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

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14 June 2013

Two politicians in Libya are due to appear in court, and face the death penalty, after publishing a cartoon on women’s rights deemed to be offensive to Islam.

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13 June 2013

Yesterday’s prison sentences against three FEMEN activists in Tunisia are an unacceptable restriction on freedom of expression.

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12 June 2013

Iran’s authorities have intensified the clampdown on dissidents ahead of the country’s presidential election on 14 June, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.

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11 June 2013

Criminal “defamation of religion” charges must be dropped in a number of cases across Egypt, Amnesty International said today after a teacher was convicted for insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in the classroom.

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05 June 2013

Egypt’s authorities must overturn the conviction of 43 people for working at unregistered non-governmental organizations in Egypt and receiving illegal foreign funding

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31 May 2013

A 19-year-old Tunisian activist for the FEMEN network is facing further accusations after having been convicted and fined for the possession of a self-defence spray.

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28 May 2013

Today’s court appeal by two members of a prominent Saudi Arabian human rights organization is a bid for justice amid a broader crackdown on activism in the Gulf kingdom.

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28 May 2013

The trial of a blogger before a military court in Tunisia after he peacefully expressed his opinion on the internet is worrying evidence of the state of freedom of expression in the country.

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24 May 2013

“The tragedy is not only inside, but also outside Syria,” says a London-based Syrian human rights activist.

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23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

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17 May 2013

There are credible fears that the charges against a well-known opposition activist in Alexandria may be spurious and in retaliation for his activism, Amnesty International said as his appeal hearing is due to resume. 

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16 May 2013

Five men in Bahrain have been sentenced to a year imprisonment for allegedly insulting the King of Bahrain in messages posted on Twitter.

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10 May 2013

A Coptic Christian teacher detained in Egypt on charges of “defamation of religion” must be immediately released and the criminal case against her dropped.

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07 May 2013

An activist in Algeria is sentenced to a two-month suspended prison term and a fine after he distributed leaflets about unemployment in the country.

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01 May 2013

Four founding members of a nascent human rights group in Saudi Arabia have been interrogated and intimidated in their attempt to get their organization off the ground.

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25 April 2013

The UN Security Council has failed to add human rights monitoring to the mandate of its Western Sahara peacekeeping force, despite ongoing reports of abuses in the region.

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25 April 2013

An arbitrary court order to detain a university professor for four months after he co-founded a human rights organization is the latest blow to freedom of expression and assembly in Saudi Arabia.

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17 April 2013

With Bahrain about to host the 2013 Formula One Grand Prix, the spotlight has returned to the Gulf country’s human rights record. Here're some of the main issues you should know.

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15 April 2013

A move by Bahrain’s government to jail anyone found guilty of insulting the Gulf nation’s King for up to five years is a new attempt to crush dissent before the country hosts the Formula One Grand Prix later this week.

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10 April 2013

The wife of a hunger-striking Libyan journalist tells of her disbelief that her husband has been imprisoned for ‘offending’ the judiciary

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