One protester has been shot dead and several wounded in clashes with police during a pro-reform demonstration in Saudi Arabia.
Governments across the region were willing to deploy extreme violence in 2011 in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.
A leading Bahraini human rights defender describes how he was attacked by riot police during a peaceful protest.
The Yemeni parliament is set to vote on a controversial bill which grants President Saleh and his aides immunity from prosecution.
An Arab League observer mission to Syria is due to report back on its preliminary findings on Sunday.
Police allegedly subjected 18 year old Hassan ‘Oun to beatings and threats of rape after his arrest in Manama this week.
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.
Prisoner of conscience Maikel Nabil Sanad had his three year sentence reduced to two years, but intends to continue his hunger strike.
Tunisian security forces have repeatedly forcibly returned asylum-seekers to the Libyan border after they fled the armed conflict in Libya.
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.
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.