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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

24 November 2011

Ales Bialiatski, head of the rights NGO Viasna, was sentenced to four and a half years for financial crimes after assisting detained activists

18 November 2011

A homophobic law proposed in Russia's second city would threaten freedom of expression and fuel discrimination.

18 November 2011

The Italian Council of State has ruled to end the "Nomad Emergency", which has exposed Roma communities to serious human rights violations.

17 November 2011

Belarusian authorities have repeatedly transferred prisoner of conscience Andrei Sannikau, apparently to intimidate him.

16 November 2011

In recent months Azerbaijani authorities have stepped up intimidation and arrests of protesters and representatives of NGOs and independent media.

08 November 2011

Denmark's independent review of CIA rendition flights will not be allowed to compel witness testimony or request any new information.

03 November 2011

A Belarus human rights activist faces up to seven years in jail on 'politically motivated' charges of tax evasion.

03 November 2011

Aleksandr Kalistratov sentenced to community service for distributing brochures which allegedly incited hatred against the Catholic Church.

02 November 2011

Twenty seven families may lose their homes to make way for new commercial housing built by a government owned company.

01 November 2011

A number of planes linked to the CIA’s rendition programme landed in Finland between 2001 and 2006.

27 October 2011

Lithuania's failure to investigate its role in the US-led rendition programme has forced an alleged victim of secret detention to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

25 October 2011

Human rights defenders peacefully attempted to prevent police evicting Mevljude Kurteshi and her six children from their apartment.

21 October 2011

ETA waged a 40-year armed campaign against the Spanish state, during which more than 800 people were killed and thousands injured.

21 October 2011

The Lithuanian authorities have yet to investigate a significant amount of information linked to CIA secret prisons in the country.

13 October 2011

Five years after investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered, attacks on journalists are still commonplace in Russia.

11 October 2011

Yuliya Tymoshenko has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a Kyiv court for "abuse of office".

03 October 2011

Three leading Azerbaijani opposition activists have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for organizing peaceful protests.

30 September 2011

Serbian authorities have bowed into pressure from right-wing extremists and cancelled Sunday's Belgrade Pride march. 

22 September 2011

A court in Meaux near Paris fined Hind Ahmas €120 and Najate Naït Ali €80 for wearing the niqab, a full face veil, in public.

08 September 2011

UK authorities must bring to justice all those responsible for the death of an Iraqi hotel receptionist while UK troops held him in Iraq in 2003.

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