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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

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South African officers involved in death of man dragged by police van are charged with murder

Incident  shines a light on South Africa's much-criticised police force

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Sentenced to 100 lashes in the Maldives: 15-year-old girl 'raped by stepfather who then murdered baby'

A teenage girl in the Maldives who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather has been ordered to receive 100 lashes after she confessed to having had pre-marital sex with another man. She is said to be deeply traumatised.

Russia set for posthumous Magnitsky trial

Amnesty says the trial is a 'new chapter in Russia's worsening human rights record'

A Bahraini anti-government protester throw a stone toward riot police during clashes in Daih

Teenager's death marks anniversary of Bahrain's uprising

Two years on, little has changed as Shia muslims continue to protest against the Sunni government

The beheading of a housemaid in Saudi Arabia highlights slave-like conditions

In 2010, 27 migrant workers were executed in Saudi Arabia and, according to Amnesty International, more than 45 foreign maids are currently on death row

Isa Gambar, the leader of the Musavat party, said around 100 people attacked him and other party officials

Police accused of turning blind eye to attack on Azerbaijan opposition leader

One of Azerbaijan’s most prominent opposition figures has been assaulted while police apparently stood to one side and did not intervene.

Protesters calling for Rizana Nafeek’s release, in Colombo in 2011

Saudi Arabia executes Sri Lankan maid

Kingdom breaching global treaty as Rizana Nafeek was 17 when baby died in her care

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In The Independent on Sunday of 23 December, an article stated that Amnesty International recommends that the use of Tasers on children and vulnerable people "should be avoided in all circumstances".

Prime Minister David Cameron (L) helps (R) Ken Maddock campaign for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Avon and Somerset

David Cameron makes 'no apology' for controversial visit to the Gulf to promote British defence firms

David Cameron has insisted he made “no apology” for flying to the Gulf to bang the drum for British defence firms despite the poor human rights record in the region.

Activists step up campaign against secret justice bill

Human rights groups will start the firing gun on their campaign against Government proposals to allow national security evidence to be heard behind closed court doors under the so-called "secret justice" bill.

Iranian nuclear ambitions will be top of the agenda for David Cameron in Saudi Arabia

Iran’s nuclear ambitions will be top of the agenda when David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia tomorrow during a three-day visit to the Gulf and the Middle East.

Syrian rebels accused of war crime after video is posted appearing to show opposition forces shooting captured Assad troops

Video showing apparent war crime raises questions about oppposition groups

Rights groups dismiss claims of progress

Sri Lanka yesterday claimed it was making progress on protecting human rights amid a barrage of sceptical questions about abductions, threats to journalists and lack of reconciliation with the Tamil community.

Islamist suspects 'held inhumanely' in Nigeria claims human rights group

Nigeria is illegally holding hundreds of people suspected of taking part in violence orchestrated by a radical Islamist sect, a rights group warned today, adding that they were being kept in inhumane conditions and denied access to lawyers.

Watchdog warns over secret hearings

Government plans to extend the use of secret hearings in courts are not compatible with the Human Rights Act, the equalities watchdog has said.

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