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Executions jump in 2011, driven by Middle East, says Amnesty

By Adrian Croft / Reuters LONDON: The number of executions carried out around the world jumped last year, largely due to a surge in use of the death penalty in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The rights group said at least 676 people were executed in 20 countries in 2011 compared …


Iran steps up repression before polls: Amnesty

By Avril Ormsby / Reuters LONDON: Iran has “dramatically escalated” a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to this week’s parliamentary elections, arresting lawyers, students and journalists and targeting electronic media, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. “In Iran today you put yourself at risk if you do anything that might fall outside the …


Military police ‘punishing’ protesters, not maintaining order, says Amnesty

CAIRO: Video footage of the crackdown on protesters by security forces suggests that military police were aiming to punish demonstrators rather maintain law and order, Amnesty International said Tuesday. “Available video footage, showing harsh and prolonged beatings, indicated that military police were using excessive force gratuitously,” Amnesty’s statement read. Violence has been raging in Cairo …


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