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

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10 February 2012

A global day of action will be held in nearly 20 countries on 11 February in solidarity with protesters in the Middle East and North Africa.

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06 February 2012

A Palestinian detainee accused of links to Islamic Jihad is at risk of dying after more than 50 days on hungerstrike.

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04 February 2012

Russia and China have again vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Syria, the day after a military assault killed scores of civilians in Homs.

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01 February 2012

Russia is urged not to block the UN Security Council's efforts to end human rights violations in Syria.

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30 January 2012

Two women working for Iraq's vice-president have been arrested and are being held incommunicado.

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30 January 2012

Fadhila Mubarak's 18-month sentence for taking part in 2011's pro-reform demonstrations and listening to 'revolutionary' music has been upheld.

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25 January 2012

The 16 men received lengthy prison sentences after they tried to set up a human rights organization.

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23 January 2012

The mission’s observers have submitted a field report in which they are reported to have cited clear evidence of human rights violations.

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10 January 2012

The new law allows for people to be held without charge or trial for three or more years, and indefinitely if they are from 'hostile' countries.

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09 January 2012

Governments across the region were willing to deploy extreme violence in 2011 in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform.

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06 January 2012

An Arab League observer mission to Syria is due to report back on its preliminary findings on Sunday.

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06 January 2012

Police allegedly subjected 18 year old Hassan ‘Oun to beatings and threats of rape after his arrest in Manama this week.

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19 December 2011

Blogger and activist Zainab al-Khawaja's father and husband are both in prison in the aftermath of popular protests this year.

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01 December 2011

Saudi Arabian authorities have been using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to crack down on dissent.

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28 November 2011

A UN Commission of Inquiry's report has confirmed that Syrian security forces committed crimes against humanity in their crackdown on protesters.

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23 November 2011

The BICI report's recommendations must be used to lay the foundations of far-reaching rights reform in Bahrain.

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22 November 2011

Human rights violations at the hands of Egypt's interim military rulers in some cases exceed former President Hosni Mubarak's brutal record.

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21 November 2011

The BICI report's publication marks a key opportunity for Bahraini authorities to ensure justice for victims of abuses during this year's protests.

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14 November 2011

Alaa Abdel Fattah's detention has been extended by 15 days, raising fears he may face an unfair trial before a military court.

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04 November 2011

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.

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