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The state of the world's human rights

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27 April 2012

Concern is growing for three human rights defenders being held at a military base near Damascus, amid reports they may be facing ongoing torture.

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23 April 2012

A Bahrain court has further postponed the appeals trial of prominent opposition activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike for 75 days.

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17 April 2012

Legislators in Kuwait are due to vote on draft legislation that would make blasphemy a crime punishable by death.

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17 April 2012

A new report reveals how Bahrain's piecemeal reforms have failed to provide justice for victims of human rights violations.

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13 April 2012

Women in Tehran are facing jail sentences for campaigning against decades of human rights violations.

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13 April 2012

The Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent human rights activist who is reported to have been on hunger strike for five weeks in protest at his continuing unfair imprisonment, Amnesty International said.

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12 April 2012

Authorities urged to act to prevent a repetition of the widespread human rights abuses that took place under former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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10 April 2012

A Bahraini prisoner of conscience's health has seriously deteriorated while on hunger strike in prison after anti-government protests last year.

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03 April 2012

Some 13 school pupils have been beaten and verbally abused before being arrested by men in plain clothes in the town of Daraya.

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03 April 2012

At least 13 people remain in custody in the wake of the weekend protests against the detention of half a dozen pro-reform activists.

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29 March 2012

A leading human rights defender in Bahrain detained for taking part in protests is at risk of death after 50 days on hunger strike.

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09 March 2012

A year after a planned "Day of Rage" demonstration in Riyadh, at least six men are languishing in jail for their involvement in the event.

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06 March 2012

On International Women's Day, Amnesty International supports the courageous women fighting for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

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05 March 2012

Iranian authorities are urged to overturn an 18-year jail sentenced for a prominent human rights lawyer and prisoner of conscience.

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01 March 2012

Egypt has lifted a travel ban on some, but not all, foreign nationals targeted in a crackdown on NGO workers.

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22 February 2012

Saudi Arabian authorities are using a Riyadh court established to fight terrorism to try peaceful protesters.

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17 February 2012

Iran is urged to free a prisoner of conscience held at Tehran's Evin Prison so he can visit his ailing son.

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16 February 2012

A group of 14 Syrian activists was arrested during a raid on Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expressionin Damascus.

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13 February 2012

A year after pro-reform protests began in Bahrain, the government is far from delivering human rights change.

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13 February 2012

Iran has mounted a crackdown on opposition protesters ahead of a Green Movement rally on 14 February.

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