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22 May 2009
President Obama defends Guantánamo closure, but endorses indefinite preventive detention
US President Barack Obama has restated his commitment to closing the Guantánamo detention facility and to ending the use of the so-called "enhanced inter
20 May 2009
Troy Davis faces fourth execution date in two years
US death row prisoner Troy Davis once again faces the prospect of an execution date.
15 May 2009
Return of Guantánamo military commissions would not serve justice
14 May 2009
US blocks publication of detainee abuse photos
The US administration moved on Thursday to block publication of photographs depicting abuse of detainees in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq.
12 May 2009
Roxana Saberi released from jail in Iran
US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi was released from jail in Iran on Monday following international and domestic protests at her detention.
07 May 2009
Guatemalan activists receive death threats by text message
Nine activists working for two prominent human rights organizations in Guatemala have received dozens of death threats by SMS text messages.
03 May 2009
No freedom – journalists stopped from doing their jobs
Press Freedom Day, 3 May, has, for a number of years, been a day in which journalists and media workers marked the deaths of increasing numbers of their colleagues a
01 May 2009
Colombian soldiers detained for killing of husband of Indigenous leader
Seven members of the Colombian army unit which is alleged to have killed the husband of an Indigenous leader have been detained, according to media reports.
29 April 2009
Obama - Building trust and respect for human rights in the US
Those who watched Barack Obama take office on 20 January were part of a far-reaching celebration of the once seemingly impossible becoming reality.
23 April 2009
Further US torture revelations highlight need for independent commission of inquiry
Condoleezza Rice approved the use of “water-boarding” in 2002 according to information released on Wednesday by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelli
20 April 2009
Summit of the Americas fails to address human rights
The Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain fails to lay out a clear human rights framework for progress in the areas of human prosperity, energy security and env
17 April 2009
Impunity for CIA torture is incompatible with USA's international obligations
Four previously secret memorandums released by the new US administration give an insight into how its predecessor lost its legal and moral compass in turning to tort
16 April 2009
Amnesty International puts human rights on Americas Summit agenda
An Amnesty International delegation has arrived in Trinidad and Tobago to take part in the Summit of the Americas.
07 April 2009
Peru's Ex-President convicted in landmark case
Alberto Fujimori, the former President of Peru, has been convicted of a series of human rights violations.
02 April 2009
G20 leaders urged to protect the poor
Eight of the world's leading NGOs urge the G20 leaders to take long-term decisions in the interests of people and the planet this week.
27 March 2009
Threatened and attacked – the dangers of opening Guatemala's police files
Officials involved in opening Guatemala's police archives and members of their families have been threatened and attacked in recent days.
26 March 2009
Migrants languish in detention in US
The US immigrant-detention population has surged in the past decade, resulting in a lack of due process that has driven some detainees to attempt suicide.
26 March 2009
Miami Five wives again denied visas to visit their husbands
René González and Gerardo Hernández have been imprisoned since 1998 for 'acting as unregistered agents of a foreign government'. Their wives, Cuba
23 March 2009
Cruel, discriminatory, unfair and degrading – the death penalty in 2008
More people were executed in Asia than in any other part of the world in 2008. By contrast, in Europe, only one country continues to use the death penalty: Belarus.
23 March 2009
US teenager killed by police Taser attack
A 15-year-old boy died after he was shocked with a Taser gun in Michigan.
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