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

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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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08 November 2012

At least 14 people have been killed in connection with protests in the Eastern Province since last November.

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07 November 2012

A Palestinian activist jailed for protesting against Israeli settlements in the West Bank must be released, Amnesty International has urged.

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02 November 2012

Wa’ed Tamimi, 16-year-old son of Bassem Tamimi was arrested at a demonstration in the village of al-Nabi Saleh on Friday.

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01 November 2012

The Kuwaiti authorities must drop charges against Musallam al-Barrak, who faces prosecution for making remarks deemed to undermine the Amir of Kuwait, Amnesty International said.

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01 November 2012

Nine women held in Tehran's Evin prison have started a hunger strike in protest at ill-treatment by prison guards.

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01 November 2012

Bassem Tamimi faces a further prison term for his involvement in non-violent protests against the encroachment of Israeli settlers onto Palestinian land.

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30 October 2012

The Tunisian authorities must quash the convictions of two journalists amid concerns they have been punished for criticizing the government, Amnesty International said.

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30 October 2012

Announced today, the ban on all gatherings and rallies violates the right to freedom of expression and assembly.

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29 October 2012

A poet facing a secret trial in Qatar after being detained since last year is a possible prisoner of conscience.

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25 October 2012

All peaceful activists and other prisoners of conscience detained in Syria must be set free after a mass amnesty was granted ahead of the Eid al-Adha religious festival.

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23 October 2012

Progress on human rights in Tunisia that followed the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is being rolled back by the current Tunisian Government.

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19 October 2012

Bahrain must quash convictions and sentences against two former teachers' union leaders ahead of the final verdict in their trial this weekend.

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16 October 2012

The Saudi Arabian authorities must withdraw their threat to deal “firmly” with people taking part in demonstrations and stop detaining peaceful protesters.

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16 October 2012

Alber Saber Ayad could receive a six-year prison sentence if he is convicted of "defamation of religion".

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