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

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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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15 February 2012

Hundreds have been killed and injured amid the Syrian army's continued shelling of civilian neighbourhoods in Homs.

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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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13 February 2012

Iran has mounted a crackdown on opposition protesters ahead of a Green Movement rally on 14 February.

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13 February 2012

Talks are under way at the UN to agree a comprehensive treaty to regulate the global arms trade, due to be finalized later this year.

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11 February 2012

Amnesty International led rallies in cities across the world as a Global Day of Action in solidarity with the protesters of the Middle East and North Africa.

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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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08 February 2012

Amnesty International has called on Russia to make it clear to the Syrian government that the assault on the city of Homs must end immediately.

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07 February 2012

The Egyptian authorities are using a Mubarak-era law to prosecute civil society.

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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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02 February 2012

A run-down of the human rights situation in Yemen one year after pro-reform protests began.

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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

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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26 January 2012

The Bahraini authorities must investigate reports of more than a dozen deaths following the security forces' use of tear gas.

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24 January 2012

Most of Egypt's political parties have pledged human rights change, but have been ambiguous on some issues including women's rights.

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24 January 2012

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil has been released after ten months in prison for criticizing the military's use of force.

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24 January 2012

Military rulers urged to uphold the right to peaceful assembly during protests marking the first anniversary of the Egyptian uprising.

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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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19 January 2012

Court confirms death penalty for Saeed Malekpour sentenced after his web program was used to post pornographic images without his knowledge.

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13 January 2012

Some progress has been made on human rights in Tunisia a year after the fall of President Ben Ali, but for many Tunisians the pace of change has been too slow.

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