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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

Media Diary: Cure found for wild claims

A fascinating spat has broken out between Ben Goldacre, The Guardian's self-appointed judge of "Bad Science", and some of his fellow science specialists on the paper.

ICC urged to charge Syria over new claim of war crimes

Amnesty International has said that the Syrian regime may have committed war crimes during an army operation in which homes were shelled, fleeing villagers sniped and arrested civilians tortured and killed.

Fears for Tamils sent back to Sri Lanka from UK

More than two dozen Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrived back in Colombo yesterday after British authorities deported them despite warnings about possible threats to their safety.

Free Ayat now, Amnesty tells Bahrain regime

Amnesty International last night called on Bahrain to free Ayat al-Gormezi, the 20-year-old student who has become a symbol for those who have taken to the streets of the Gulf state to demand greater political freedoms.

Uganda to give free pepper spray to fight rapists

Young women are to be given free pepper spray to defend themselves against rapists, says Uganda's newly appointed junior minister for Youth and Children Ronald Kibuule, who has vowed to fight the high rate of sex crime.

Last Night's TV: Storyville &ndash; Amnesty! When They Are All Free, BBC4 <br/>Lead Balloon, BBC2

Virtue is its own reward, we're told, but it can dole out some ingenious punishments too, tormenting the well intentioned with unforeseen consequences. The Storyville film Amnesty! When They Are All Free began as what looked like a corporate celebration of the charity's 50th anniversary, full of fond memories and approving sentiments. But by the time it had finished it had become a lot more nuanced and ambiguous.

Egyptians decry 'virginity tests' on protesters

Activists and bloggers are pressing Egypt's military rulers to investigate accusations of serious abuses against protesters, including claims that soldiers subjected female detainees to so-called "virginity tests."

50 years of Amnesty art

For 50 years, Amnesty International has been shining a light on human-rights abuses around the world. To celebrate this landmark, the organisation is taking an exhibition around the world to display half a century's worth of campaign posters. Its collection of designs features work from the artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, the photojournalists Stuart Franklin and Annie Leibovitz, and the young Thai artist Kwanchai Lichaikul.

i wins award for &quot;innovation and creativity&quot;

i has won the Platinum Award at the 2011 Newspaper Awards for its “innovation and creativity” in a troubled market. This year is first time the Platinum Award has been presented.

Khodorkovsky appeals against prison sentence

A Moscow court will this morning hear an appeal from the jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, against a sentence that will keep him in prison until at least 2017. His lawyers, who claim the case against Russia's former richest man is politically motivated, say they have little hope that the judge will overturn the guilty verdict.

'Independent' writers up for Amnesty award

Two journalists on The Independent have been nominated for Amnesty International's annual Media Awards.

Cooper Brown: Shock

I was finally allowed to see what Mulligan had been building to capture the Lesbian Sticker Lady. It seemed to be a series of wires with sucker pads on the end.

Heavy-handed Kashmir police take lessons in how not to kill

After 114 unarmed protesters die, securityforces are desperate to improve their image

New Bill 'would stop cases against multinationals'

Lobby groups including Amnesty International and the Corporate Responsibility Coalition have written to Jonathan Djanogly, a Justice minister, about proposals to reform civil litigation funding and costs.

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