from Middle east and north africa
Amnesty International has condemned a bomb attack in Yemen that reportedly killed at least 17 people and injured 15 as they travelled to celebrate a Shi’a festival in the northern town of al-Zahir.
Amnesty International today called on the Saudi Arabian authorities to protect domestic workers from abuse, following the reported discovery of the mutilated body of an Indonesian woman in a skip.
Kareem Amer was freed after completing a four-year prison term for allegedly criticizing President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's al-Azhar religious authorities and Islam in a blog.
The family of Ahmed Shaaban, a 19-year-old man, allege that he died after being tortured and physically abused by police officers in Alexandria.
Some of 23 detainees say they have been beaten, deprived of sleep and forced to stand for long periods in reprisal for previous torture claims.
Lebanese national 'Ali Hussain Sibat will now be retried with a view to considering commutation of his sentence and deportation to Lebanon at the end of his sentence.
Deaths and injuries occurred during a security forces operation to forcibly removal of thousands of people from the camp near Laayoune, Western Sahara.
Kareem Amer, who was jailed for four years for criticizing President Hosni Mubarak and Islam, is still being held despite being due for release last week.
Award-winning activist Muhannad al-Hassani, currently serving a three-year prison sentence, was severely beaten by his cellmate last month.
Amnesty International today called on Iran to immediately release the lawyer and son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who is at risk of execution by stoning.
Amnesty International condemns as a war crime Sunday’s attack on a church in Baghdad by an armed group, in which more than 40 civilians were killed as security forces tried to free hostages.
Amnesty International calls on the Egyptian authorities to release or charge all detained supporters of opposition groups ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, following a new wave of arrests.
Amnesty International is calling on the Moroccan authorities to immediately investigate the fatal checkpoint shooting of a 14-year old boy outside a camp set up by Sahrawi protestors.
Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian King to halt the execution of a young Sri Lankan woman who has lost her appeal against a death sentence for a murder committed when she says she was 17.
Amnesty International today called on the Iraqi authorities not to execute former Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and two other former officials sentenced to death.
Amnesty International calls on the USA to investigate how much US officials knew about the torture of detainees held by Iraqi security forces after new evidence emerged in files released by the Wikileaks organization.
Sheikh Hassan Mchaymech has been held incommunicado since July when he was arrested while on his way to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Authorities urged to immediately release, or charge with a recognizable criminal offence, over 70 members of the Muslim Brotherhood group.
Authorities urged to abandon plans to construct 238 new housing units for Israeli civilians in occupied East Jerusalem.
Morocco urged to release three men accused of undermining the country's internal security after their visit to camps in Algeria run by the Polisario Front.