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The state of the world's human rights

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30 April 2012

A violent attack on protesters in Cairo demonstrating against the exlusion of a well-known politician from upcoming elections has left one person dead.

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27 April 2012

Concern is growing for three human rights defenders being held at a military base near Damascus, amid reports they may be facing ongoing torture.

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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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18 April 2012

A Tunisian TV boss faces up to three years in prison for screening the French film Persepolis.

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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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17 April 2012

Legislators in Kuwait are due to vote on draft legislation that would make blasphemy a crime punishable by death.

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13 April 2012

The Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent human rights activist who is reported to have been on hunger strike for five weeks in protest at his continuing unfair imprisonment, Amnesty International said.

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13 April 2012

Women in Tehran are facing jail sentences for campaigning against decades 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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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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03 April 2012

At least 13 people remain in custody in the wake of the weekend protests against the detention of half a dozen pro-reform activists.

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29 March 2012

A leading human rights defender in Bahrain detained for taking part in protests is at risk of death after 50 days on hunger strike.

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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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05 March 2012

Iranian authorities are urged to overturn an 18-year jail sentenced for a prominent human rights lawyer and prisoner of conscience.

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28 February 2012

Repression of dissent in Iran has dramatically escalated in the run-up to this week’s parliamentary elections.

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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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