Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

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09 March 2012

A year after a planned "Day of Rage" demonstration in Riyadh, at least six men are languishing in jail for their involvement in the event.

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09 March 2012

The trial of an Egyptian military doctor accused of conducting forced “virginity tests” on a woman protester will show if female victims of violence by the army will receive any redress.

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06 March 2012

On International Women's Day, Amnesty International supports the courageous women fighting for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

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05 March 2012

Iranian authorities are urged to overturn an 18-year jail sentenced for a prominent human rights lawyer and prisoner of conscience.

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28 February 2012

A Libyan militia has unlawfully detained two British journalists and their Libyan colleagues in Tripoli.

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21 February 2012

Amnesty International has urged Israel to release Khader Adnan immediately to allow him to receive urgent medical treatment.

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16 February 2012

A group of 14 Syrian activists was arrested during a raid on Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expressionin Damascus.

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13 February 2012

A year after pro-reform protests began in Bahrain, the government is far from delivering human rights change.

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10 February 2012

A global day of action will be held in nearly 20 countries on 11 February in solidarity with protesters in the Middle East and North Africa.

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06 February 2012

A Palestinian detainee accused of links to Islamic Jihad is at risk of dying after more than 50 days on hungerstrike.

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04 February 2012

Russia and China have again vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria, the day after a military assault killed scores of civilians in Homs.

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01 February 2012

Russia is urged not to block the UN Security Council's efforts to end human rights violations in Syria.

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30 January 2012

Two women working for Iraq's vice-president have been arrested and are being held incommunicado.

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30 January 2012

Fadhila Mubarak's 18-month sentence for taking part in 2011's pro-reform demonstrations and listening to 'revolutionary' music has been upheld.

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25 January 2012

The 16 men received lengthy prison sentences after they tried to set up a human rights organization.

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23 January 2012

The mission’s observers have submitted a field report in which they are reported to have cited clear evidence of human rights violations.

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10 January 2012

The new law allows for people to be held without charge or trial for three or more years, and indefinitely if they are from 'hostile' countries.

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09 January 2012

Governments across the region were willing to deploy extreme violence in 2011 in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.

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06 January 2012

An Arab League observer mission to Syria is due to report back on its preliminary findings on Sunday.

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06 January 2012

Police allegedly subjected 18 year old Hassan ‘Oun to beatings and threats of rape after his arrest in Manama this week.

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