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27 July 2011

Amnesty International calls on Bahrain to release two people held for leading a teachers' strike amid wide-scale protests earlier this year.

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26 July 2011

Released after five years in prison, prominent human rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni is finally being acknowledged by fellow Syrians.

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25 July 2011

Amnesty International's website has been blocked inside Saudi Arabia after the organization published criticism of a draft "anti-terror" law.

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22 July 2011

A draft law in Saudi Arabia poses a serious threat to freedom of expression and peaceful dissent in the name of preventing terrorism.

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19 July 2011

Thirteen-year-old Thabet al-Hajlaoui was reportedly killed after security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the town of Sidi Bouzid.

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04 July 2011

Two women remain in detention in Riyadh after being arrested along with others who demanded fair trials for imprisoned relatives.

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27 June 2011

The head of Egypt’s military intelligence has promised that the army will no longer carry out forced ‘virginity tests’, after defending their use

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22 June 2011

A Bahraini military court has handed down life sentences to prominent Shia opposition activists who were involved in protests.

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21 June 2011

Protesters detained after calling for reform in Syria remain in detention despite two government "general amnesties".

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14 June 2011

Dozens of people linked to pro-reform protests in Bahrain earlier this year are facing unfair trials at a special military court set up during a state of emergency.

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12 June 2011

A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a woman activist to a year in prison after she read out a poem criticizing the government.

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10 June 2011

New reports of child protesters being tortured and killed in Syria raise concerns about the treatment of those still in detention.

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07 June 2011

Doctors and nurses facing trial before a military court in Bahrain have made fresh claims of being tortured in detention. 

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06 June 2011

At least 120 people have reportedly been shot dead in Syria, as the UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution on the country.

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02 June 2011

The Syrian government must release prisoners of conscience and take concrete steps  to stop grave abuses by security forces.

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01 June 2011

Authorities urged to uphold and protect the right of Iraqis to engage in peaceful protests following the arrest of 15 pro-reform activists.

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31 May 2011

A senior Egyptian general has admitted female protesters were forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’, which the government has previously denied. 

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26 May 2011

Amnesty International obtains video footage that shows Syrian security forces shooting and beating protesters and raiding a mosque.

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24 May 2011

A Syrian student's account of the security forces' mass arrest and torture of Banias residents after pro-reform protests.

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13 May 2011

Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.

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