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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

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.

03 January 2014

Amnesty International welcomes the position of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees calling on European Union member states to halt transfers of asylum-seekers back to Bulgaria until April 2014.

23 December 2013

Human rights violations against peaceful participants in the demonstrations that have rocked the Ukraine in the past month must be thoroughly investigated

23 December 2013

The harassment of civil society in Russia will continue unabated despite the release of prisoners of conscience

19 December 2013

The Greek authorities must launch an immediate investigation into instructions allegedly given by the Greek Chief of Police that irregular migrants must be detained for as long as possible to make their “lives unbearable”.

18 December 2013

The Russian authorities must release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience, Amnesty International said today as the Russian parliament passed an amnesty bill that may see the imprisoned Pussy Riot singers and some detainees in the Bolotnaya case freed.

17 December 2013

The Azerbaijani authorities must ensure a prompt and fair trial for the chairman of a well-respected election watchdog who was arrested yesterday.

12 December 2013

Three men arrested in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square in 2012 have come to symbolize President Putin’s recent crackdown on peaceful political protest. They are still waiting to be released.

12 December 2013

Turkmenistan’s authorities have simply paid lip service to reform in a bid to appease the international community said Amnesty International in the run up to parliamentary elections this weekend.

12 December 2013

A rundown of restrictions on human rights in Russia as the country marks the 20th anniversary of its post-Soviet Constitution.

09 December 2013

Hakan Yaman’s life changed forever when police officers attacked him during the June 2013 protests in Istanbul, Turkey.

09 December 2013

Hakan Yaman’s life changed forever when police officers attacked him during the June 2013 protests in Istanbul, Turkey.

08 December 2013

Ihar Tsikhanyuk is an openly gay man from Belarus who works as a drag artist. When he tried to set up a gay rights organization, the police beat him up. When he complained, they threatened to kill him.

02 December 2013

The Bulgarian authorities must send a clear message that they will take all necessary measures to curb the growing spate of attacks against refugees and migrants on the streets of the capital Sofia, Amnesty International said.

30 November 2013

The violent dispersal of demonstrators on Independence Square (Maidan) in the centre of Kyiv on Saturday morning shows a shameful disregard for the right to peacefully protest said Amnesty International.


29 November 2013

The Netherlands deported Ahmed Said to Mogadishu, Somalia, with assurances he would be safe. Three days after being sent there, he was injured in a suicide attack.

28 November 2013

A Russian court has for the first time ordered a non-governmental organization to register as a "foreign agent" under a sinister law that is being used to crush independent civil society in the country.

20 November 2013

A restrictive "foreign agents law" adopted a year ago is choking independent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russia, Amnesty International said as the Winter Olympic Games to be held in the Russian city of Sochi approach. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

20 November 2013

The Northern Ireland Attorney General’s call for an end to prosecutions for killings during three decades of political violence in Northern Ireland is an utter betrayal of victims’ fundamental rights to justice.

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