Governments across the region were willing to deploy extreme violence in 2011 in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.
An Arab League observer mission to Syria is due to report back on its preliminary findings on Sunday.
Police allegedly subjected 18 year old Hassan ‘Oun to beatings and threats of rape after his arrest in Manama this week.
Blogger and activist Zainab al-Khawaja's father and husband are both in prison in the aftermath of popular protests this year.
Saudi Arabian authorities have been using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to crack down on dissent.
A UN Commission of Inquiry's report has confirmed that Syrian security forces committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters.
The BICI report's recommendations must be used to lay the foundations of far-reaching rights reform in Bahrain.
Human rights violations at the hands of Egypt's interim military rulers in some cases exceed former President Hosni Mubarak's brutal record.
The BICI report's publication marks a key opportunity for Bahraini authorities to ensure justice for victims of abuses during this year's protests.
Alaa Abdel Fattah's detention has been extended by 15 days, raising fears he may face an unfair trial before a military court.
Alaa Abdel Fattah to serve the rest of his 15-day detention because of his criticism of a bloody crackdown on protesters by security forces this month.
The trial of activists accused of "publicly insulting" top officials in an internet forum found to have been grossly unfair.
After more than five years in captivity, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released today in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
More than 30 security officials dragged Bahraini teacher and activist Jalila al-Salman from her home early this morning.
Iran must acknowledge current and past human rights abuses during UN committee hearing.
A Saudi Arabian human rights activist has been arrested and is at risk of torture and other human rights violations.
Maikel Nabil Sanad, a 26-year-old blogger, is due to face a second military trial over charges related to his writings.
Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad is at risk of dying on hunger strike in prison after a court delayed his appeal.
A video on Youtube shows Egyptian army and police officers beating and torturing detainees.
A military court in Bahrain is due to rule on the appeal of 14 opposition activists jailed for their alleged role in pro-reform protests.