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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

21 February 2014

The Spanish government must withdraw a proposed bill aimed at limiting access to safe and legal abortion services, Amnesty International said in a letter sent to the country’s Minister of Justice.

21 February 2014

Today’s guilty verdict against defendants in the Bolotnaya Square protest trial is a hideous injustice, said Amnesty International.

20 February 2014

The shooting of protesters, which is contributing to the spiralling death toll in Kyiv, is deeply troubling and must prompt a swift response to bring all those responsible to justice, Amnesty International urged. 

 

19 February 2014

Spain must refrain from forcibly returning Aleksandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan, Amnesty International said as Spain authorized his extradition.

19 February 2014

The High Court of England and Wales struck a blow against freedom of expression today when it ruled that the nine-hour detention of a Brazilian national under anti-terrorism legislation was lawful and proportionate. 

 

18 February 2014

The Russian authorities must immediately release nine people – including activists and journalists – who have been arrested in central Sochi, Amnesty International said. 

14 February 2014

The French authorities must ensure the protection of a Ukrainian political refugee who sustained a horrific attack in his home in Strasbourg earlier this week, said Amnesty International.

14 February 2014

Following confirmation by Spain’s Interior Minister that police fired rubber bullets in an attempt to stop migrants from entering the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, which may have contributed to at least 11 drowning deaths, Amnesty International is calling for a full, effective and independent investigation. 

 

10 February 2014

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) must not ignore the serious human rights violations associated with the preparation for and staging of the Sochi Olympic Games, Amnesty International said today. 

05 February 2014

In a brief and blatantly unfair closed trial at which no lawyer was present, Russian environmental activist Igor Kharchenko became the country’s second new prisoner of conscience in the week leading up to the Sochi Winter Olympics. 

04 February 2014

European countries are violating the rights of people trying to change their legal gender by forcing them to undergo invasive surgery, hormone therapy and psychiatric testing before they can change their legal status.

04 February 2014

The re-arrest today of yet another environmental activist ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, as well as his brief detention along with five colleagues last night, are more evidence of growing efforts to clamp down on civil society ahead of the Games. 

 

03 February 2014

As the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics comes closer, harassment against civil society activists has intensified, Amnesty International said today after the arrest of an environmentalist for allegedly swearing in public. 

31 January 2014

Dmitrii Bulatov, who disappeared eight days ago, says he was beaten, tortured, crucified and blindfolded for long periods of time.

31 January 2014

A handcuffed Russian ballerina braved the freezing weather in Moscow yesterday as Amnesty International activists delivered 330,000 signatures urging President Putin to repeal repressive legislation in the country.

29 January 2014

A decision by a court in Lithuania that a Saudi Arabian national has a right to an investigation into his alleged torture in a secret CIA detention centre in the country is a breakthrough for justice.

22 January 2014

Situation in Kyiv increasingly volatile after four protesters are killed and the government says that police may start using live ammunition.

17 January 2014

Repressive legislation passed at record speed without discussion in the Ukrainian parliament, must be immediately repealed, Amnesty International said.

14 January 2014

The European Court of Human Rights ruling that three British men who say they were tortured in prison in Saudi Arabia cannot pursue a claim through the UK courts dashes any hope of justice.

09 January 2014

The French government must not allow the extradition of Kazakhstani banker and opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, Amnesty International said today, shortly after a French court ruled that he should be sent to Russia or Ukraine to face fraud charges.

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