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Hours before the 'Crossfire' exhibition was due to open at a special ceremony in Dhaka, police moved in and demanded that the organizers cancel it.
President Ma Ying-jeou urged to ensure that the country's de facto moratorium on executions remains in place.
New measures introduced by the Commander of US forces and the NATO International Security Assistance Force are in response to resentment spurred by ongoing civilian casualties.
Father Nguyen Van Ly, who is serving an eight year jail term for spreading "propaganda" against the state in 2007, was released for a period of 12 months on humanitarian grounds to receive medical treatment.
Insurgent groups in Pakistan must stop targeting humanitarian agencies that are trying to provide assistance to the country's poor, said Amnesty International after six NGO workers were killed in the country’s northwest region.
The Sri Lankan government should end its harassment of journalists and activists and take steps against those making threats, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement.
A new law bars all political prisoners, including detained Nobel Peace-prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, from belonging to a political party.
Women human rights defenders in Afghanistan have told Amnesty International they face intimidation and attacks as they attempt to tackle violence and discrimination in the country.
The President of Timor-Leste has told Amnesty International he would support the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for crimes committed during the 1975-1999 conflict with Indonesia, should the UN Security Council set it up.
Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.
In a five to four ruling, the Court stated that capital punishment did not violate "human dignity and worth" protected in the Constitution.