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

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

24 June 2013

Four Shi’a men were killed in Cairo on Sunday amid unprecedented levels of sectarian violence against Shi’a Muslims in Egypt.

20 June 2013

A new briefing highlights the unacceptable treatment of thousands of foreign nationals in detention facilities in Libya.

20 June 2013

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.

17 June 2013

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.

17 June 2013

Hassan Mostafa, a prominent opposition activist in Egypt, was sentenced to one year in prison for allegedly insulting and attacking a public prosecutor.

17 June 2013

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.

14 June 2013

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.

13 June 2013

Yesterday’s prison sentences against three FEMEN activists in Tunisia are an unacceptable restriction on freedom of expression.

12 June 2013

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.

11 June 2013

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.

05 June 2013

Egypt’s authorities must overturn the conviction of 43 people for working at unregistered non-governmental organizations in Egypt and receiving illegal foreign funding

04 June 2013

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.

31 May 2013

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.

28 May 2013

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.

28 May 2013

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.

24 May 2013

“The tragedy is not only inside, but also outside Syria,” says a London-based Syrian human rights activist.

24 May 2013

Two of the 94 people on trial in the UAE talk to Amnesty International about the state of freedom of expression in the country.

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

23 May 2013

Abubaker Ali Osman, a Somali engineer until recently living in Libya spoke to Amnesty International about living in a refugee camp in Tunisia.

22 May 2013

Amnesty International’s Donatella Rovera talks about the situation of millions of Syrians who were forced to seek shelter in other parts of the country and abroad.

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