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The verdict has sent out shock waves among activists in Qatar and the Gulf region, who say that the sentence feels like a threat to them all.
Some are beginning to talk of a second uprising, a “November revolution”.
Some 15 men are being held following their arrest in Riyadh during a peaceful protest at the continued detention and ill-treatment of relatives.
Bahrain is facing a stark choice between the rule of law, or sliding into a downward spiral of repression and instability.
Both sides have been violating international humanitarian law, according to information gathered by the UN, local human rights organizations and Amnesty International.
Graffiti became increasingly popular after Egypt's “25 January Revolution” and colourful murals began to appear across Cairo, with Mohamed Mahmoud Street at the centre of the activity.
Undocumented foreign nationals in Libya are at risk of exploitation, arbitrary and indefinite detention, as well as beatings, sometimes amounting to torture.
At least 14 people have been killed in connection with protests in the Eastern Province since last November.
The Bahraini authorities have stripped 31 opposition figures of their Bahraini nationality in a move described by Amnesty International as “frightening and chilling”.
A Palestinian activist jailed for protesting against Israeli settlements in the West Bank must be released, Amnesty International has urged.
Wa’ed Tamimi, 16-year-old son of Bassem Tamimi was arrested at a demonstration in the village of al-Nabi Saleh on Friday.
The Kuwaiti authorities must drop charges against Musallam al-Barrak, who faces prosecution for making remarks deemed to undermine the Amir of Kuwait, Amnesty International said.
Bassem Tamimi faces a further prison term for his involvement in non-violent protests against the encroachment of Israeli settlers onto Palestinian land.
Nine women held in Tehran's Evin prison have started a hunger strike in protest at ill-treatment by prison guards.
Iran's judiciary and prison authorities should end mistreatment of prisoners of conscience, including prominent rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
The Tunisian authorities must quash the convictions of two journalists amid concerns they have been punished for criticizing the government, Amnesty International said.
Announced today, the ban on all gatherings and rallies violates the right to freedom of expression and assembly.
A poet facing a secret trial in Qatar after being detained since last year is a possible prisoner of conscience.
All peaceful activists and other prisoners of conscience detained in Syria must be set free after a mass amnesty was granted ahead of the Eid al-Adha religious festival.
The human rights crisis in Syria is a major test for the EU in its own neighbourhood. It must act decisively to assist refugees.