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

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

11 May 2010

Muhannad al-Hassani, who has defended human rights and challenged the country's oppressive legal framework, is to receive the 2010 Martin Ennals Award.

11 May 2010

A series of suicide bombings and shootings by armed groups on Monday left over 100 people dead and 350 wounded.

11 May 2010

Egyptian authorities have rushed through parliament a two-year extension to emergency laws that have been used to crackdown on peaceful opposition protests.

11 May 2010

Amnesty International has urged Iran to release a filmmaker accused of criticizing the authorities and allow him to attend this week's Cannes Film Festival, where he has been invited as a member of the festival jury.

10 May 2010

Around 200 homes in Port Said's Zerzara slums may be demolished by the authorities, to improve access to a new housing development.

09 May 2010

Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to reveal how many Afghan nationals it is holding on death row amid reports 45 Afghans may have been executed in Iran in recent weeks.

06 May 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Yemeni authorities to end their crackdown on the media after one dissenting journalist was jailed and another arrested this week.

06 May 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release a human rights lawyer who was arrested after speaking out against the execution of one of his clients.

30 April 2010

Since last year's disputed presidential election, the authorities have intensified their long-standing suppression of the media.

30 April 2010

Government urged to conduct a retrial by a regular court of 26 men jailed by an emergency court for their alleged links to the Lebanese group.

28 April 2010

Under the new order, those considered "infiltrators" can be deported to other states or forcibly transferred to the Gaza Strip, and face criminal charges.

28 April 2010

Berlanty Azzam, a young Palestinian woman tells how, two months away from finishing her degree, she was handcuffed, blindfolded and forcibly transferred to Gaza.

23 April 2010

Amnesty International has condemned abuses and torture said to have been meted out to 17 Indian men facing the death penalty in the United Arab Emirates for the murder of a Pakistani national.

23 April 2010

The family of a Sudanese businessman thought to be held by security forces in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have told Amnesty International of their torment since his enforced disappearance more than two years ago.

20 April 2010

National Democratic Party (NDP) representative Hassan Nash'at el-Qassas is said to have called for force to be used against those calling for political reform.

19 April 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi authorities to investigate allegations that security forces tortured hundreds of Sunni detainees at a secret prison in Baghdad.

15 April 2010

The first two men to be officially executed since 2005 had  been convicted by military courts of charges of 'collaboration' with the Israeli military and involvement in murder.

15 April 2010

The writer was acquitted of charges of insulting the judicial authorities, after more than four months in detention.

15 April 2010

The authorities have been urged to allow peaceful protests after police violently repressed another anti-government demonstration in Cairo this week.

13 April 2010

An appeal court is to decide whether to overturn a landmark ruling allowing the children of Samira Soueidan to obtain Lebanese nationality.

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