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Everyone knows that the Assad regime – from father Hafez onwards – has employed torture and executions to preserve the doubtful purity of the Baath party

People trafficking protection measures slammed

Measures to protect victims of people smuggling are "not fit for purpose" and may be illegal, a report claimed today.

Dunga's men face a leap into the unknown

Preview: Brazil v North Korea, Today, 7.30pm, ITV1

Honour for <i>Independent's</i> Johann Hari

The Independent's Johann Hari was this week named National Newspaper Journalist of the Year in the prestigious Amnesty International Media Awards.

Call for inquiry into activist's death in Congo

The head of the United Nations mission in Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday called for an investigation into the death of a leading human rights activist found dead in the capital on Wednesday.

'Independent' writer honoured

Johann Hari, one of The Independent's most distinguished columnists, has won the 2009 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

The Journey of Anders Sparrman, By Per W&#228;stberg, trans. Tom Geddes

It's hard to know which man has had the more remarkable life. Per Wästberg had his first national newspaper column at 12. He fought apartheid in South Africa, edited Sweden's largest daily newspaper, founded the Swedish section of Amnesty International, and is now chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature. And he has written more than 50 books – novels, political works, essays and poems.

Business Diary: No FT, no comment for Amnesty

So it's shame on the Pink 'Un. The FT was the subject of a furious press release from Amnesty International yesterday, decrying the decision to pull an AI ad that criticised Shell's operations in Nigeria and appealed to the oil giant's shareholders to raise the issue at its AGM. At the rather unsporting time of 4.58pm. "Editorially, the FT was willing to run the ad, but it couldn't be given the legal assurances on the claims made against Shell," said a spokesman. Assurances that allowed the Metro and the Evening Standard to go ahead.

Belgium passes Europe's first ban on wearing burka in public

Parliament hails bill as victory for women, but Amnesty condemns attack on freedom

The <i>IoS</i> Happy List 2010

While others produce catalogues of the wealthy, heirs and heiresses, and the bonus-baggers, David Randall introduces our third annual list of those who give, rather than make or take

Diplomatic deals expose deportees to torture risk

Amnesty says Britain has led the way in relying on 'worthless' assurances

Gold Cup preview: Kauto can prove ascendant over fading rival star

The 82nd running of the week's centrepiece should provide an "I-was-there" moment. Kauto Star (3.20), going for his third Cheltenham Gold Cup, is poised to seal his greatness. The race has been hyped as the best-of-three decider between the defending champion and his Paul Nicholls-stablemate Denman, but that moment came and went last year and Denman has increasingly looked like a horse falling out of love with his job.

Weapon's Amnesty defuses two-horse race for Henderson

'Flighty' Irish prospect takes wing to soar beyond Long Run and Punchestowns

Sue Montgomery's Day Two Verdict: Walsh leaves his champion to mind fences

In the Champion Chase there is little room for error and even less time for a rider to organise his mount on the approach to a fence. "If you start doing that you'll land five lengths adrift of where you were," said Ruby Walsh, partner of today's hot favourite Master Minded (3.20), "so you have to leave it to the horse."

Nato 'ill-equipped to prevent Afghan civilian deaths'

Nato is ill-equipped to probe accidental loss of life or prevent further civilian deaths during its latest offensive in Afghanistan, Amnesty International warned today.

White House warns UK ruling could 'complicate' intelligence-sharing

The White House said it was "deeply disappointed" at a UK Appeal Court ruling that revealed intelligence relating to torture allegations in the case of a former Guantanamo detainee.

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