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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

Syria continues rebel bombardment

Syrian troops have clashed with army defectors and shelled rebel districts in Homs, killing at least 11 civilians a day after the government claimed it had begun a withdrawal ahead of the deadline for an international truce plan.

Erzsebet Fodor and her partner Zoltan Koza were evicted from the centre of Miercurea Ciuc/Czikszereda in 2004, they and their ten children now live in a metallic barrack placed by the municipal authorities on the outskirts of town in Romania (2009)

Roma shown to be Europe's poorest and most reviled people

Amnesty report exposes shocking treatment of the transient population and appeals for new approach

Azerbaijan warms up for Eurovision by torturing musicians

Fresh doubts have been raised about the suitability of Azerbaijan to host May's Eurovision Song Contest, as it emerged that two local musicians who insulted the country's president during a concert may have been tortured by police over recent days.

Amnesty accuses Nato of ignoring Libya air-strike deaths

Nato has failed to properly investigate or provide compensation for civilian deaths caused by its air strikes during the seven-month operation in Libya that helped bring about the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Amnesty International says.

Assad's military has 304,000 active military personnel and 4,700 tanks

Prisoners in Syria face ordeal by torture chamber

Amnesty compiles new evidence of treatment inflicted by brutal regime

Pointing the way: Russell Brand at the Secret Policeman’s Ball at Radio City in New York

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Russell Brand stole the show as American and British comics vied for laughs in New York

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A photography exhibition opposing discrimination across Europe opens in Croatia this weekend. We showcase the inspirational pictures

One Libyan in three wants return to authoritarian rule

Almost a year after the start of the Libyan uprising that led to the ousting and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, new research suggests more than a third of its citizens would rather return to being ruled by a strongman than embrace democracy.

Kate Allen: It's time for America to put an end to this shameful scandal

It is staggering to contemplate that the US government has perpetuated this injustice

Hundreds in London join day of action to support Arab Spring protesters

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in London yesterday to show solidarity with protesters in the Middle East and North Africa.

Album: Various artists, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Universal/Amnesty)

The temptation to cover the work of Bob Dylan has proven irresistible to successive generations of artists, so it's no surprise that this album – compiled to honour 50 years of Amnesty International – runs to 72 tracks and four discs.

2012 wrap stays despite Olympics resignation

The controversial fabric wrap around London's showpiece Olympic Stadium will stay despite the resignation of an ethics watchdog over the link between the Bhopal disaster and Dow Chemical Company, which is backing the hi-tech design, London 2012 said today.

Justus Nyang'aya: An important milestone, but the quest for justice should not stop here

Kenyans will only be able to close this regrettable chapter if all of the perpetrators are held to account

Leading article: Britain's reputation is in the dock over rendition

Questions have been raised about the UK's line between decency and realpolitik

China sentences rights activist Chen Wei to nine years in jail 

A Chinese court sentenced a veteran activist today to nine years in prison for inciting subversion, in what appears to be the most severe punishment handed down in a crackdown to prevent the spread of Arab Spring-style democratic uprisings.

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