In one of the deadliest weeks since pro-reform protests began, Syria is imposing the death penalty on anyone arming "terrorists".
At least 11 people have been killed and hundreds injured during demonstrations since Friday 16 December.
Blogger and activist Zainab al-Khawaja's father and husband are both in prison in the aftermath of popular protests this year.
Saudi Arabian authorities have been using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to crack down on dissent.
A UN Commission of Inquiry's report has confirmed that Syrian security forces committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters.
By granting immunity, Yemen's power-transfer deal delivers a hammer blow to accountability for human rights violations.
The BICI report's recommendations must be used to lay the foundations of far-reaching rights reform in Bahrain.
Nine of the men had met to discuss setting up a human rights association, and had circulated a petition calling for political reform
Human rights violations at the hands of Egypt's interim military rulers in some cases exceed former President Hosni Mubarak's brutal record.
The BICI report's publication marks a key opportunity for Bahraini authorities to ensure justice for victims of abuses during this year's protests.
Renewed deadly clashes in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square the week before Egyptian elections is 'utterly unacceptable'.
Syrian opposition leader Kamal al-Labwani has been released after serving six years as a prisoner of conscience.
The Arab League has voted in favour of suspending Syria's membership of the organization.
Alaa Abdel Fattah's detention has been extended by 15 days, raising fears he may face an unfair trial before a military court.
Two Syrian activists who were involved in organizing peaceful protests in Aleppo, have been missing since early November.
Alaa Abdel Fattah to serve the rest of his 15-day detention because of his criticism of a bloody crackdown on protesters by security forces this month.
The trial of activists accused of "publicly insulting" top officials in an internet forum found to have been grossly unfair.
An Iranian actress sentenced for appearing in a film without a headscarf has been released, but several filmmakers remain in prison.
The UN Security Council's endorsement of a deal urging the Yemeni president to step down must not be interpreted as backing immunity.
Iran must acknowledge current and past human rights abuses during UN committee hearing.