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Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

04 February 2011

Walid Yunis Ahmad has recently been charged with terrorism-related offences that he is alleged to have committed in 2009 when he had already been in prison for over nine years.

04 February 2011

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch call on the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of over 30 people arrested during a raid on law center in Cairo.

03 February 2011

Omar Suleiman urged to stop the violence unleashed by pro-government supporters in Cairo and across the country amid fresh reports of a renewed crackdown on journalists and activists.

03 February 2011

Two members of the organization's staff were taken, along with several others, by police in Cairo after the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre was taken over by military police this morning.

03 February 2011

Activists and journalists harassed and two Amnesty International staff members detained along with dozens of others as part of an apparent attempt to suppress the wave of mass protests.

02 February 2011

Authorities urged to protect the right to peaceful protest as clashes erupt with organized groups of pro-government supporters attacking protesters in Cairo and across Egypt.

01 February 2011

The army must continue respecting peaceful protest as people across the country hold their biggest demonstration yet.

31 January 2011

Government action against Al Jazeera and its journalists are attempts to close down reporting of street protests and the free flow of information.

31 January 2011

A slideshow of images from throughout Egypt's mass anti-government demonstrations that started on 25 January 2011.

30 January 2011

Israel jails a prominent Palestinian human rights activist for nine years on espionage charges.

28 January 2011

Authorities urged to act to prevent further deaths of protesters, amid continuing nationwide protests against poverty, police abuse and corruption.

28 January 2011

Tawakkol Karman received a death threat from a high-ranking official for her role in the continuing demonstrations in the country.

27 January 2011

Amnesty International reveals how security forces used disproportionate force to disperse protesters and in some cases fired on fleeing protesters and bystanders.

26 January 2011

Reports of ongoing demonstrations in Egypt today follow a day of protest that saw at least three deaths, beatings of detainees and 500 protesters arrested.

24 January 2011

Amnesty International questions the findings of an Israeli inquiry into last year's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla after it cleared the Israeli armed forces of wrongdoing.

24 January 2011

Amnesty International's human rights plan urges new government to make fundamental and lasting reforms of the country's repressive security and justice system.

24 January 2011

Yemeni activists detained in anti-government protests this weekend tell Amnesty International they fear the authorities' crackdown on freedom of expression will worsen amid growing calls for reform.

24 January 2011

Demonstrations against unemployment, police abuses and corruption are planned in Egypt, but opposition activists have reportedly been threatened with arrest.

24 January 2011

Ja'far Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei had been convicted of 'enmity against God', 'propaganda against the system' and having contacts with a banned opposition group.

20 January 2011

New caretaker government frees some of those detained during the rule of the country's recently ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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