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The state of the world's human rights

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27 June 2011

The head of Egypt’s military intelligence has promised that the army will no longer carry out forced ‘virginity tests’, after defending their use

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22 June 2011

A Bahraini military court has handed down life sentences to prominent Shia opposition activists who were involved in protests.

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21 June 2011

Protesters detained after calling for reform in Syria remain in detention despite two government "general amnesties".

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14 June 2011

Dozens of people linked to pro-reform protests in Bahrain earlier this year are facing unfair trials at a special military court set up during a state of emergency.

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12 June 2011

A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a woman activist to a year in prison after she read out a poem criticizing the government.

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10 June 2011

New reports of child protesters being tortured and killed in Syria raise concerns about the treatment of those still in detention.

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07 June 2011

Doctors and nurses facing trial before a military court in Bahrain have made fresh claims of being tortured in detention. 

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06 June 2011

At least 120 people have reportedly been shot dead in Syria, as the UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution on the country.

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02 June 2011

The Syrian government must release prisoners of conscience and take concrete steps  to stop grave abuses by security forces.

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01 June 2011

Authorities urged to uphold and protect the right of Iraqis to engage in peaceful protests following the arrest of 15 pro-reform activists.

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31 May 2011

A senior Egyptian general has admitted female protesters were forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’, which the government has previously denied. 

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26 May 2011

Amnesty International obtains video footage that shows Syrian security forces shooting and beating protesters and raiding a mosque.

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24 May 2011

A Syrian student's account of the security forces' mass arrest and torture of Banias residents after pro-reform protests.

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13 May 2011

Amnesty International's annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.

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13 May 2011

A Tehran court ordered that a man be blinded with acid as "retribution in kind" for an acid attack he carried out

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06 May 2011

Syrian human rights activists have gone into hiding, fearing for their lives and liberty amid a crackdown on pro-reform protests

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03 May 2011

Freed Syrian detainees tell about torture and ill-treatment in custody following pro-reform protests.

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19 April 2011

At least 90 people have been injured in confrontations between security forces and protesters.

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12 April 2011

Reports of torture and death in custody raise alarm over Bahrain's treatment of more than 400 anti-government protesters.

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28 March 2011

Libyan authorities must investigate Eman al-Obeidi's rape allegations, reveal her whereabouts and guarantee her safety

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