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Armenia's human rights ombudsman has denounced rampant corruption in the country's judicial system. According to his findings, bribe-taking in Armenian courts is endemic and even has an unofficial price list. More
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has so far resisted Washington's calls to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that would allow for a U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014, despite a recent recommendation by an assembly of tribal and political leaders that he do so. In Washington, RFE/RL correspondent Ahmad Shah Azami interviewed Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Eklil Hakimi, on how Kabul views the draft document and how it would like bilateral relations to play out. More
It's no secret that oil wealth plus autocracy often equals secrecy and corruption, despite international efforts to fight the problem through greater business transparency. A new report on Azerbaijan's oil industry underlines the challenge. More
Amnesty International has singled out Belarusian gay-rights activist Ihar Tsikhanyuk, who was seized in hospital and beaten up by police earlier this year, for its annual international letter-writing event Write for Rights. And as the world marks Human Rights Day on December 10, campaigners condemn what they describe as the ruthless repression of gays and lesbians in Belarus. More
Who is the man that Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed to head Russia's massive new media agency? Dmitry Kiselyov is many things -- opinionated, controversial, and rabidly pro-Kremlin. The one thing he's not, say critics, is a journalist. More
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