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The state of the world's human rights

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08 August 2012

The latest arrests of journalists and activists in Tunisia have increased concerns that human rights in the country are at risk of being restricted, Amnesty International has warned

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08 August 2012

The conviction of a dozen more Omani activists on protest-related charges is a further sign of the growing intolerance of dissent in the country.

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01 August 2012

A new Amnesty International report says the assault by state forces on Aleppo is the culmination of months of a brutal crackdown on dissident voices.

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31 July 2012

At least 35 activists are believed to have been detained since 16 July and are thought to be at risk of torture.

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23 July 2012

Amnesty International urges Bahrain to release all prisoners of conscience ahead of appeals in prominent cases.

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18 July 2012

The UAE authorities must release activists and human rights defenders arrested amid an intensified crackdown.

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17 July 2012

More than 20 Omani activists face prison terms after being charged with offences linked to the exercise of their freedom of expression and assembly.

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16 July 2012

Forcing a stateless man born in the UAE to choose between indefinite detention there or exile in Thailand heralds a further decline in the UAE’s human rights situation.

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13 July 2012

Authorities urged to allow the community of stateless individuals known as Bidun to exercise their rights in line with international standards

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12 July 2012

Authorities urged to allow people to exercise their right to freedom of expression after an opposition group rally is banned.

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11 July 2012

Prominent human rights activist and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab receives three-month prison sentence on charges of libel.

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11 July 2012

Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand has been on hunger strike since 26 May in protest at being denied permission to visit his sick son in hospital.

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09 July 2012

At least three people were killed and one left on a life-support machine when security forces opened fire on a peaceful demonstration in the city of Aden.

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04 July 2012

An investigation into Palestinian police violence against peaceful protesters must be independent and transparent, with those responsible brought to justice.

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18 June 2012

A number of key Saudi Arabian human rights activists have been put on trial, signalling a growing crackdown on their work.

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15 June 2012

A string of arrests of activists in the Oman constitutes an attack on freedom of expression and assembly.

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14 June 2012

Bahrain's High Criminal Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of nine health professionals tried for their role in anti-government protests last year.

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14 June 2012

The Justice Ministry's decision to extend the military's power to arrest and investigate civilians paves the way for fresh human rights violations.

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13 June 2012

Bahrain's High Criminal Court of Appeal is due to rule on the appeal of 20 health professionals charged in relation to last year's protests.

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07 June 2012

A court in Kuwait convicted a man to 10 years in prison for messages posted on Twitter that were deemed "insulting" to heads of state and religious figures.

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