A new Amnesty International report details how in October 2009, security forces opened fire on a crowd of people peacefully protesting against the proposed demolition of their homes in Port Harcourt.

Amnesty International has urged the Belgrade authorities to stop forced evictions after Roma families, including 17 children and one pregnant woman, were evicted from their homes in the city.

Ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty, Amnesty International has urged the USA, the only country that carried out executions in the Americas in 2009, to end its use of capital punishment.

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Ethiopia releases opposition leader

Birtukan Mideksa, head of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, was freed after serving 21 months of a life sentence.

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A call for tolerance in Serbia
The first gay pride parade in Belgrade for nearly ten years ends in violence as objectors hurl stones and explosives

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Germany must stop forcible returns of Roma to Kosovo

A growing number of Roma and other minorities are being forcibly returned to Kosovo from Germany and from other western European states. If returned to Kosovo, they will be at risk of persecution or other serious harm.

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