treatment.

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14 March 2014

Azerbaijan should immediately and unconditionally release two political leaders who have been behind bars for more than a year on fabricated charges.

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