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Vote by Parliament means that rapists can no longer escape prosecution by marrying their victims if they are under 18.
Reports have emerged today of 12 secret executions carried out by the Iraqi authorities, bringing the number of prisoners put to death since Sunday to 38.
Writer and political commentator Jamal al-Hajji sentenced to eight months for remarks made about prominent political figures on television.
A new report based on documents and images smuggled out of the country says that 11,000 people have been tortured and killed while in detention.
Twenty Egyptians and 10 UAE nationals charged with setting up an “international” branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are at risk of being wrongfully convicted.
Iran has carried out a total of 40 executions since the beginning of 2014, with at least 33 carried out in the past week alone, said Amnesty International today.
The Geneva II peace conference on Syria must aim to urgently end government sieges imposed on opposition-held towns where civilians are starving to death.
The European Court of Human Rights ruling that three British men who say they were tortured in prison in Saudi Arabia cannot pursue a claim through the UK courts dashes any hope of justice.
The international community must act now to end the suffering of millions of Syrian civilians, many of whom are at risk of starvation and face severe shortages of medical care and adequate shelter, said Amnesty International ahead of a UN donor conference in Kuwait this week.
South Korea today announced a halt to shipments of tear gas to Bahrain, following pressure from Amnesty International and other human rights groups.
Three prominent activists are facing trial in an apparently politically motivated case based on unreliable witnesses and scant evidence, said Amnesty International ahead of a court verdict due this Sunday.
Torture, flogging, and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by ISIS, an armed group that controls large areas of northern Syria.
Migrant construction workers in Qatar who worked for nearly a year without pay on a prestigious tower in Doha’s financial district are facing serious food shortages and need urgent government assistance.
Every Friday, people in the small Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh risk their lives to protest peacefully against Israeli settlers’ theft of their land and water.
Relatives of 69 jailed government critics tell Amnesty International they have been bullied, threatened and stigmatized by the authorities.
Soon after the popular uprising began in Bahrain in 2011, 13 opposition leaders were arrested. Their ‘crime’ was expressing their opinions peacefully: calling for democracy, an end to corruption, opposing the monarchy.
Children are being routinely detained, ill-treated and tortured in Bahrain, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today.
European leaders should hang their heads in shame over the pitifully low numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, said Amnesty International.
Syrian refugees who survived the trip from North Africa to Europe describe their experiences.
The confusion over who was responsible for an airstrike that killed 15 men on their way to a wedding in Yemen on Thursday exposes a serious lack of accountability for scores of civilian deaths in the country, Amnesty International said.