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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

20 July 2012

Members of the Russian punk band 'Pussy Riot' have been jailed for six more months after performing an anti-Putin protest song in a church.

19 July 2012

Action by Amnesty International has prompted Serbian authorities to supply drinking water to evicted Roma families.

14 July 2012

Authorities urged to end impunity for the murder of human rights activists in the North Caucasus, three years after the killing of Natalia Estemirova.

13 July 2012

A bill that could stifle critical voices in Russia by restricting the independence of NGOs has been approved by the Duma.

10 July 2012

Russian government to halt new deals with the Syrian government, whilst continuing to honour existing arms contracts.

06 July 2012

Authorities in St Petersburg have withdrawn an agreement with the city's LGBT community to hold a peaceful Pride march on Saturday.

01 July 2012

For a decade, the International Criminal Court has been pursuing justice for those who suffer some of the most serious crimes imaginable.

28 June 2012

Authorities in Rome plan to evict Roma families from the Tor de'Cenci settlement, forcing families to resettle in an isolated and racially segregated camp.

28 June 2012

Deep-seated discrimination against Bulgaria's LGBT community means anti-gay hate crimes go unpunished.

26 June 2012

The release of nine Azerbaijani prisoners of conscience is a smokescreen to mask an ongoing crackdown on free expression in the country.

21 June 2012

Russian authorities must end human rights violations by law enforcement officers in the North Caucasus, a new Amnesty International report says.

18 June 2012

A new Amnesty International report documents how Cyprus locks away hundreds of irregular migrants each year, breaching international obligations.

15 June 2012

Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda has been sworn in as the International Criminal Court's new Chief Prosecutor in The Hague.

15 June 2012

Amnesty International pays tribute to one of its founding members, Lord Archer of Sandwell, who has died aged 85.

13 June 2012

In Azerbaijan, there has been a worrying rise in police harassment of young activists who participated in protests around Eurovision.

11 June 2012

Just six countries are responsible for around three-quarters of the world's arms exports by value.

08 June 2012

Crimes against humanity, including torture, rape and murder of civilians have gone unpunished in Kyrgyzstan.

07 June 2012

Russian parliament adopts a bill that hikes up fines for protesters taking part in unsanctioned rallies.

28 May 2012

Police in the Russian capital stopped an attempted Pride and detained dozens, including the event's organizers.

24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

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