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

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21 July 2014

Ahead of a legal intervention by Amnesty International and others in the rendition case of the Libyan national Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, Amnesty International is warning that the UK government is “scraping the legal barrel” with its arguments in the case. 

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03 July 2014

A surge in arbitrary arrests, detentions and harrowing incidents of torture and deaths in police custody show a sharp deterioration in human rights in Egypt since President Morsi was ousted.

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26 June 2014

Ali al-Akermi spent nearly 30 years as a prisoner of conscience in Libya under Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi, including 18 years at the notorious Abu Salim Prison where he endured years of torture and other ill-treatment. 

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17 June 2014

Libyan armed forces and armed groups, including militias, must immediately stop the reckless shelling of residential areas, endangering the lives of Benghazi residents, Amnesty International said following a renewed round of heavy fighting in the eastern city. 

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23 May 2014

Egypt is likely to continue to face a downward spiral of human rights abuses following the presidential elections, after candidates failed to commit to much-needed reforms to ensure those responsible for abuse face justice.

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22 May 2014

Dozens of civilians have been subjected to enforced disappearance and held for months in secret detention at an Egyptian military camp, where they are subjected to torture and other ill-treatment to make them confess to crimes, according to shocking new evidence gathered by Amnesty International.

 

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15 May 2014

Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience at Section 350 of Iran’s Evin prison were subjected to assault, beatings and other ill-treatment, with some of those injured denied access to adequate medical care, according to a new briefing published by Amnesty International about the events of 17 April, which has become known as “Black Thursday” by local activists. 

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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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13 March 2014

Across the world thousands of people will mark the 3rd anniversary of the crisis in Syria with candlelit vigils, the lighting up of iconic locations and the release of Banksy-inspired red balloons carrying messages of hope to Syrians. 

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03 March 2014

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must immediately quash the conviction of a Qatari medical doctor who has been sentenced to seven years in jail today after a grossly unfair trial, said Amnesty International. 

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03 February 2014

A new counter-terrorism law in Saudi Arabia will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations and serve as a further tool to suppress peaceful political dissent, Amnesty International said after analysing the legislation. 

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23 January 2014

Vote by Parliament means that rapists can no longer escape prosecution by marrying their victims if they are under 18.

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21 January 2014

A new report based on documents and images smuggled out of the country says that 11,000 people have been tortured and killed while in detention.

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20 January 2014

Twenty Egyptians and 10 UAE nationals charged with setting up an “international” branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are at risk of being wrongfully convicted.

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14 January 2014

The European Court of Human Rights ruling that three British men who say they were tortured in prison in Saudi Arabia cannot pursue a claim through the UK courts dashes any hope of justice.

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19 December 2013

Torture, flogging, and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by ISIS, an armed group that controls large areas of northern Syria.

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16 December 2013

Soon after the popular uprising began in Bahrain in 2011, 13 opposition leaders were arrested. Their ‘crime’ was expressing their opinions peacefully: calling for democracy, an end to corruption, opposing the monarchy.

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16 December 2013

Children are being routinely detained, ill-treated and tortured in Bahrain, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today.

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09 December 2013

Libya’s authorities must urgently investigate the death of a soldier who was tortured to death last week following 10 hours of interrogation by his own army unit, said Amnesty International.

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