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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

Violence still embedded in Zimbabwe's political system

A leading international rights group said yesterday that Zimbabwe's two-year-old coalition government has failed to end human rights abuses and political violence.

Video: Human rights abuses in Belarus

This video by Amnesty International has been made to accompany a report published yesterday detailing the ongoing repression of political and human rights defenders in Belarus in the wake of the December election.

WikiLeaks suspect was 'unfit for deployment'

The United States Army private accused of downloading classified materials while serving as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad and passing them to WikiLeaks should never have been deployed to Iraq in the first place because he was mentally unfit, a soon-to-be-released Pentagon report will conclude.

UK urged to help 'WikiLeaks mole'

Human-rights campaigners have called on the British Government to intervene in the case of a soldier held in a US jail on suspicion of passing state secrets to WikiLeaks – because he is partly British.

Targeted by gay-hate paper, then murdered in his home

Death of Ugandan homosexual rights activist followed threats and intimidation

Haiti: One year on from quake

As around a million and a half people camp out in squalor, rape is a daily occurrence, food is stolen, and most of the rubble from 330,000 wrecked homes is still piled high

Amazing grace: A new book honours the dignity and diversity of the world's indigenous peoples

The new book of portraits also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International

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Kate Allen: Nicaragua's hidden scandal

Connie was just nine years old when her father first raped her. The abuse continued until she was 14. She told Amnesty International that her father would regularly hit her so much that she was unable to go to school the next day. Why? Chillingly because he wanted her to stay at home so “he could abuse her as much as he wanted”.

Hague urged to demand Guantanamo release

Britain is facing growing pressure to use its special relationship with the Obama administration to secure the freedom of the UK's last prisoner held at Guantánamo Bay.

Chinese woman sent to labor camp for retweeting

China has sentenced a woman to a year in a labor camp for "disrupting social order" by retweeting a satirical message urging Chinese protesters to smash the Japan pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, an international rights group said.

A decade of starvation for Irom Sharmila

Woman on world's longest hunger strike vows to 'continue fasting' over human rights abuses in Manipur

Mann back in Equatorial Guinea – to work for leader he tried to oust

Simon Mann's incarceration in a brutal prison for attempting to overthrow one of the most notorious dictators in Africa was turned into an international cause célèbre in a long and vocal campaign by family friends.

U2 deliver subtle dig to Medvedev in Moscow

When a huge rock band with strong political interests played in Russia for the first time, the results were never likely to be sedate.

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