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Amnesty International weighs in on California prisons hunger strike

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amnesty International weighed in on a 22-day-old hunger strike in California prisons on Tuesday, calling solitary confinement conditions faced by protesting inmates an "affront to human rights" and urging an impartial probe into the death of a prisoner. Full story

Edgy new play spotlights death row teens in Iran

The curtain opens. Six nooses hang above a group of teenage inmates, who are making chairs in a prison workshop to be used as platforms in their own hangings. The audience gasps. Full story

Pakistan brings back death penalty, to anger of rights groups

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's new government, striving to appear determined to rein in escalating crime and militancy, has ended a ban on the death penalty, in a move condemned as "shocking and retrograde" by rights group Amnesty International. Full story

Ex-Soviet states return people to torture in Central Asia: Amnesty

KIEV (Reuters) - Amnesty International accused Russia, Ukraine and the five Central Asian states on Wednesday of colluding in abductions and unlawful transfers of asylum-seekers and refugees back to Central Asia where they faced the risk of torture. Full story

Nigeria hangs four prisoners in first executions since 2006

ABUJA (Reuters) - Four prisoners have been hanged in Nigeria, an official said on Tuesday, in the first known executions since 2006 which Amnesty International described as "a truly dark day for human rights in the country". Full story

Equatorial Guinea arrests opposition leaders over march

MALABO (Reuters) - Equatorial Guinea arrested at least four members of the opposition for seeking to organize a protest ahead of an legislative election this month, Amnesty International and a local rights activist said on Wednesday. Full story

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