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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

20 January 2015

European governments that cooperated with the CIA’s secret detention, interrogation, and torture operations as part of the USA’s global “war on terror” must act urgently to bring those responsible to justice following a US Senate report.

20 January 2015

The Greek authorities’ failure to adequately investigate the deaths of 11 Afghans who drowned at sea shows a blatant disregard for justice for the victims and their families and exemplifies their hard-line approach towards asylum and migration. 

20 January 2015

The Macedonian Parliament’s approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will further entrench discrimination in the country, Amnesty International said today. 

20 January 2015

A draft Russian law banning “undesirable foreign organizations” is another troubling sign of the authorities’ vigorous measures to restrict any public space for criticism, Amnesty International said today after the Duma (Parliament) passed it on a first reading. 

19 January 2015

An escalation in hostilities in eastern Ukraine since yesterday has resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians, including children, with many more lives in grave danger, Amnesty International said as it renewed its calls on both sides to protect civilians amid the fighting. 

16 January 2015

A string of at least 69 arrests in France this week on the vague charge of “defending terrorism” (“l’apologie du terrorisme”) risks violating freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.

15 January 2015

A criminal investigation launched today against one of Turkey’s largest daily newspapers for “insulting religious values” in its coverage of controversial cartoons published in France amounts to state censorship, Amnesty International said. 

13 January 2015

An artillery strike on a bus that killed 10 civilians and wounded 18 in eastern Ukraine must be investigated urgently as it could amount to a violation of international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said. 

09 January 2015

The Irish government’s decision not to include the treatment of women and girls in Magdalene Laundries in the proposed scope of an inquiry announced today is a missed opportunity that will leave gaping holes in the narrative of historical abuses.

07 January 2015

The deadly attack by gunmen on the Paris office of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo is a chilling assault on freedom of expression.  

24 December 2014

Pro-Kyiv volunteer battalions are increasingly blocking humanitarian aid into eastern Ukraine in a move which will exacerbate a pending humanitarian crisis in the run up to Christmas and New Year. 

23 December 2014

Jail sentences against 57 defendants accused of participating in an armed attack in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in 2005 are a huge miscarriage of justice.

19 December 2014

A flurry of activity by UN member states to sign and ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty before it enters into force next week is another clear sign of the overwhelming support for this historic move to rein in the irresponsible international arms trade.

 

19 December 2014

Ireland must allow transgender people to have their gender legally recognized in a quick, transparent and accessible manner, Amnesty International said after the country’s Gender Recognition Bill was published.

15 December 2014

The South Korean authorities must immediately stop the planned shipment of massive amounts of tear gas to Turkey, where the security forces have frequently abused riot control equipment amid repression of peaceful protests.

15 December 2014

Russian authorities should act to end a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights defenders in Chechnya, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today after the office of a local human rights group was burned down. 

11 December 2014

Submarine captain John Remø was careful to hide all the evidence, stashing the women’s clothes in the cellar. It would take another 30 years before the secret was out in the open.

09 December 2014

Authorities in Russia must urgently investigate the burning down of at least five houses believed to belong to the relatives of 11 men accused of carrying out an armed attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny. 

09 December 2014

Authorities in Russia must urgently investigate the burning down of at least five houses believed to belong to the relatives of 11 men accused of carrying out an armed attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny. 

07 December 2014

Once they were neighbours. Today, racism and fear have left this quiet Greek town a divided community.

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