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Swaziland: Free editor and human rights lawyer jailed after summary proceedings

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.

Sri Lanka: Free prominent human rights defenders Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen

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. 

 

Sudan: Half a million civilians forced to flee as violence intensifies in Darfur

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.

China: Authorities have "blood on their hands" after activist's death

14 March 2014

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

Azerbaijan: Political activists held on fabricated charges must be released

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.

Ukraine: Clashes and abductions ahead of disputed Crimea vote

14 March 2014

International human rights monitors must immediately be deployed across Ukraine following reports of increasing violence and disappearances ahead of Sunday’s impromptu referendum that could lead to the secession of the southern Crimea region, said Amnesty International. 

Russia: Media black-out ahead of disputed Crimea referendum

14 March 2014

The Russian authorities have launched a full-scale onslaught on the few remaining independent media in Russia, blocking a number of internet sites in the Russian Federation.

Global call to make 3rd anniversary of Syria crisis the last marked by bloodshed

13 March 2014

Across the world thousands of people will mark the 3rd anniversary of the crisis in Syria with candlelit vigils, the lighting up of iconic locations and the release of Banksy-inspired red balloons carrying messages of hope to Syrians. 

Malaysia: Halt imminent execution of man suffering from mental illness

13 March 2014

Malaysia’s authorities must immediately halt the execution of a Nigerian national suffering from mental health problems, convicted of a murder committed around 18 years ago. 

China: Police detain website founder in raid

13 March 2014

Police in China have detained the founder of a human rights website after a raid on his home on Thursday.

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