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

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04 April 2014

World leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes, said a new global coalition of human rights organizations as it launched today in Brussels. 

 

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04 April 2014

The Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE) brings together leading global and national human rights and other NGOs, who are all calling for governments to take action on the international trade in communication surveillance technologies.

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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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03 March 2014

The detention of hundreds of anti-war protesters over the weekend is another manifestation of the increasing crackdown on the freedom of expression and assembly in Russia, Amnesty International said.  

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24 February 2014

The apparently arbitrary arrest and detention of a further 234 peaceful protesters outside a Moscow court building today shows how the Russian authorities’ rampant violation of freedom of expression and assembly shows no sign of letting up, Amnesty International said. 

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21 February 2014

Today’s guilty verdict against defendants in the Bolotnaya Square protest trial is a hideous injustice, said Amnesty International.

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10 February 2014

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must not ignore the serious human rights violations associated with the preparation for and staging of the Sochi Olympic Games, Amnesty International said today. 

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05 February 2014

In a brief and blatantly unfair closed trial at which no lawyer was present, Russian environmental activist Igor Kharchenko became the country’s second new prisoner of conscience in the week leading up to the Sochi Winter Olympics. 

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04 February 2014

The re-arrest today of yet another environmental activist ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, as well as his brief detention along with five colleagues last night, are more evidence of growing efforts to clamp down on civil society ahead of the Games. 

 

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03 February 2014

As the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics comes closer, harassment against civil society activists has intensified, Amnesty International said today after the arrest of an environmentalist for allegedly swearing in public. 

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29 January 2014

A decision by a court in Lithuania that a Saudi Arabian national has a right to an investigation into his alleged torture in a secret CIA detention centre in the country is a breakthrough for justice.

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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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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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30 October 2013

By granting “injured person” status to a torture survivor currently detained by the US military at Guantánamo Bay, the Polish authorities are a step closer to revealing the truth about the US-led secret detention and rendition programme in Poland.

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24 October 2013

The new “hooliganism” charges levelled against crew members involved in last month’s Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise protest in Russian waters are inappropriate and should be dropped.

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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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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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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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21 August 2013

After the 1973 coup in Chile, Ambassador Frode Nilsen dined with the military dictatorship’s highest-ranking officers. Behind their backs he smuggled dissidents to Norway. By Marianne Alfsen/Felix Media

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