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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

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.

19 February 2013

European Court of Human Rights rules that Austria discriminated by refusing to consider a woman's request to adopt her female partner’s child.

12 February 2013

Milan Appeals Court has ruled that two former top Italian intelligence officials and three agents were involved in the kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian national Abu Omar.

06 February 2013

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

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.

30 January 2013

European Court of Human Rights rules that Hungary had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by segregating Romani children in its schools.

28 January 2013

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

25 January 2013

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

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.

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.

15 January 2013

Nadia Eweida, a Coptic Christian, took her case to the Court after the airline stopped her from wearing a visible crucifix at work.

14 January 2013

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

10 January 2013

The investigation into the gunning down of three Kurdish women activists in Paris must be prompt and thorough.

04 January 2013

A former Nepali miliary colonel has been arrested in the UK on allegations of torture, in a welcome example of universal jurisication being used to further accountability.

20 December 2012

Greece is proving itself incapable of providing basic requirements of safety and shelter to thousands of asylum seekers and migrants arriving each year.

20 December 2012

Russian parliamentarians must reject a bill that will have a chilling effect on human rights defenders and civil society when it goes through  its third reading in the Russian Parliament's Lower Chamber.

18 December 2012

A new report focuses on the severe exploitation of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Asia, in Italy's agricultural sector.

17 December 2012

The law would make the promotion of homosexuality among minors an administrative offence, with fines of up to US$16,200.

17 December 2012

Some 300 Roma people mark the anniversary of their forced eviction from a Romanian town to live in horrendous conditions on the edge of a landfill.

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