Amnesty International has urged the Bahraini authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting of an anti-government protester in disputed circumstances.
Amnesty International has called on the Kuwaiti government to release a blogger and journalist who has gone on hunger strike in protest at his detention on charges of defamation.
Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel currently in detention, has been charged with "contact with a foreign agent" on the basis of "secret evidence".
The four Kurdish political activists and an Iranian man were all convicted of "moharebeh" (enmity against God).
Muhannad al-Hassani, who has defended human rights and challenged the country's oppressive legal framework, is to receive the 2010 Martin Ennals Award.
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.
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.
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.
Since last year's disputed presidential election, the authorities have intensified their long-standing suppression of the media.
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.
The authorities have been urged to allow peaceful protests after police violently repressed another anti-government demonstration in Cairo this week.
Hunger strikers protesting against their detention without trial are among those who have faced intimidation after visiting refugee camps in Algeria.
More than 90 people were detained in Cairo for taking part in demonstrations calling for political reform on Tuesday.
The authorities have effectively barred two human rights organizations from presenting their reports on the harassment of former political prisoners to the media.
It is not known why 'Abed al-Hafith 'Abed al-Rahman is being detained or whether any charges have been brought against him.
Amnesty International has called on the Tunisian President to end the daily harassment of former political prisoners ahead of the country's national independence day.
Amnesty International has welcomed the release of an Iranian football journalist who was detained for publishing posters supporting an Iranian-Azerbaijani football team.
Amnesty International has called for the Egyptian authorities to release a blogger and prisoner of conscience who published a post alleging nepotism within the armed forces.
Hengameh Shahidi began a six-year sentence last week, for charges relating to her political work in the wake of last year's disputed presidential election.