Amnesty International uncovers use of medieval instruments, including spiked rods and torture chairs
The number of coalition soldiers deployed in Yemen rises to 10,000 as Saudi-led air strikes intensify
Death toll in the Mediterranean also soars as hundreds of refugees drown off the coast of Libya
Rampant executions under King Salman's rule fuelled by justice system 'riddled with holes', says Amnesty
Celebrities turn on Amnesty International after draft policy backs full legalisation of sex industry
Human rights group warns of an unprecedented spike in the number of people put to death in Iran
In 1923 Afghan law gave women equal rights, but the Soviet invasion – and the Taliban – brought violence and oppression
Downing Street faces tough fight after backing away from calls to strip ministers of surveillance powers
UN Security Council members should lose veto power on humanitarian issues, group says
'Courageous' Ghoncheh Ghavami is recovering in Tehran after being released on bail because of 'health problems'
Rural areas of Iraq turned into 'blood-soaked killing fields' as militants target ethnic minorities in north
White House said those responsible were 'real patriots', as human rights groups call for 'legal consequences'
Iran and Iraq drove a worldwide increase, while Texas was responsible for 40 per cent of American executions
Amnesty says move is 'long overdue' but polls suggest nearly half of voters are opposed
Ciarnan Helferty steps down after Twitter gags about schizophrenia and OCD deemed 'incongruent'
'My body is burning,' Eritrean torture victim tells Radio 4 Today after desert kidnapping
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Thirteen activists, including eight who received life sentences, are offered no reprieve by regime
German police used 85 bullets in 2011, according to a report. LA police fired 90 in one incident last month
Former president of Liberia helped rebels plan atrocities and was paid in 'blood' diamonds