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Prisoners of conscience - including doctors and teachers - in Bahrain have spoken out about their plight in a new briefing released by Amnesty International.
Legislators in India should substantially amend or replace the new criminal law on violence against women, say leading global human rights groups.
Halting the use of child soldiers in conflicts is just one of a series of compelling reasons for states to adopt a strong Arms Trade Treaty.
The execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru in India indicates a disturbing and regressive trend towards executions shrouded in secrecy, says Amnesty International.
Amnesty has warned that military ties between the UK and Libya, Somalia and Burma must only be established if there are “comprehensive safeguards” against human rights abuses.
Amnesty has called on former residents of Magdalene Laundry-type institutions in Northern Ireland to report their experiences to the Historic Institutional Abuse Inquiry.
The Greek authorities must investigate accusations of torture after mugshots of four suspects were doctored apparently to remove signs of injury, Amnesty has said.
The Malian army has committed serious human rights breaches plus violations of international humanitarian law, say human rights groups.
Iran must release journalists being held solely for carrying out their legitimate work, Amnesty International has said after raids on newspaper offices.
Russia’s Parliament has backed a bill outlawing “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” in a move that will restrict fundamental human rights.