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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

04 April 2013

On the eve of International Roma Day on 8 April, Amnesty International says the European Union is not doing enough to end discrimination.

04 April 2013

At least 35 children and their families will be made homeless if the eviction goes ahead, as EU urged to stop anti-Roma discrimination.

03 April 2013

Over 200 people, mostly Romanian Roma, were forcibly evicted this morning from an informal settlement in greater Paris.

27 March 2013

Amnesty International report says that a package of reforms before Turkey’s Parliament risks being a missed opportunity to bring the country’s laws in line with human rights standards.

21 March 2013

A new Amnesty International report examines the harassment of lawyers in a region of the Russian Federation where the violence of armed groups is countered by the heavy-handed response of the authorities.

20 March 2013

In a case highlighting the risks people take when fleeing conflict in their countries to seek refuge in Europe, the authorities of Lesvos continue their search for the bodies of asylum-seekers who had attempted to reach the Greek island.

14 March 2013

A year after executing two men, authorities in Belarus still fail to reveal where they have been burried. 

11 March 2013

One of the organizers of a peaceful protest in Azerbaijan goes missing as authorities intensify a crackdown on dissent ahead of the Presidential elections in October.

20 February 2013

Since the conviction of members of the punk band, Russia has adopted several new laws targeting activists and those critical of the authorities.

19 February 2013

European Court of Human Rights rules that Austria discriminated by refusing to consider a woman's request to adopt her female partner’s child.

12 February 2013

Milan Appeals Court has ruled that two former top Italian intelligence officials and three agents were involved in the kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian national Abu Omar.

06 February 2013

Prominent opposition activists arrested for inciting unrest, but were not in fact present in the town when clashes started.

31 January 2013

The ban on videos of the group's protest in a Moscow cathedral last year, highlights an escalating clampdown on freedom of expression.

30 January 2013

European Court of Human Rights rules that Hungary had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by segregating Romani children in its schools.

28 January 2013

Scores of activists were detained and five sentenced to prison following a peaceful protest in Azerbaijan on Saturday.

25 January 2013

LGBTI activists protest outside Russia’s Parliament as it backs a bill which outlaws the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”.

18 January 2013

Overnight police raids in several Turkish cities have resulted in the arrest of 15 human rights lawyers known for defending individuals’ right to freedom of speech and victims of police violence.

16 January 2013

Today’s decision by a Russian court not to allow Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to defer serving her sentence compounds the injustice already meted out to the jailed punk singer.

15 January 2013

Nadia Eweida, a Coptic Christian, took her case to the Court after the airline stopped her from wearing a visible crucifix at work.

14 January 2013

A thorough, independent investigation is needed into what appears to have been an orchestrated attack on an Azerbaijani opposition presidential candidate.

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