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

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21 January 2014

A new report based on documents and images smuggled out of the country says that 11,000 people have been tortured and killed while in detention.

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20 January 2014

Twenty Egyptians and 10 UAE nationals charged with setting up an “international” branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are at risk of being wrongfully convicted.

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03 January 2014

Three prominent activists are facing trial in an apparently politically motivated case based on unreliable witnesses and scant evidence, said Amnesty International ahead of a court verdict due this Sunday.

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19 December 2013

Torture, flogging, and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by ISIS, an armed group that controls large areas of northern Syria.

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16 December 2013

Soon after the popular uprising began in Bahrain in 2011, 13 opposition leaders were arrested. Their ‘crime’ was expressing their opinions peacefully: calling for democracy, an end to corruption, opposing the monarchy.

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16 December 2013

Children are being routinely detained, ill-treated and tortured in Bahrain, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today.

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09 December 2013

Libya’s authorities must urgently investigate the death of a soldier who was tortured to death last week following 10 hours of interrogation by his own army unit, said Amnesty International.

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04 December 2013

Canadian-Iranian businessman Hamid Ghassemi-Shall still struggles to shake off the memories of his time in Evin Prison in Iran, where his brother died.

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03 December 2013

Israeli lawmakers must reject proposed amendments to the country’s Prevention of Infiltration Law, which would allow thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants to be held indefinitely in a remote detention centre.

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29 November 2013

Yemen must ensure security forces refrain from using excessive force during protests planned this Saturday or risk further bloodshed.

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28 November 2013

The conviction and imprisonment of 21 female protesters, after they participated in a peaceful pro-Morsi demonstration shows the Egyptian authorities’ determination to punish dissent.

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22 October 2013

The Libyan authorities must urgently find a durable solution to end the continued forcible displacement of tens of thousands of Tawarghas and other communities during the 2011 armed conflict.

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21 October 2013

Saudi Arabia has failed on every count to live up to its promises to address the dire human rights situation in the country.

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17 October 2013

The Egyptian authorities must end their appalling policy of unlawfully detaining and forcibly returning hundreds of refugees who have fled the armed conflict in Syria.

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11 October 2013

Today’s shipwreck off the coast of Alexandria that drowned at least 12 people, many believed to be refugees from Syria, highlights the crushing life-and-death decisions facing many who fled to Egypt to escape Syria’s armed conflict.

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02 October 2013

It’s been a year since Khalil Ma’touq disappeared. The eminent human rights lawyer and his colleague Mohammed Thatha are being held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance - where they are at risk of torture or even death. 

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30 September 2013

Allegations the Bahraini authorities used electric shocks and other torture methods to extract confessions from members of a group of 50 Shi’a activists are just one factor making their trial and convictions unfair.

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27 September 2013

An Egyptian journalist facing an unfair military trial over his coverage of events in Sinai must be immediately and unconditionally released, said Amnesty International ahead of a hearing in his case on Sunday.

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23 September 2013

Palestinian Authority police and security forces in the occupied West Bank must cease using unnecessary and excessive force against demonstrators, and must be held accountable when they commit human rights violations.

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18 September 2013

The Libyan authorities should immediately hand Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and former intelligence chief Abdallah al-Senussi to the International Criminal Court.

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