Feminist group forced to close in China after detentions

A women's rights organisation connected to five feminist activists whose detentions prompted international concern earlier this year said today it has been forced to shut down permanently because of mounting pressure from authorities.

Cuban dissidents say Yoani Sanchez''s husband, others detained in Havana

Cuban police detained at least four political opponents on Tuesday, including the husband of prominent blogger Yoani Sanchez, hours before a performance artist planned to stage an unauthorized open microphone event, dissidents said.

Amnesty slams US on detentions, executions

In its report, Amnesty said US authorities executed 46 people over past year.

China `Jasmine` detentions up to 54: Rights group

China has launched a fierce crackdown on government critics and activists.

Germans protest human rights abuses, detentions in Iran

Several hundred people demonstrated on Saturday in the German cities of Hamburg and Berlin against violence and suppression in Iran.