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A UN special envoy began a five-day visit to Myanmar on Monday to discuss human rights ahead of national polls, days after the military regime freed democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's deputy.
Cuba has released the last five of a group of 35 dissidents it arrested last week for demonstrating on behalf of a conscientious objector, a Cuban human rights group said Monday.
The Obama administration on Tuesday suspended the transfer of detainees from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay to Yemen as a result of the deteriorating security situation there.
The mass killings under Joseph Stalin cannot be justified, President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, in a rare condemnation by the Kremlin of the Soviet dictator still seen as a hero by many in Russia.
For the first time since June's post-election riots, the Iranian government appears to have admitted that a prisoner died from abuse suffered at the hands of prison authorities.
Saudi Arabia will this week free 17 political prisoners from the Ismaili community in a new sign of easing tensions with the minority group living near the border with Yemen.