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

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30 August 2013

A day ahead of planned country-wide protests across Iraq, Amnesty International calls on the authorities to protect protesters’ rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

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20 August 2013

The trial of five peaceful activists in Syria on “terrorism” charges tomorrow is further evidence of the increasing and systematic repression against anyone speaking out against human rights violations in the country.

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13 August 2013

Amnesty International fears that new legislation introduced last week will be used to legitimize the use of force to quash peaceful protests in Bahrain.

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07 August 2013

Two new emergency decrees issued by the King of Bahrain last night, which include the banning of all protests, are a further shameful attempt to ban any form of dissent and freedom of expression.

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31 July 2013

The Israeli authorities must not use excessive force on demonstrators planning to protest against a plan to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Arab Bedouins from their homes in southern Israel.

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29 July 2013

Today’s decision by a Tunisian court to dismiss a defamation case against the 18-year-old FEMEN activist Amina Sboui is only a partial victory, Amnesty International said as it called for her release.

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25 July 2013

Security forces must do more to protect protesters from violent attack and avoid the use of excessive force against peaceful gatherings, Amnesty International said as Egypt braces for major rival political rallies on Friday.

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05 July 2013

The last two days have seen a new wave of arrests, raids on media and an incident in which a protester was killed by army live fire.

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03 July 2013

Egyptian police and security forces are failing to protect protesters and bystanders from violence amid the country’s political strife.

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28 June 2013

Mass protests against President Morsi are expected to mark his first anniversary in office, and clashes with his supporters are feared.

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17 June 2013

In an action targeting King Abdullah, Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally a website founder still detained and on trial one year after his arrest for expressing views online.

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14 June 2013

Two politicians in Libya are due to appear in court, and face the death penalty, after publishing a cartoon on women’s rights deemed to be offensive to Islam.

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13 June 2013

Yesterday’s prison sentences against three FEMEN activists in Tunisia are an unacceptable restriction on freedom of expression.

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12 June 2013

Iran’s authorities have intensified the clampdown on dissidents ahead of the country’s presidential election on 14 June, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.

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11 June 2013

Criminal “defamation of religion” charges must be dropped in a number of cases across Egypt, Amnesty International said today after a teacher was convicted for insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in the classroom.

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05 June 2013

Egypt’s authorities must overturn the conviction of 43 people for working at unregistered non-governmental organizations in Egypt and receiving illegal foreign funding

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31 May 2013

A 19-year-old Tunisian activist for the FEMEN network is facing further accusations after having been convicted and fined for the possession of a self-defence spray.

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28 May 2013

Today’s court appeal by two members of a prominent Saudi Arabian human rights organization is a bid for justice amid a broader crackdown on activism in the Gulf kingdom.

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28 May 2013

The trial of a blogger before a military court in Tunisia after he peacefully expressed his opinion on the internet is worrying evidence of the state of freedom of expression in the country.

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24 May 2013

“The tragedy is not only inside, but also outside Syria,” says a London-based Syrian human rights activist.

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