A major report from Amnesty International released to coincide with this weekend’s Formula One grand prix has warned that human rights abuses in Bahrain continue “unabated” despite repeated assurances from the authorities that the situation is improving.
Three activists protesting in support of jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot were detained on Wednesday as tensions in the Russian capital heat up ahead of a verdict in a trial that is being seen as a key test of Vladimir Putin's crackdown on dissent.
Pussy Riot, the feminist punk rock band three of whose members are being prosecuted by the Russian authorities for singing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral, have told the Observer they refused to be intimidated by the government's "brutality and cruelness" because they "had done nothing wrong".
Egypt's embattled revolution faces one of its sternest tests on Saturday, as the country goes to the polls to elect its first post-Mubarak president amid a whirlwind of popular disillusionment and an unprecedented constitutional crisis.
Amnesty International has welcomed the Royal Bank of Scotland’s announcement that it will stop investing in companies which may produce cluster bombs.