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

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18 November 2012

Graffiti became increasingly popular after Egypt's “25 January Revolution” and colourful murals began to appear across Cairo, with Mohamed Mahmoud Street at the centre of the activity.

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02 November 2012

Wa’ed Tamimi, 16-year-old son of Bassem Tamimi was arrested at a demonstration in the village of al-Nabi Saleh on Friday.

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30 October 2012

Announced today, the ban on all gatherings and rallies violates the right to freedom of expression and assembly.

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29 October 2012

A poet facing a secret trial in Qatar after being detained since last year is a possible prisoner of conscience.

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25 October 2012

All peaceful activists and other prisoners of conscience detained in Syria must be set free after a mass amnesty was granted ahead of the Eid al-Adha religious festival.

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23 October 2012

Progress on human rights in Tunisia that followed the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is being rolled back by the current Tunisian Government.

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19 October 2012

Bahrain must quash convictions and sentences against two former teachers' union leaders ahead of the final verdict in their trial this weekend.

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16 October 2012

Alber Saber Ayad could receive a six-year prison sentence if he is convicted of "defamation of religion".

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27 September 2012

The Tunisian authorities must drop indecency charges against a woman who was summoned to court on Wednesday after she had complained that police officers raped her.

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25 September 2012

Yemen is on the brink of a human rights crisis unless the authorities act now to end persistent abuses in the country and address past violations.

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24 September 2012

Libya’s political leadership must take immediate steps to end ongoing human rights abuses and establish the rule of law.

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19 September 2012

Civilians, many of them children, are the main victims of a campaign of relentless and indiscriminate attacks by the Syrian army.

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19 September 2012

The UN Human Rights Council's review of the human rights situation in Bahrain will have been a hollow exercise unless it is followed by concrete action. 

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18 September 2012

Across Libya, 'irregular migrants' are detained in poor conditions where they face torture and other ill-treatment.

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17 September 2012

Hasna Shaeeb Khalifa and her sister Hala have been threatened, arbitrarily detained, interrogated and released without charge several times.

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14 September 2012

Every day children and other civilians are being killed and injured in indiscriminate air bombardments and artillery strikes by government armed forces all over Syria.

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12 September 2012

The killing of at least four people in an attack on the US consulate compound in Benghazi is an inexcusable act and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

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11 September 2012

Children's drawings and testimonies from families taking refuge inside Lebanon reveal the horror they faced before fleeing Syria.

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11 September 2012

A string of recent court rulings in the Omani capital Muscat are crushing free speech in Oman.

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07 September 2012

Libya's new Congress and justice system struggle to break a legacy of systematic human rights violations.

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