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

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

24 July 2013

A Russian appeal court decision to refuse parole to Maria Alekhina, one of the Pussy Riot punk group singers jailed for singing a protest song in an Orthodox cathedral is a further travesty of justice.

22 July 2013

More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week.

19 July 2013

Amnesty International is calling for the return of CIA agent Robert Seldon Lady to Italy to face justice for his part in the US-led rendition programme.

18 July 2013

Aleksei Navalny, a popular informal opposition leader, was sentenced today to five years in a Russian prison colony after a politically motivated trial on highly questionable charges of embezzlement.

16 July 2013

The Italian government must investigate and make public all the facts behind the illegal expulsion of the wife and daughter of Kazakhstani opposition politician Mukhtar Ablyazov.

11 July 2013

A new Amnesty International report exposes how the security forces act with impunity and how torture in detention centres is rife.

09 July 2013

A new report explores the Greek authorities’ use of ‘push backs’- when they turn groups of migrants back across the border, denying them the right to challenge their expulsion.

09 July 2013

Peaceful demonstrators were detained in Taksim yesterday after riot police used tear gas and water canons to clear the square and neighbouring Gezi park.

09 July 2013

Journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev was assassinated by an unknown gunman near his home in the village of Semender in Dagestan, Russian Federation, earlier today.

08 July 2013

People risking the dangerous journey to Europe's borders are being pushed back and locked up. An Amnesty International team heard the stories of migrants on the Greek island of Lesvos, and met the locals doing their best to support them.

03 July 2013

Russia, Ukraine and the Central Asian republics are colluding in the regular abduction, disappearance, unlawful transfer and torture of individuals.

01 July 2013

New laws in Russia criminalise blasphemy and outlaw public activism by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals.

27 June 2013

A year and a half after being released from the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and sent to his native Russia, Rasul Kudaev was tortured in police custody to get him to "confess" to a crime.

26 June 2013

The municipal authorities of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, have said a Pride Parade organized for 27 July cannot be held in the city centre and failed to propose an alternative route.

18 June 2013

The Romanian authorities betray thousands of their citizens through broken promises and total disregard of their right to adequate housing, Amnesty International said in a new report published today on forced evictions in the country.

17 June 2013

A new report examines how the Spanish authorities have refused to investigate tens of thousands of killings and disappearances committed during the Civil War and under Francisco Franco.

16 June 2013

Police in Turkey are refusing to acknowledge that they have people in custody following mass detentions carried out during the night in Istanbul.

12 June 2013

A new Amnesty International report explores the scandal of Poland's involvement in CIA secret detention practices.

11 June 2013

Turkish riot police this morning once again used tear gas and water cannon against peaceful protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and Gezi Park.

11 June 2013

The space for free expression in Russia shrank further today after the State Duma in Moscow passed two new bills aimed at stamping out minority views.

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