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

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20 February 2013

The Yemeni authorities must end the routine violent repression of freedom of assembly by its security forces, Amnesty International said ahead of mass demonstrations planned in the south of the country.

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14 February 2013

Prisoners of conscience remain behind bars and activists continue to be jailed just for expressing their views, two years on from Bahrain's 2011 protests

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12 February 2013

A temporary ban on YouTube imposed in Egypt over an anti-Islamic video sends "a dangerous message of intolerance", Amnesty International has said.

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06 February 2013

Military forces in the Yemeni capital Sana’a must not use unlawful force against dozens of injured protesters.

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30 January 2013

Journalists arrested in the past few days are accused of cooperating with "anti-revolutionary" Persian-language media organizations outside Iran.

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28 January 2013

Iran must release all journalists being held solely for carrying out their legitimate work, Amnesty International urged after more than a dozen reporters were arrested amid newspaper raids.

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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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