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Amnesty International has strongly condemned the ‘outrageous’ charges brought against a leading investigative judge accused of abusing his power.
Amnesty International has urged the Azerbaijani authorities to free a journalist jailed on trumped up charges of terrorism and defamation after the European Court of Human Rights ruled he had been wrongfully imprisoned.
The Ukrainian authorities have vowed to ensure accountability for human rights violations in response to Amnesty International’s recommendations to the newly-elected president.
Bashir Mutsolgov was dragged into a car by several armed men in December 2003. He has been missing ever since.
Police and security forces urged not to use excessive force while restoring public order after three days of violent unrest.
Attempts by police to end protests in the capital Bishkek and other cities have reportedly left 17 people dead and many more injured.
At least 37 people were killed and dozens injured by two explosions within an hour of each other in the city centre.
Amnesty International has released a new briefing outlining its call for a full, independent and impartial inquiry into UK involvement in human rights abuses post-11 September 2001.
Andrei Zhuk and Vasily Yuzepchuk were sentenced to death in 2009 for separate crimes but had been sharing a death row cell in Minsk.
European companies are participating in the global trade in types of equipment widely used in torture or other ill-treatment, according to evidence presented in a new report by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation.
Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli have been sentenced to two and two and a half years respectively after they posted a video critical of the government on YouTube.
Prime Minister Robert Fico has announced a proposal to take the children from the settlements where they live and place them in boarding schools.
An Italian court has confirmed the convictions of 15 police officers, prison guards and doctors who were found guilty of the ill-treatment of detainees in the Bolzaneto facility in 2001.
Vadim Karastelev, who has been campaigning for police reform and against corruption, was severely beaten by two men outside his home in Novorossisk.
A new law restricting the distribution of public information relating to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people enters into force next week.
At a Council of Europe meeting last week, member states voiced support for proposals that individuals should pay to file an application with the Court.
Max Goeldi, who began serving a four month prison sentence this week, is thought to be a pawn in a diplomatic row between the two countries.
Representatives of the 47 member states gather in the Swiss resort of Interlaken this week for a two-day conference to discuss further reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.