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The state of the world's human rights

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02 August 2011

The former leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, both ousted in popular uprisings in recent months, are facing criminal trials for abuse of power.

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02 August 2011

The trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and other senior officials murder and attempted murder has begun in Cairo.

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01 August 2011

The UN must take urgent action to stop the escalating violence against protesters in Syria, which amounts to crimes against humanity.

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27 July 2011

Amnesty International calls on Bahrain to release two people held for leading a teachers' strike amid wide-scale protests earlier this year.

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26 July 2011

Released after five years in prison, prominent human rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni is finally being acknowledged by fellow Syrians.

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25 July 2011

Amnesty International's website has been blocked inside Saudi Arabia after the organization published criticism of a draft "anti-terror" law.

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22 July 2011

A draft law in Saudi Arabia poses a serious threat to freedom of expression and peaceful dissent in the name of preventing terrorism.

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19 July 2011

Thirteen-year-old Thabet al-Hajlaoui was reportedly killed after security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the town of Sidi Bouzid.

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18 July 2011

Prominent human rights campaigner allowed to travel abroad for the first time in seven years.

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17 July 2011

The trial of five activists for “publicly insulting” the UAE president and other top officials re-opens on 18 July, amid a clampdown on free expression.

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04 July 2011

Two women remain in detention in Riyadh after being arrested along with others who demanded fair trials for imprisoned relatives.

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29 June 2011

Authorities in Iraq's Kurdistan region are urged to investigate attacks on those linked to protests calling for political reform.

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29 June 2011

A verdict in the case of the two police officers accused of killing Khaled Said last June in Alexandria is expected on Thursday.

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29 June 2011

The heavy-handed security response to Cairo protests is a reminiscent of the violence following the '25 January Revolution'.

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27 June 2011

Colonel M’uammar al-Gaddafi and other senior Libyan government officials face trial at the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity.

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27 June 2011

The head of Egypt’s military intelligence has promised that the army will no longer carry out forced ‘virginity tests’, after defending their use

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22 June 2011

A Bahraini military court has handed down life sentences to prominent Shia opposition activists who were involved in protests.

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21 June 2011

Protesters detained after calling for reform in Syria remain in detention despite two government "general amnesties".

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14 June 2011

Dozens of people linked to pro-reform protests in Bahrain earlier this year are facing unfair trials at a special military court set up during a state of emergency.

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12 June 2011

A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a woman activist to a year in prison after she read out a poem criticizing the government.

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