4 trade unionist leaders in Iran were released. Two others still remain in custody. AI believes both men are prisoners of conscience, held solely for their peaceful trade union activities.
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On January 9, Saudi Arabian authorities publicly lashed Raif Badawi 50 times – the first flogging meted after Raif was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years imprisonment in May 2014.
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Since 2014, Boko Haram has killed at least 5,500 Nigerian civilians and abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, many of whom been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight.