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Ja'far Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei had been convicted of 'enmity against God', 'propaganda against the system' and having contacts with a banned opposition group.
New caretaker government frees some of those detained during the rule of the country's recently ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
A Yemeni journalist jailed for his purported links to al-Qa’ida appears to have been targeted for his work uncovering information on US complicity in attacks in Yemen, Amnesty International has said.
Amnesty international has condemned the death sentence imposed on a man found guilty of sectarian killings in Egypt and called on the authorities there to stop circumventing the criminal justice system by using emergency courts.
Amnesty International calls on the Yemeni authorities to halt the execution of a man facing the death penalty for a murder he is alleged to have committed when he was under 18 years old.
Amnesty International has reiterated its call on the Tunisian authorities to respect human rights amid a renewed wave of anti-government protests across the country today.
The Tunisian authorities must either release or promptly charge two men arrested after one of them gave media interviews about ongoing protests.
Amnesty International has urged the Iraqi authorities to prevent the forcible return to Iran of several members of the Ahwazi Arab minority amid fears that they would be at serious risk of torture.
Mohammad Ghazzai al-Mutairi, who had been arrested apparently for possessing alcohol, is alleged to have died as a result of police torture.
The Tunisian authorities must rescind permissions to "shoot on sight", as the President leaves the country amid a state of emergency.
The Egyptian authorities must stop the harassment and intimidation of the family of a man allegedly tortured to death in detention following a January church bombing.
Amnesty International warns against further arrests after President Ben Ali's speech on national television about the ongoing nationwide demonstrations.
Amnesty International has condemned an Israeli court extension of the prison sentence of a Palestinian activist, convicted for peaceful protesting in the occupied West Bank.
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari were sentenced on charges relating to their human rights work after the country's disputed 2009 presidential elections.
Amnesty International has urged the Tunisian authorities to ensure the safety of anti-government protesters after security forces reportedly killed at least 23 people in protests over the weekend, amid reports of further deaths on Monday.
At least two people have been killed in an ongoing crackdown by the authorities on a wave of protests sparked by the attempted suicide of a young fruit seller who later died of his injuries.
Qusay 'Abdel-Razaq Zabib was detained for over two years because he was suspected of having links to armed groups.
Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of a Kurdish law student, scheduled for 26 December, and to commute his death sentence.
Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi authorities to free a police officer, initially detained because he was suspected of having links to armed groups, who has been held for over a month after an order for his release was made.
Amnesty International condemns the execution of those accused of links to the bomb attack in Chabahar that killed more than 39 people last week.