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

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17 January 2014

Repressive legislation passed at record speed without discussion in the Ukrainian parliament, must be immediately repealed, Amnesty International said.

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09 January 2014

The French government must not allow the extradition of Kazakhstani banker and opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, Amnesty International said today, shortly after a French court ruled that he should be sent to Russia or Ukraine to face fraud charges.

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18 December 2013

The Russian authorities must release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience, Amnesty International said today as the Russian parliament passed an amnesty bill that may see the imprisoned Pussy Riot singers and some detainees in the Bolotnaya case freed.

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12 December 2013

Three men arrested in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square in 2012 have come to symbolize President Putin’s recent crackdown on peaceful political protest. They are still waiting to be released.

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12 December 2013

A rundown of restrictions on human rights in Russia as the country marks the 20th anniversary of its post-Soviet Constitution.

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08 December 2013

Ihar Tsikhanyuk is an openly gay man from Belarus who works as a drag artist. When he tried to set up a gay rights organization, the police beat him up. When he complained, they threatened to kill him.

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28 November 2013

A Russian court has for the first time ordered a non-governmental organization to register as a "foreign agent" under a sinister law that is being used to crush independent civil society in the country.

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20 November 2013

A restrictive "foreign agents law" adopted a year ago is choking independent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia, Amnesty International said as the Winter Olympic Games to be held in the Russian city of Sochi approach. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4


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19 November 2013

Ukraine must make progress to end torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement officials, AI said ahead of the signing of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.

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06 November 2013

The continuing refusal to disclose the whereabouts of a member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, who is rumoured to be in transfer to a prison colony in Siberia, shows the authorities’ unrelenting efforts to silence her.

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04 November 2013

The Russian authorities must promptly find and bring to justice all those responsible for a violent homophobic attack in St Petersburg that has left two people injured, including one who has been left blind in one eye, Amnesty International said.

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16 October 2013

Russian authorities' attempts to stifle human rights work in the country are increasing, Amnesty International warns after NGO loses lawsuit triggered by repressive new law.

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08 October 2013

Harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, fabricated charges and unfair trials are all part of the arsenal the Azerbaijani authorities are employing in the run up to the presidential elections.

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04 October 2013

The Moscow authorities’ refusal to allow a small Amnesty International event to highlight Russia’s appalling human rights record ahead of the Sochi Olympics demonstrates the lack of tolerance for freedom of expression in the coutry.

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03 October 2013

As the Olympic torch arrives in Moscow ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Amnesty International is launching a worldwide campaign to highlight Russia’s increasingly deplorable human rights record.

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02 October 2013

Turkish authorities committed human rights violations on a massive scale in the government’s attempts to crush the Gezi Park protests this summer.

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02 October 2013

The “piracy” charge levelled against activists from the global environmental group Greenpeace today in Russia is absurd and damaging to the rule of law and must be dropped immediately.

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30 September 2013

Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist and a prisoner of conscience, was awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

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27 September 2013

Amnesty International is disappointed by the failure of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to see the detrimental effect that Russia’s discriminatory legislation will have on the Games in Sochi.

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24 September 2013

Any piracy charges against activists on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise would be manifestly unfounded, Amnesty International said after the Russian authorities released a statement on the case.

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