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

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04 August 2011

The UN's response to the crackdown in Syria is disappointing and weak, and does not take any decisive action.

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03 August 2011

Two Bahraini women activists, both of whom allege they have been tortured in detention, have gone on hunger strike to protest against their imprisonment.

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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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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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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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12 July 2011

The law makes it an offence to call for a boycott against the state of Israel or its West Bank settlements.

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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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30 June 2011

An independent commission set up to investigate alleged human rights abuses during recent protests in the country must lead to justice for victims.

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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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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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21 June 2011

Emadeddin Baghi, one of Iran's most outspoken human rights activists, was released on Monday.

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20 June 2011

Clampdown on freedom of expression marks run-up to African Union summit in the capital Malabo on 23 June.

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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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