from Middle east and north africa
Announced today, the ban on all gatherings and rallies violates the right to freedom of expression and assembly.
A poet facing a secret trial in Qatar after being detained since last year is a possible prisoner of conscience.
All peaceful activists and other prisoners of conscience detained in Syria must be set free after a mass amnesty was granted ahead of the Eid al-Adha religious festival.
The human rights crisis in Syria is a major test for the EU in its own neighbourhood. It must act decisively to assist refugees.
Progress on human rights in Tunisia that followed the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is being rolled back by the current Tunisian Government.
A shop worker jailed on a drugs-related charge was among 10 men put to death in Iran on Monday morning.
Bahrain must quash convictions and sentences against two former teachers' union leaders ahead of the final verdict in their trial this weekend.
The Saudi Arabian authorities must withdraw their threat to deal “firmly” with people taking part in demonstrations and stop detaining peaceful protesters.
Alber Saber Ayad could receive a six-year prison sentence if he is convicted of "defamation of religion".
Among those scheduled to be executed was Saeed Sedeghi, a shop worker sentenced to death in June after an unfair trial on drugs-related charges.
Jordan's authorities must end their crackdown against pro-reform activists and allow them freely to express their views, Amnesty International said.
Iran must release Majid Sedeghi, who was arrested before his brother Saeed Sedeghi had been expected to be executed, Amnesty International said.
Iran is urged to immediately commute the death sentences of 11 men who are at imminent risk of execution after being transferred to Tehran's Evin Prison.
A decree by Egypt’s President Morsi pardoning some protesters is welcome, but falls short of providing a fair trial to 1,100 others, Amnesty International said.
As a large contingent of armed forces and armed militias surround Bani Walid in preparation for a possible assault, Amnesty International has called on the Libyan authorities to avoid excessive use of force in the city.
Two new reports on Egypt document unlawful killings, excessive use of force, torture and other ill-treatment against protesters by both the military and the police.
The convictions of nine health professionals sentenced to prison terms for their role in last year's pro-democracy uprising in Bahrain must be quashed by the authorities, Amnesty International said.
Iranian human rights defender and lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah must be immediately and unconditionally released, Amnesty International said.
The Tunisian authorities must drop indecency charges against a woman who was summoned to court on Wednesday after she had complained that police officers raped her.
Yemen is on the brink of a human rights crisis unless the authorities act now to end persistent abuses in the country and address past violations.