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

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24 January 2012

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil has been released after ten months in prison for criticizing the military's use of force.

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24 January 2012

Military rulers urged to uphold the right to peaceful assembly during protests marking the first anniversary of the Egyptian uprising.

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23 January 2012

The mission’s observers have submitted a field report in which they are reported to have cited clear evidence of human rights violations.

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19 January 2012

Court confirms death penalty for Saeed Malekpour sentenced after his web program was used to post pornographic images without his knowledge.

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13 January 2012

Some progress has been made on human rights in Tunisia a year after the fall of President Ben Ali, but for many Tunisians the pace of change has been too slow.

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13 January 2012

One protester has been shot dead and several wounded in clashes with police during a pro-reform demonstration in Saudi Arabia.

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09 January 2012

Governments across the region were willing to deploy extreme violence in 2011 in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.

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09 January 2012

A leading Bahraini human rights defender describes how he was attacked by riot police during a peaceful protest.

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09 January 2012

The Yemeni parliament is set to vote on a controversial bill which grants President Saleh and his aides immunity from prosecution.

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06 January 2012

An Arab League observer mission to Syria is due to report back on its preliminary findings on Sunday.

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06 January 2012

Police allegedly subjected 18 year old Hassan ‘Oun to beatings and threats of rape after his arrest in Manama this week.

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22 December 2011

In one of the deadliest weeks since pro-reform protests began, Syria is imposing the death penalty on anyone arming "terrorists".

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20 December 2011

At least 11 people have been killed and hundreds injured during demonstrations since Friday 16 December.

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19 December 2011

Blogger and activist Zainab al-Khawaja's father and husband are both in prison in the aftermath of popular protests this year.

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14 December 2011

Prisoner of conscience Maikel Nabil Sanad had his three year sentence reduced to two years, but intends to continue his hunger strike.

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14 December 2011

Tunisian security forces have repeatedly forcibly returned asylum-seekers to the Libyan border after they fled the armed conflict in Libya.

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01 December 2011

Saudi Arabian authorities have been using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to crack down on dissent.

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28 November 2011

A UN Commission of Inquiry's report has confirmed that Syrian security forces committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters.

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24 November 2011

By granting immunity, Yemen's power-transfer deal delivers a hammer blow to accountability for human rights violations.

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