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A court in the UAE sentenced 68 of the 94 government critics on trial for allegedly “plotting to overthrow the state” to prison terms of between seven and 15 years.
The mother of Palestinian born in Iraq currently on death row talks about how his son was tortured into confessing to a crime he says, he didn't commit.
Mass protests against President Morsi are expected to mark his first anniversary in office, and clashes with his supporters are feared.
United Arab Emirates state security officers have subjected detainees to systematic mistreatment, including torture, say hand-written letters from detainees smuggled out of jails.
The Syrian authorities must drop charges against five human rights activists whose "patently unfair" terror trial has been put on hold for two months.
Four Shi’a men were killed in Cairo on Sunday amid unprecedented levels of sectarian violence against Shi’a Muslims in Egypt.
A new briefing highlights the unacceptable treatment of thousands of foreign nationals in detention facilities in Libya.
IDPs have often been the invisible and forgotten victims of Syria's brutal conflict that has raged since 2011, out of the media spotlight and largely sidelined by the political wrangling between all parties to the conflict.
In an action targeting King Abdullah, Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally a website founder still detained and on trial one year after his arrest for expressing views online.
Hassan Mostafa, a prominent opposition activist in Egypt, was sentenced to one year in prison for allegedly insulting and attacking a public prosecutor.
The victory of Hassan Rouhani, a 64-year-old cleric, in Iran’s presidential election, presents a new opportunity to address human rights abuses in the country.
Two politicians in Libya are due to appear in court, and face the death penalty, after publishing a cartoon on women’s rights deemed to be offensive to Islam.
Yesterday’s prison sentences against three FEMEN activists in Tunisia are an unacceptable restriction on freedom of expression.
Iran’s authorities have intensified the clampdown on dissidents ahead of the country’s presidential election on 14 June, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.
Criminal “defamation of religion” charges must be dropped in a number of cases across Egypt, Amnesty International said today after a teacher was convicted for insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in the classroom.
Egypt’s authorities must overturn the conviction of 43 people for working at unregistered non-governmental organizations in Egypt and receiving illegal foreign funding
Today’s International Commission of Inquiry report on Syria’s grave human rights situation is yet further evidence to prompt the UN Security Council to refer the situation to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said.
A 19-year-old Tunisian activist for the FEMEN network is facing further accusations after having been convicted and fined for the possession of a self-defence spray.
Today’s court appeal by two members of a prominent Saudi Arabian human rights organization is a bid for justice amid a broader crackdown on activism in the Gulf kingdom.
The trial of a blogger before a military court in Tunisia after he peacefully expressed his opinion on the internet is worrying evidence of the state of freedom of expression in the country.