from Middle east and north africa
Two years after thousands of people took to the streets of Rabat, Casablanca and other cities in Morocco calling for reform, repression of protests in Morocco remains routine.
Despite allegations of torture, life sentences handed out to civilians tried over clashes at a Sahrawi protest camp in 2010.
Prisoners of conscience remain behind bars and activists continue to be jailed just for expressing their views, two years on from Bahrain's 2011 protests
Authorities in Yemen “played deaf” to last-ditch calls to save a prisoner who was executed on Wednesday, Amnesty International has said.
A temporary ban on YouTube imposed in Egypt over an anti-Islamic video sends "a dangerous message of intolerance", Amnesty International has said.
Two years since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, frustrations in Egypt are growing at the slow pace of reform and ongoing abuses committed by police and other security forces.
Ten people have been executed since the start of the year including, controversially, one man who had been tried twice for the same crime.
Letting perpetrators in Egypt get away with sexual harassment and assault has fuelled violent attacks against women in the vicinity of Tahrir Square.
Military forces in the Yemeni capital Sana’a must not use unlawful force against dozens of injured protesters.
The killing today of Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid, outside his home must prompt a thorough, independent and impartial investigation by the Tunisian authorities.
All 24 facing charges relating to violence during the dismantling of a protest camp must be tried before a civilian court.
Despair and hopelessness pervade in a Yemeni prison where scores of children are on hunger strike to protest at their conditions and about a fellow inmate's recent death sentence.
Journalists arrested in the past few days are accused of cooperating with "anti-revolutionary" Persian-language media organizations outside Iran.
Iran must release all journalists being held solely for carrying out their legitimate work, Amnesty International urged after more than a dozen reporters were arrested amid newspaper raids.
Iraq must immediately investigate the killings of protesters in Fallujah in accordance with international standards.
Egypt must ensure the deaths of hundreds of protesters since early 2011 are independently and effectively investigated if it wants to move beyond the abuses that defined the Mubarak era.
A former Saudi Arabian diplomat who was due to be deported from Qatar to his native country was able to travel to Morocco after receiving support from Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee.
Oussama Bouajila and Chahine Berrich from an anti-poverty street art group were charged after they were caught writing slogans in support of the poor.
Amnesty International has documented a series of cases of Sudanese activists living in Egypt who have faced harassment and attacks, reportedly at the hands of the Sudanese authorities.
Ali Naderi put to death for a crime he allegedly committed while 17 years old.