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14 January 2011

The Tunisian authorities must either release or promptly charge two men arrested after one of them gave media interviews about ongoing protests.

14 January 2011

Amnesty International has urged the Iraqi authorities to prevent the forcible return to Iran of several members of the Ahwazi Arab minority amid fears that they would be at serious risk of torture.

14 January 2011

Mohammad Ghazzai al-Mutairi, who had been arrested apparently for possessing alcohol, is alleged to have died as a result of police torture.

14 January 2011

The Tunisian authorities must rescind permissions to "shoot on sight", as the President leaves the country amid a state of emergency.

11 January 2011

The Egyptian authorities must stop the harassment and intimidation of the family of a man allegedly tortured to death in detention following a January church bombing.

11 January 2011

Amnesty International warns against further arrests after President Ben Ali's speech on national television about the ongoing nationwide demonstrations.

11 January 2011

Amnesty International has condemned an Israeli court extension of the prison sentence of a Palestinian activist, convicted for peaceful protesting in the occupied West Bank.

10 January 2011

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari were sentenced on charges relating to their human rights work after the country's disputed 2009 presidential elections.

10 January 2011

Amnesty International has urged the Tunisian authorities to ensure the safety of anti-government protesters after security forces reportedly killed at least 23 people in protests over the weekend, amid reports of further deaths on Monday.

07 January 2011

At least two people have been killed in an ongoing crackdown by the authorities on a wave of protests sparked by the attempted suicide of a young fruit seller who later died of his injuries.

07 January 2011

Qusay 'Abdel-Razaq Zabib was detained for over two years because he was suspected of having links to armed groups.

24 December 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Iranian authorities to halt the imminent execution of a Kurdish law student, scheduled for 26 December, and to commute his death sentence.

22 December 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi authorities to free a police officer, initially detained because he was suspected of having links to armed groups, who has been held for over a month after an order for his release was made.

21 December 2010

Amnesty International condemns the execution of those accused of links to the bomb attack in Chabahar that killed more than 39 people last week.

21 December 2010

Amnesty International today called upon the Yemeni authorities to halt the imminent execution of a young man for a crime he is alleged to have committed at the age of 15.

20 December 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi government to do more to protect the country’s Christian minority from an expected spike in violent attacks as they prepare to celebrate Christmas.

17 December 2010

Ali Aarrass, who is accused of terrorism-related offences, is believed to be at serious risk of human rights violations amid persistent reports of abuses by Moroccan security forces.

10 December 2010

State-controlled channel Press TV is to broadcast a new "confession" by Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who faces possible execution.

07 December 2010

The wife of a British man held without charge in Iraq for a year is calling on the UK government to step up its efforts to secure the release of her husband.

07 December 2010

Dozens of Israel’s municipal chief rabbis have issued a religious ruling banning Jews from leasing or selling properties to Arabs.

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