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

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

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.

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.

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