from Middle east and north africa
A military appeal court in Tunisia has upheld the conviction on defamation charges of a former presidential adviser and handed him an even harsher punishment.
Taher Belabès faces 'incitement' charges after a youth unemployment protest in the southern oil town of Ouargla.
An online activist in Saudi Arabia faces the death penalty over apostasy charges in a trial being used to stifle political and social debate.
The detention of a 16-year-old Bahraini boy in an adult prison has been extended for a further week despite the Bahraini authorities’ failure to bring any charges against him.
Twenty-eight people are at imminent risk of execution after their death sentences were ratified yesterday.
Instead of delivering justice and an impartial investigation into a blogger's death in custody, Iranian authorities have been intimidating his family members.
An Egyptian activist has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of “defamation of religion”.
Bahrain urged to release a prominent human rights defender whose conviction for involvement in anti-government protests has been upheld.
Dozens of student activists kept behind bars in Iran, some since 2009, must be freed immediately and unconditionally to mark National Student Day.
An Omani appeals court has upheld convictions against five men and a woman in what Amnesty International said is part of an ongoing assault on freedom of expression.
A new Amnesty International report says abuses committed by an al-Qa’ida affiliate and Yemeni government forces must be independently investigated.
Israel authorizes an additional 3,000 housing units a day after Palestine is recognized as a non-member observer state of the UN.
The men were convicted by a military court last year after participating in peaceful anti-government protests.
The document restricts freedom of expression in the name of protecting religion, and allows for the military trial of civilians.
The vote at the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday was decided by 138 votes in favour, 41 abstentions, and 9 against.
The verdict has sent out shock waves among activists in Qatar and the Gulf region, who say that the sentence feels like a threat to them all.
Some are beginning to talk of a second uprising, a “November revolution”.
Some 15 men are being held following their arrest in Riyadh during a peaceful protest at the continued detention and ill-treatment of relatives.
Bahrain is facing a stark choice between the rule of law, or sliding into a downward spiral of repression and instability.
Both sides have been violating international humanitarian law, according to information gathered by the UN, local human rights organizations and Amnesty International.