from Middle east and north africa
A Sri Lankan domestic worker has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed while still a child.
At least 11 women are still believed to be in detention in Saudi Arabia after being detained at a protest on 5 January.
A young Sri Lankan woman is at imminent risk of execution in Saudi Arabia for a crime she allegedly committed whilst under the age of 18.
An Egyptian freelance journalist facing an unfair military trial after he was arrested while covering a story in the North Sinai region must be released, urges Amnesty International.
A former Saudi Arabian diplomat is at grave risk of being detained and tortured or otherwise ill-treated if Qatari authorities follow through with plans to return him forcibly to Saudi Arabia.
A military appeal court in Tunisia has upheld the conviction on defamation charges of a former presidential adviser and handed him an even harsher punishment.
Taher Belabès faces 'incitement' charges after a youth unemployment protest in the southern oil town of Ouargla.
An online activist in Saudi Arabia faces the death penalty over apostasy charges in a trial being used to stifle political and social debate.
The detention of a 16-year-old Bahraini boy in an adult prison has been extended for a further week despite the Bahraini authorities’ failure to bring any charges against him.
Twenty-eight people are at imminent risk of execution after their death sentences were ratified yesterday.
Instead of delivering justice and an impartial investigation into a blogger's death in custody, Iranian authorities have been intimidating his family members.
An Egyptian activist has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of “defamation of religion”.
Bahrain urged to release a prominent human rights defender whose conviction for involvement in anti-government protests has been upheld.
Dozens of student activists kept behind bars in Iran, some since 2009, must be freed immediately and unconditionally to mark National Student Day.
An Omani appeals court has upheld convictions against five men and a woman in what Amnesty International said is part of an ongoing assault on freedom of expression.
A new Amnesty International report says abuses committed by an al-Qa’ida affiliate and Yemeni government forces must be independently investigated.
Israel authorizes an additional 3,000 housing units a day after Palestine is recognized as a non-member observer state of the UN.
The men were convicted by a military court last year after participating in peaceful anti-government protests.
The document restricts freedom of expression in the name of protecting religion, and allows for the military trial of civilians.
The vote at the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday was decided by 138 votes in favour, 41 abstentions, and 9 against.