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

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25 January 2013

Iraq must immediately investigate the killings of protesters in Fallujah in accordance with international standards. 

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24 January 2013

Egypt must ensure the deaths of hundreds of protesters since early 2011 are independently and effectively investigated if it wants to move beyond the abuses that defined the Mubarak era.

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24 January 2013

A former Saudi Arabian diplomat who was due to be deported from Qatar to his native country was able to travel to Morocco after receiving support from Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee.

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22 January 2013

Oussama Bouajila and Chahine Berrich from an anti-poverty street art group were charged after they were caught writing slogans in support of the poor.

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15 January 2013

Six jailed reformists in Saudi Arabia must be released immediately and unconditionally after they were offered a royal “pardon” on the condition they sign pledges renouncing their public activism.

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08 January 2013

At least 11 women are still believed to be in detention in Saudi Arabia after being detained at a protest on 5 January.

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07 January 2013

A military appeal court in Tunisia has upheld the conviction on defamation charges of a former presidential adviser and handed him an even harsher punishment.

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04 January 2013

Taher Belabès faces 'incitement' charges after a youth unemployment protest in the southern oil town of Ouargla.

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24 December 2012

An online activist in Saudi Arabia faces the death penalty over apostasy charges in a trial being used to stifle political and social debate.

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19 December 2012

The detention of a 16-year-old Bahraini boy in an adult prison has been extended for a further week despite the Bahraini authorities’ failure to bring any charges against him.

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13 December 2012

Instead of delivering justice and an impartial investigation into a blogger's death in custody, Iranian authorities have been intimidating his family members.

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12 December 2012

An Egyptian activist has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of “defamation of religion”.

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11 December 2012

Bahrain urged to release a prominent human rights defender whose conviction for involvement in anti-government protests has been upheld.

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06 December 2012

Dozens of student activists kept behind bars in Iran, some since 2009, must be freed immediately and unconditionally to mark National Student Day. 

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06 December 2012

An Omani appeals court has upheld convictions against five men and a woman in what Amnesty International said is part of an ongoing assault on freedom of expression.

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29 November 2012

The verdict has sent out shock waves among activists in Qatar and the Gulf region, who say that the sentence feels like a threat to them all. 

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29 November 2012

Some are beginning to talk of a second uprising, a “November revolution”.

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28 November 2012

Some 15 men are being held following their arrest in Riyadh during a peaceful protest at the continued detention and ill-treatment of relatives.

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21 November 2012

Bahrain is facing a stark choice between the rule of law, or sliding into a downward spiral of repression and instability.

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18 November 2012

Graffiti became increasingly popular after Egypt's “25 January Revolution” and colourful murals began to appear across Cairo, with Mohamed Mahmoud Street at the centre of the activity.

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