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Justice urged for Russian human rights defender’s murder 0

Natalia Estemirova was abducted and murdered in July 2009 – © Amnesty International One year after the murder of human rights defender Natalia Estemirova, Amnesty International has called on the Russian authorities to stop the harassment and intimidation of her

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Kyrgyzstan: Torture, Detentions Escalate Tensions 0

Marks on the body of 30-year-old Makhmud (not his real name), an ethnic Uzbek living in the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan Makhmud told Human Rights Watch that police detained him and beat him with a rubber baton on

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Afghanistan: Talks Shouldn’t Ignore Taliban Abuse of Women 0

Twenty percent of the delegates at the Consultative Peace Jirga (assembly) in June 2010 were women, including parliamentarian Shinkai Karokhail (pictured), but many felt that they had limited opportunities to voice their concerns. © 2010 Leslie Knott Any Deals With

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Tunisia urged to end subversion of groups critical of the authorities 0

Ali Ben Salem, 78, has been continually harassed and intimidated by the Tunisian authorities © Amnesty International The Tunisian authorities should end their subversion of human rights organizations and dissenting groups by infiltrating them and provoking turmoil, Amnesty International have

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Domestic violence increases at weekends

According to a report prepared by a subcommittee of the Parliamentary Commission on Equal Opportunity for Women and Men said women should receive shelter and help during the weekends, as they are exposed to domestic violence more often during those

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Iran suspended stoning of woman 0

Iran has announced that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani will not be executed by stoning. The Times newspaper of London published the statement of the Iranian embassy on Friday which declares: “According to the information achieved from competent authorities, Sakineh Mohammadi will

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Anti-terror stop and search powers to be scrapped 0

The police’s use of controversial counterterrorism stop and search powers against individuals is to be scrapped immediately, the home secretary announced today. Under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, officers can stop and search anyone in a designated area

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Germany: Accepting Guantanamo Detainees a Positive Step 0

Resettling Those No Longer Considered a Threat Helps Advance Effort to Close the Prison (Berlin) – The German government’s decision on July 7, 2010, to accept two Guantanamo Baydetainees for resettlement is an important step in closing down the prison,

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The razor and the damage done: female genital mutilation in Kurdish Iraq

The old Kurdish midwife’s hands trembled alongside a bowl that she positions to catch dripping blood. She picked up a razor blade and sliced through a corner of paper, mimicking the ritual cut she has performed at least 500 times,

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UK: Terrorism Search Power Violates Rights 0

A flyer explains police stop and search powers under the Terrorism Act 2000. Source: Metropolitan Police Service Government Should Repeal Counterproductive and Arbitrary Law (London) – The new UK coalition government should repeal an abusive counterterrorism power that has led

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