The London-based human rights body Amnesty International has claimed that some European Union states are selling torture equipment to foreign countries that are known to mistreat prisoners.
At least 100 protesters picketed the local Duma today in the Russian city of Perm to demand cuts in utility fees.
The mother of jailed Iranian labor activist Mansour Osanlou has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda he has been transferred to a prison ward for drug addicts and prisoners suffering from Hepatitis and AIDS.
Communist Party members in Moldova have begun a boycott of parliament sessions
The chief architect in the Russian town of Solikamsk has been shot dead.
The Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, has asked for a full investigation into the case of Omidreza Mirsayafi, an Iranian journalist and blogger who died in prison one year ago.
The Ukrainian human rights community has strongly objected to the planned abolition of the Interior Ministry's department for monitoring human rights.
RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service is reporting a claim that Russia's most wanted man -- Islamist insurgent leader Doku Umarov -- has been killed.
The warden of a notorious Kazakh jail and one of his subordinates have been arrested on suspicion of extortion, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
A senior U.S. official has reiterated Washington's call for Armenia and Turkey to unconditionally adhere to their U.S.-brokered agreements to normalize bilateral relations, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
Over 2,000 people have been evacuated from several villages in eastern Kazakhstan due to severe flooding caused by melting snow.
The media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is "dismayed" at the "unprecedented wave of harassment" directed toward independent and opposition news media in Kyrgyzstan.