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

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19 March 2014

Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination. 

 

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03 March 2014

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must immediately quash the conviction of a Qatari medical doctor who has been sentenced to seven years in jail today after a grossly unfair trial, said Amnesty International. 

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25 February 2014

Egypt’s armed forces must end the military trial of two journalists, release them immediately and unconditionally, and drop all charges against them, Amnesty International said as it named both men prisoners of conscience. 

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18 February 2014

A Bahraini activist recently released from prison has told Amnesty International she fears she may be rearrested when she attends court this week to face further spurious charges. 

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13 February 2014

There are fears that the Bahraini authorities may use violence to quash planned demonstrations on 14 February, said Amnesty International, when thousands are expected to mark the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

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03 February 2014

A new counter-terrorism law in Saudi Arabia will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations and serve as a further tool to suppress peaceful political dissent, Amnesty International said after analysing the legislation. 

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23 January 2014

The Egyptian authorities are using every resource at their disposal to quash dissent and trample on human rights, three years after the start of the “25 January Revolution”.

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22 January 2014

Writer and political commentator Jamal al-Hajji sentenced to eight months for remarks made about prominent political figures on television.

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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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