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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

01 September 2010

Amnesty International urges the country's parliament to reject a draft law, set to be debated this week, prohibiting the wearing in public of clothes which prevent identification.

27 August 2010

Around 280 Roma were returned to Romania and Bulgaria this week, as part of a plan to return around 800 people by the end of August.

11 August 2010

Slovakia's new coalition government commits to taking measures to eliminate segregation in education on ethnic lines.

03 August 2010

At least 70 families living in an informal settlement in Belgrade, many of whom fled there after being forcibly evicted from other sites, could be left homeless again if the demolition goes ahead.

28 July 2010

Yevgeny Yakovenko, who refuses to carry arms because of his pacifist convictions, was amnestied by a panel of judges.

27 July 2010

Timur Tskhovrebov, who was attacked by up to 10 people, believes he was targeted because of his journalistic work and dissenting political views.

23 July 2010

Amnesty International calls on President Nicolas Sarkozy to work to combat discrimination against Roma and Travellers, ahead of a meeting to discuss "problems" relating to their "behaviour".

23 July 2010

Parliament warned that the proposal, which would hamper arrest warrants being issued for suspected criminals visiting the country, could lead to the UK being seen as a safe haven.

23 July 2010

Amendments made by Parliament mean that children previously convicted under anti-terrorism legislation will have their convictions quashed.

23 July 2010

Amnesty International has reiterated its call for the immediate release of an Azerbaijani journalist jailed on fabricated charges after the country's authorities made a last-minute move against a European Court of Human Rights judgment ordering for him to be freed.

19 July 2010

Amnesty International warns that draft legislative amendments to be discussed by the Turkish Parliament this week would not, on their own, prevent violations of the rights of children.

15 July 2010

A year ago, Natalia Estemirova of the Russian Human Rights Centre Memorial was abducted outside her home in Grozny in the Chechen Republic and killed.

13 July 2010

The law, which must still be approved by the French Senate, prohibits the wearing anywhere in public of any form of clothing intended to conceal one's face.

12 July 2010

Andrei Yerofeev and Yuri Samodurov, who organized an exhibition featuring religious symbols, have been found guilty of "inciting hatred or enmity".

09 July 2010

Amnesty International and ARTICLE 19 are urging the Russian authorities to drop the charges against the organizers of Forbidden Art 2006, an exhibition which featured Soviet and post-Soviet art works, some of which used religious symbolism.

08 July 2010

Amnesty International has said any deal over the release of a nuclear scientist, Igor Sutyagin, which requires him to leave Russia against his wishes will amount to forcible exile, which is prohibited under international law.

07 July 2010

The UK government must ensure its inquiry into UK complicity in torture and other human rights violations of those detained abroad since 9/11 is thorough, independent and as transparent as possible.

07 July 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Peruvian government to revoke its decision to expel a British catholic activist who has spent the past ten years defending the rights of the country's Indigenous people.

06 July 2010

Amnesty International has condemned the sentencing of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev to two and a half years’ for possession of drugs.

29 June 2010

Amnesty International calls on law-makers in Catalonia not to adopt a motion this week in favour of the ban in public buildings and spaces.

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