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23 April 2012

A Bahrain court has further postponed the appeals trial of prominent opposition activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike for 75 days.

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23 April 2012


Fighting broke out in Kufra on Friday between armed militias after a Tabu man was killed by unidentified assailants.

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19 April 2012

Libya's armed militias have been accused of widespread torture and more than a dozen deaths in custody since September 2011.

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17 April 2012

A new report reveals how Bahrain's piecemeal reforms have failed to provide justice for victims of human rights violations.

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12 April 2012

Authorities urged to act to prevent a repetition of the widespread human rights abuses that took place under former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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10 April 2012

There were scores of injuries when Tunisian security forces violently dispersed peaceful protests in the capital Tunis.

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10 April 2012

A Bahraini prisoner of conscience's health has seriously deteriorated while on hunger strike in prison after anti-government protests last year.

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03 April 2012

Some 13 school pupils have been beaten and verbally abused before being arrested by men in plain clothes in the town of Daraya.

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19 March 2012

A new report documents how scores of Libyan civilians not involved in the fighting were killed and injured, most in their homes, as a result of NATO airstrikes.

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09 March 2012

A year after a planned "Day of Rage" demonstration in Riyadh, at least six men are languishing in jail for their involvement in the event.

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09 March 2012

The trial of an Egyptian military doctor accused of conducting forced “virginity tests” on a woman protester will show if female victims of violence by the army will receive any redress.

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06 March 2012

On International Women's Day, Amnesty International supports the courageous women fighting for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

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01 March 2012

Egypt has lifted a travel ban on some, but not all, foreign nationals targeted in a crackdown on NGO workers.

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28 February 2012

Survivors of a brutal military assault on the western Syrian city of Hama three decades ago recall the horrific scenes they witnessed.

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24 February 2012

As a "Friends of Syria" group gathers to discuss actions, there is an urgent need for full humanitarian access to areas of Homs that have come under relentless bombardment.

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24 February 2012

The Tunisian Minister for Human Rights has been urged to retract homophobic comments that undermine human rights.

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23 February 2012

Tunisian journalists face criminal charges and jail sentences for publishing a photograph showing a partially naked woman.

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22 February 2012

Egypt's security forces continue to kill protesters with the same brutal tactics used in Hosni Mubarak’s last days in power.

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22 February 2012

Saudi Arabian authorities are using a Riyadh court established to fight terrorism to try peaceful protesters.

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20 February 2012
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