Turkish police have detained several human rights activists at a conference in Istanbul, among them the local director of Amnesty International as well as a German national. AI is calling the move a grotesque abuse of power.
The US global human rights report covers some 200 countries and territories. China, Russia, Iran and North Korea were top of the list in violating human rights.
The rights group said selling weapons to Saudis had a devastating effect on civilians in Yemen. Germany announced it would not backtrack on the sale of patrol boats to Saudi Arabia.
The human rights watchdog has published its annual report, urging more human rights protections. Amnesty has warned that "hate-filled rhetoric" from US President Donald Trump and others has eroded human rights globally.
Journalists and human rights activists are being unlawfully held in Turkish prisons, says Stefan Simanowitz, Amnesty International's Media Manager for Europe, Turkey and the Balkans.
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