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Nigeria today joined the list of countries where journalists are routinely murdered and assaulted without any convictions for their attackers.

Free press under siege in Sri Lanka

There has been a violent and deeply worrying crackdown on dissent, reports Amnesty's Deputy Asia-Pacific Director

Demonstrators in Chennai, India, protest against continuing war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka, last month

David Cameron urged to to boycott Sri Lanka summit over 'human rights abuses'

Canada 'appalled' that Colombo had been selected to host the Commonwealth meeting

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Office of outspoken Tamil newspaper Uthayan attacked in Sri Lanka

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