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Penal reformers have expressed disappointment at a negative ruling from the Court of Session in Scotland on prisoner votes.
Torture, flogging and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, an armed group controlling swathes of northern Syria.
Brazil's government should give full consideration to Edward Snowden's claim for asylum in its country, human rights groups have said.
China’s abolition of the 'Re-education Through Labour' (RTL) system risks being no more than a cosmetic change, says Amnesty.
The Vatican Secretary for Relations with States has affirmed Church support for human rights at a major conference in Rome.
Children as young as 13 are being detained, ill-treated and tortured in Bahrain on a routine basis, said Amnesty International in a new briefing.
Bishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh of Homs and Hama has repeated an appeal for the release of 12 women religious kidnapped in Syria on 2 December.
Australia is holding more than 1,000 asylum seekers in shameful conditions in a processing centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.
The UK Supreme Court has decided that Scientology is a religion and that its churches a "place of meeting for religious worship" suitable for wedding registration.