from Middle east and north africa
Amnesty International has written to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urging him to commute death sentences imposed on two men convicted of “sorcery”.
Amnesty International has expressed concern over the sentencing of an Iranian-Canadian blogger to more than 19 years in prison for his online comments.
An independent report highlights the continuing failure of both the Israeli and Hamas authorities to investigate violations of international law documented by the UN over a year ago.
Student Tal al-Mallohi has been held incommunicado and without charge since she was arrested by State Security officials in December.
Journalist Emadeddin Baghi, who has been systematically targeted by the authorities for his human rights work, also has several other cases pending against him.
According to reports, more than 12,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the southern region of Shabwa and are yet to receive humanitarian aid.
Amnesty International has called for decisive and inclusive action to protect people living in slums in Egypt after a senior Cairo city official was cleared of negligence over the deaths of at least 119 people in a rockslide in September 2008.
World leaders urged to take urgent steps to uphold the rights of millions living in poverty in order to meet targets set by the Millennium Development Goals.
NGO board members suspended after it criticized alleged violations committed by the authorities against opposition and human rights activists in the Sh'ia community.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's sentence of stoning to death has been temporarily suspended but authorities must overturn the death sentence against her entirely.
Twenty three Shi'a Muslims have been accused of terrorism and plotting to overthrow the government as part of an increased clampdown on opposition and human rights activists.
Abdallah Abu Rahma, head of the "Popular Committee Against the Wall" in the West Bank village of Bil'in, now faces imprisonment for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Amnesty International calls for the eight men, all detained after taking part in a protest against poor safety conditions, to be tried by a civilian court for recognizable criminal offences.
A court is considering the possibility of having a man's spinal cord cut to cause the same damage he is alleged to have inflicted on his victim during a fight.
Amnesty International calls on the Bahraini authorities to reveal the whereabouts of eight human rights defenders, political activists and Shia clerics arrested in a clampdown by the authorities.
Amnesty International is urging the Syrian authorities to release or charge a Kurdish man who has been detained for almost two years.
Amnesty International criticized the TV “confession” of an Iranian woman in which Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, awaiting execution by stoning for adultery, appears to implicate herself in the murder of her husband.
Amnesty International has condemned the sentencing of seven members of Iran's Baha’i religious minority to 20 years in jail on a series of politically motivated charges.
'Ali 'Abdullah Muhsin al-Rajhi was accused of murder but instead of being arrested and tried by the authorities, he was handed over to the victim's family and summarily killed.
Amnesty International has urged the Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against two human rights activists and a blogger whose trial is expected to conclude on Saturday.