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Russian NGO awarded Sakharov human rights prize

16 December 2009

Russian human rights organization Memorial received the 2009 Sakharov Prize of Freedom of Thought at a ceremony in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Allegations of police killings in Guatemala must be investigated

15 December 2009

In a new report, Amnesty International says that killings by police officers, often of young people who have either a criminal record or are suspected of involvement in crime, continue to be reported.

Saudi Arabia must not flog 75-year-old woman

15 December 2009

Khamisa Mohammed Sawadi and two younger men, face up to 40 lashes and imprisonment for being in the company of members of the opposite sex who are not close relatives.

Disappearances treaty edges closer to entering into force

15 December 2009

A landmark treaty on enforced disappearances has moved a step closer to entering into force after being ratified by two more countries.

Honduras must launch full investigation into death of human rights campaigner

15 December 2009

Walter Trochez was shot in the chest by a drive-by gunman on Sunday night while walking home through the centre of Tegucigalpa.

Trial of Kurds in Syria likely to be a 'parody of justice'

15 December 2009

The trial of five men accused of belonging to an unauthorized political party resumes at the Supreme State Security Court this week. The court does not operate in accordance with international standards of fair trial.

Nepal army must hand over major accused of killing 15-year-old girl

14 December 2009

The Nepali government must ensure that Major Niranjan Basnet is arrested immediately and transferred to a civilian court for trial for torturing Maina Sunuwar to death.

Turkey criticized for closing pro-Kurdish political party

14 December 2009

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the Democratic Society Party has been closed and 37 of its members have been banned from politics for five years.

Mexico must protect residents of disputed land

11 December 2009

People living on the land in Chihuahua State, northern Mexico, have been intimidated and attacked for six years. Last week, a woman was shot and injured at her home.

Iranian opposition group supporters in Iraq must not be forcibly evicted

11 December 2009

Residents of Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, have been given a deadline of 15 December to leave or they will be removed and relocated elsewhere in Iraq.

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