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Anar Mammadli (right) was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison, while his deputy, Bashir Suleymanli (left), received a 3 1/2-year prison term. - Photograph: Courtesy Image/rferl.org

Although Azeri election monitoring activist Bashir Suleymanli was released, others remain in jail, reports the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT).

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When a government deems it politically expedient to lock up good men and women, it is high time we voted it out, writes Rani Rasiah. She goes on to provide a glimpse of one of these women, Sarasvathy Muthu, now freed but facing charges in court on 10 October 2011.

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This is a tribute to peace activists from India and Pakistan for their outstanding work in bridging the international divide between the two countries.

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Migrant rights activists from the region have noted a number of important shortcomings in the Asean Declaration which they hope the regional body will remedy during the drafting of an Instrument to implement the Declaration. They are calling on Asean to give importance to the mainstreaming of gender-responsive, rights based policies in both the Asean Declaration and national government policies.

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