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

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14 August 2014

The outrageous eight year prison sentence against a Shi’a cleric in Saudi Arabia for criticizing its leaders is the latest example of a disturbing pattern of harassment and discrimination against the country’s Shi’a community.

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12 August 2014

As news breaks that three judges have recused themselves from a mass court case in Egypt, Amnesty International remains concerned that show trials followed by mass death sentences are becoming a grim trade mark of Egyptian justice. 

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01 August 2014

A sharp rise in arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment of independent journalists in Iran signals the authorities’ utter determination to crush hopes for increased freedom heralded by the election of President Hassan Rouhani.

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07 July 2014

The sentencing of a prominent Saudi Arabian lawyer and human rights defender to 15 years in prison has dealt a fresh blow to peaceful activism and freedom of expression in the Kingdom.

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02 July 2014

Nine peaceful government critics are believed to be suffering ill-treatment in an Abu Dhabi prison a year after a grossly unfair trial led to their incarceration, Amnesty International said as it called for their immediate and unconditional release.

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25 June 2014

A prominent Saudi Arabian activist convicted today for speaking out on the human rights situation in his country should have his sentence quashed.

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04 June 2014

A call for tenders to introduce a new system to carry out indiscriminate mass surveillance of social media in Egypt would deal a devastating blow to the rights to privacy and freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International.

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22 May 2014

At least 15 activists and lawyers were arrested this afternoon when Egyptian security forces stormed the Alexandria offices of the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights for the second time in six months. 

 

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20 May 2014

The Moroccan authorities’ use of an anti-terrorism law to prosecute and imprison journalists is a serious blow to freedom of expression and editorial independence, Amnesty International said today, as it highlighted the cases of two men recently targeted under the law. 

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07 May 2014

Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia’s authorities to quash the outrageous sentencing today of Raif Badawi in connection with an online forum for public debate he set up and accusations that he insulted Islam. 

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14 April 2014

Mounting curbs on freedom of expression in the run-up to Algeria’s upcoming elections underscore disturbing shortcomings in the country’s overall human rights record, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. 

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11 April 2014

New counter-terrorism legislation set to be approved by Egypt’s president is deeply flawed and must be scrapped or fundamentally revised, Amnesty International said.

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09 April 2014

Egypt’s continued detention of three Al Jazeera journalists charged with falsifying news and involvement with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement is “vindictive", said Amnesty International.

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07 April 2014

A Cairo appeals court today upheld the conviction of three government critics for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest, a further sign that the Egyptian authorities are tightening the vice on freedom of expression and assembly.

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04 April 2014

Egypt must overturn the convictions of three government critics jailed for taking part in an “unauthorized” protest and immediately and unconditionally release them.

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01 April 2014

As the eyes of the sporting world turn to Bahrain’s Formula One Grand Prix this weekend, Amnesty International urges the country’s authorities not to quash peaceful protests surrounding the event.

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19 March 2014

Saudi Arabia’s decision to accept numerous recommendations to improve its human rights record during its United Nations Human Rights Council review session is unlikely to put an end to grave violations and discrimination. 

 

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05 March 2014

Last night’s release of Tunisian prisoner of conscience Jabeur Mejri is long overdue and must be followed by the authorities quashing his sentence and conviction, said Amnesty International.

 

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03 March 2014

Iran’s authorities must quash the conviction of a 27-year-old student who received a seven year prison sentence because of her peaceful political activities, said Amnesty International. 

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27 February 2014

Two politicians could be sentenced to death over a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam when a verdict is issued in their case on Sunday 2 March.

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