Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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24 January 2012

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil has been released after ten months in prison for criticizing the military's use of force.

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24 January 2012

Military rulers urged to uphold the right to peaceful assembly during protests marking the first anniversary of the Egyptian uprising.

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23 January 2012

The mission’s observers have submitted a field report in which they are reported to have cited clear evidence of human rights violations.

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19 January 2012

Court confirms death penalty for Saeed Malekpour sentenced after his web program was used to post pornographic images without his knowledge.

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18 January 2012

A human rights defender in Gaza has been stabbed by unknown assailants after criticizing Hamas and armed Palestinian groups.

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13 January 2012

One protester has been shot dead and several wounded in clashes with police during a pro-reform demonstration in Saudi Arabia.

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09 January 2012

Governments across the region were willing to deploy extreme violence in 2011 in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.

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09 January 2012

A leading Bahraini human rights defender describes how he was attacked by riot police during a peaceful protest.

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09 January 2012

The Yemeni parliament is set to vote on a controversial bill which grants President Saleh and his aides immunity from prosecution.

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06 January 2012

Police allegedly subjected 18 year old Hassan ‘Oun to beatings and threats of rape after his arrest in Manama this week.

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22 December 2011

In one of the deadliest weeks since pro-reform protests began, Syria is imposing the death penalty on anyone arming "terrorists".

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19 December 2011

Blogger and activist Zainab al-Khawaja's father and husband are both in prison in the aftermath of popular protests this year.

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14 December 2011

Prisoner of conscience Maikel Nabil Sanad had his three year sentence reduced to two years, but intends to continue his hunger strike.

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06 December 2011

Prominent activist Razan Ghazzawi was arrested by Syrian immigration police on Sunday while on her way to a media freedom workshop in Jordan.

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30 November 2011

Iranian women activists are raising awareness globally about a controversial "polygamy" law that would further endanger women's rights.

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27 November 2011

Five activists have been convicted with criminal defamation by the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi after criticizing government officials.

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23 November 2011

Nine of the men had met to discuss setting up a human rights association, and had circulated a petition calling for political reform

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22 November 2011

Human rights violations at the hands of Egypt's interim military rulers in some cases exceed former President Hosni Mubarak's brutal record.

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18 November 2011

Freed Iranian doctors say that Amnesty International's campaign to release them gave them strength.

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15 November 2011

Syrian opposition leader Kamal al-Labwani has been released after serving six years as a prisoner of conscience.

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