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

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15 May 2013

The Azerbaijani authorities must not use the upcoming presidential election as a pretext to silence critical voices and meaningful debate, Amnesty International said following a move to extend criminal defamation laws to the internet.

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30 April 2013

A Turkish reform bill passed into law today fails to meet the government’s stated aim of bringing Turkey's laws into line with international human rights standards.

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25 April 2013

Today’s decision by a Moscow court to fine an independent non-governmental organization and its leader is an alarming indicator for the future of civil society in Russia.

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17 April 2013

Civil society is being suppressed in Belarus by a repressive government that will not tolerate any form of criticism.

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20 February 2013

Since the conviction of members of the punk band, Russia has adopted several new laws targeting activists and those critical of the authorities.

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06 February 2013

Prominent opposition activists arrested for inciting unrest, but were not in fact present in the town when clashes started.

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31 January 2013

The ban on videos of the group's protest in a Moscow cathedral last year, highlights an escalating clampdown on freedom of expression.

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28 January 2013

Scores of activists were detained and five sentenced to prison following a peaceful protest in Azerbaijan on Saturday.

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25 January 2013

LGBTI activists protest outside Russia’s Parliament as it backs a bill which outlaws the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”.

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18 January 2013

Overnight police raids in several Turkish cities have resulted in the arrest of 15 human rights lawyers known for defending individuals’ right to freedom of speech and victims of police violence.

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16 January 2013

Today’s decision by a Russian court not to allow Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to defer serving her sentence compounds the injustice already meted out to the jailed punk singer.

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14 January 2013

A thorough, independent investigation is needed into what appears to have been an orchestrated attack on an Azerbaijani opposition presidential candidate.

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14 December 2012

Prosecutors must not rest until those who ordered Anna Politkovskaya's murder are brought to justice.

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07 December 2012

A Turkish court has acquitted four men on trial for their participation in a protest in support of a conscientious objector.

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07 December 2012

Art work conceived by Art for Amnesty and supported by musicians such as Bono and Sting to be unveiled at Prague's recently renamed Václav Havel Airport.

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26 November 2012

A leading Belarusian human rights NGO had its office confiscated in the capital Minsk on Monday.

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23 November 2012

Tajikistan has ordered one NGO to be shut down in what appears to be a politically motivated case, while two other NGOs are also facing immediate sanctions.

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25 October 2012

In countries across Europe, excessive use of force by police against protesters goes uninvestigated and unpunished.

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05 October 2012

Top-selling artists Rihanna and Shakira should bear in mind the human rights abuses being inflicted on the people of Azerbaijan before they perform there.

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