from Europe and central asia
Today’s decision of a Moscow court to send Mikhail Kosenko to forcible treatment in a psychiatric institution is an abhorrent return to the Soviet-era practices used to silence dissent.
The Moscow authorities’ refusal to allow a small Amnesty International event to highlight Russia’s appalling human rights record ahead of the Sochi Olympics demonstrates the lack of tolerance for freedom of expression in the coutry.
As the Olympic torch arrives in Moscow ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Amnesty International is launching a worldwide campaign to highlight Russia’s increasingly deplorable human rights record.
The Italian authorities and the European Union must redouble efforts to patrol their shores and assist migrants in order to prevent further tragic loss of life after at least 100 people, including children, perished off the coast of Italy.
Turkish authorities committed human rights violations on a massive scale in the government’s attempts to crush the Gezi Park protests this summer.
The “piracy” charge levelled against activists from the global environmental group Greenpeace today in Russia is absurd and damaging to the rule of law and must be dropped immediately.
Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian human rights activist and a prisoner of conscience, was awarded the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.
Amnesty International is disappointed by the failure of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to see the detrimental effect that Russia’s discriminatory legislation will have on the Games in Sochi.
The French government has failed to act on promises to end the vicious circle of repeated forced evictions of Roma which have now reached record numbers.
The Russian prison authorities’ decision to move an imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot to solitary confinement after she complained about prison conditions is yet another sign of suppression of free speech in the country.
Any piracy charges against activists on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise would be manifestly unfounded, Amnesty International said after the Russian authorities released a statement on the case.
The EU and its member-states are failing to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and to protect all individuals from discrimination, harassment and violence.
The Greek authorities must do everything in their power to prevent further politically motivated violence after a far-right supporter killed a musician and anti-fascist activist in the capital Athens this morning.
The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano must reject a former CIA agent’s plea to be pardoned for a crime he committed in the country as part of the US-led rendition programme.
All countries should suspend shipments of tear gas, armoured vehicles and other riot control projectile equipment to Turkey.
Victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland are being "disgracefully let down" by a flawed and fragmented approach to dealing with the past.
Ukraine’s bid to persuade the European Commission to release the country from its commitment to legislate against homophobia is an unacceptable attempt to deny equal rights in the country.
A Dutch Supreme Court judgment finding the state liable for the deaths of three Muslim men amid the Srebrenica genocide marks a significant victory in the decades-long search for accountability.
The Armenian authorities must investigate the brutal attack on two Armenian activists and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
A new report relevals the Slovakian government’s continuing inaction over the segregation of Roma children as thousands start the new school year in separate schools and classes.