A group of 14 Syrian activists was arrested during a raid on Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expressionin Damascus.
A year after pro-reform protests began in Bahrain, the government is far from delivering human rights change.
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.
A Palestinian detainee accused of links to Islamic Jihad is at risk of dying after more than 50 days on hungerstrike.
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.
Russia is urged not to block the UN Security Council's efforts to end human rights violations in Syria.
Two women working for Iraq's vice-president have been arrested and are being held incommunicado.
Fadhila Mubarak's 18-month sentence for taking part in 2011's pro-reform demonstrations and listening to 'revolutionary' music has been upheld.
The 16 men received lengthy prison sentences after they tried to set up a human rights organization.
The mission’s observers have submitted a field report in which they are reported to have cited clear evidence of human rights violations.
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.
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.