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

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16 July 2012

Forcing a stateless man born in the UAE to choose between indefinite detention there or exile in Thailand heralds a further decline in the UAE’s human rights situation.

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13 July 2012

Authorities urged to allow the community of stateless individuals known as Bidun to exercise their rights in line with international standards

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12 July 2012

Authorities urged to allow people to exercise their right to freedom of expression after an opposition group rally is banned.

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11 July 2012

Prominent human rights activist and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab receives three-month prison sentence on charges of libel.

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11 July 2012

Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand has been on hunger strike since 26 May in protest at being denied permission to visit his sick son in hospital.

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09 July 2012

At least three people were killed and one left on a life-support machine when security forces opened fire on a peaceful demonstration in the city of Aden.

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04 July 2012

An investigation into Palestinian police violence against peaceful protesters must be independent and transparent, with those responsible brought to justice.

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18 June 2012

A number of key Saudi Arabian human rights activists have been put on trial, signalling a growing crackdown on their work.

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15 June 2012

A string of arrests of activists in the Oman constitutes an attack on freedom of expression and assembly.

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14 June 2012

Bahrain's High Criminal Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of nine health professionals tried for their role in anti-government protests last year.

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14 June 2012

The Justice Ministry's decision to extend the military's power to arrest and investigate civilians paves the way for fresh human rights violations.

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13 June 2012

Bahrain's High Criminal Court of Appeal is due to rule on the appeal of 20 health professionals charged in relation to last year's protests.

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07 June 2012

A court in Kuwait convicted a man to 10 years in prison for messages posted on Twitter that were deemed "insulting" to heads of state and religious figures.

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06 June 2012

A new Amnesty International report calls on Israel to stop using detention without charge or trial against activists from the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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02 June 2012

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in the killing of protesters last year.

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01 June 2012

Egypt's state of emergency has ended and the authorities must now combat the systemic abuses the measure facilitated.

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29 May 2012

An exiled member of the Syrian Non Violence Movement calls for increased international pressure to end human rights abuses in Syria.

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29 May 2012

Despite the release on bail of a prominent Bahraini human rights defender, many prisoners of conscience remain behind bars.

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24 May 2012

Amnesty International releases its flagship yearly report documenting the state of the world's human rights.

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17 May 2012

Journalist Salameh Kaileh describes his torture in a Syrian prison and hospital before he was deported to Jordan.

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