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

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

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.

21 May 2013

Six people were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, taking the total number of state killings in the country this year so far to at least 47.

21 May 2013

A prominent Syrian human rights lawyer who went missing this weekend after an apparent abduction is at grave risk of abuse, Amnesty International has said. 

17 May 2013

There are credible fears that the charges against a well-known opposition activist in Alexandria may be spurious and in retaliation for his activism, Amnesty International said as his appeal hearing is due to resume. 

17 May 2013

Women in Iran have been banned from running for presidency, contradicting a number of articles of the country's Constitution.

16 May 2013

Five men in Bahrain have been sentenced to a year imprisonment for allegedly insulting the King of Bahrain in messages posted on Twitter.

16 May 2013

The Moroccan authorities must immediately launch a full, independent and impartial investigation into allegations that six Sahrawi activists – including a child – were tortured in police custody in Western Sahara.

15 May 2013

Today’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on Syria is a positive step but it does little to address the immense ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in the country.

10 May 2013

A Coptic Christian teacher detained in Egypt on charges of “defamation of religion” must be immediately released and the criminal case against her dropped.

07 May 2013

An activist in Algeria is sentenced to a two-month suspended prison term and a fine after he distributed leaflets about unemployment in the country.

02 May 2013

Israeli settlers in the Nablus district of the occupied West Bank set up a new illegal outpost yesterday

01 May 2013

Four founding members of a nascent human rights group in Saudi Arabia have been interrogated and intimidated in their attempt to get their organization off the ground.

29 April 2013

The Syrian authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts of a 16-year-old boy who has been missing since November, Amnesty International urges.

25 April 2013

The UN Security Council has failed to add human rights monitoring to the mandate of its Western Sahara peacekeeping force, despite ongoing reports of abuses in the region.

25 April 2013

An arbitrary court order to detain a university professor for four months after he co-founded a human rights organization is the latest blow to freedom of expression and assembly in Saudi Arabia.

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