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

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

11 October 2013

A proposal to introduce “medical tests” to bar migrant workers deemed to be “homosexual” or transgender from entering Kuwait and other Gulf countries is outrageous.

11 October 2013

Today’s shipwreck off the coast of Alexandria that drowned at least 12 people, many believed to be refugees from Syria, highlights the crushing life-and-death decisions facing many who fled to Egypt to escape Syria’s armed conflict.

10 October 2013

Authorities in Morocco must immediately and unconditionally drop charges against three teen-agers arrested for kissing and posting a photo on Facebook, said Amnesty International ahead of a court hearing on Friday.

10 October 2013

The Iraqi authorities must immediately halt all executions, Amnesty International said after 42 people were executed in the last two days.

09 October 2013

A detailed report into the attacks targeting Coptic Christian communities in August reveals the extent of the failure of the security services to protect the minority group.

08 October 2013

After years of uncertainty, the full facts in the case of Faysal Baraket, a Tunisian student who died in police custody in 1991, are coming to light, bringing an end to years of denial and deception by the Tunisian authorities.

07 October 2013

A wave of suicide bombings targeting school children and Shi’a pilgrims over the weekend marks a deplorable turn in the current surge in violence, said Amnesty International.

04 October 2013

36 refugees from Syria, many of Palestinian origin, have been deported to Syria today, according to information received by Amnesty International.

02 October 2013

It’s been a year since Khalil Ma’touq disappeared. The eminent human rights lawyer and his colleague Mohammed Thatha are being held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance - where they are at risk of torture or even death. 

30 September 2013

Allegations the Bahraini authorities used electric shocks and other torture methods to extract confessions from members of a group of 50 Shi’a activists are just one factor making their trial and convictions unfair.

27 September 2013

Today’s UN Security Council vote on a new Syria resolution must not be another wasted opportunity that lets down the victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Amnesty International urged.

27 September 2013

An Egyptian journalist facing an unfair military trial over his coverage of events in Sinai must be immediately and unconditionally released, said Amnesty International ahead of a hearing in his case on Sunday.

25 September 2013

All executions in Iraq must be halted immediately, Amnesty International urged today after 13 men were executed in Baghdad.

23 September 2013

Palestinian Authority police and security forces in the occupied West Bank must cease using unnecessary and excessive force against demonstrators, and must be held accountable when they commit human rights violations.

20 September 2013

The Iranian authorities must urgently halt the execution of four Sunni Muslim men from Iran’s Kurdish minority who could be executed within days.

18 September 2013

The Moroccan authorities’ detention of journalist and editor Ali Anouzla is an assault on the country’s independent media and he must be released immediately and unconditionally.

18 September 2013

The arrest of the prominent opposition leader Khalil al-Marzouq in Bahrain last night is the authorities’ latest move to tighten the noose on political opposition in the country.

18 September 2013

Amnesty International welcomes the release of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and at least 11 political activists.

18 September 2013

The Libyan authorities should immediately hand Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi and former intelligence chief Abdallah al-Senussi to the International Criminal Court.

16 September 2013

The Yemeni authorities must immediately commute a sentence of amputation imposed on a man convicted of theft and assault.

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