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Police opened fire with live ammunition in the city of Ar Raqqah, as an estimated 5,000 people gathered to celebrate the Kurdish New Year.
The authorities have effectively barred two human rights organizations from presenting their reports on the harassment of former political prisoners to the media.
On World Water Day Israeli authorities have been urged to end discriminatory practices against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
If the higher courts reject his appeal, former televison presenter 'Ali Hussain Sibat could be executed at any time.
It is not known why 'Abed al-Hafith 'Abed al-Rahman is being detained or whether any charges have been brought against him.
Amnesty International has called on the Tunisian President to end the daily harassment of former political prisoners ahead of the country's national independence day.
Amnesty International has made an urgent personal appeal to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to prevent the execution of a man who is believed to have been wrongly convicted of murder.
An Egyptian man, who may have been wrongfully convicted of murder, was hanged in Cairo on Wednesday morning, Amnesty International has learned.
Amnesty International has welcomed the release of an Iranian football journalist who was detained for publishing posters supporting an Iranian-Azerbaijani football team.
Amnesty International urges Israel to cease constructing illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories after a plan to build 1,600 new homes is approved.
Ahmed Mostafa was facing jail after he after he published a post alleging nepotism within the armed forces.
Amnesty International has called for the Egyptian authorities to release a blogger and prisoner of conscience who published a post alleging nepotism within the armed forces.
Hengameh Shahidi began a six-year sentence last week, for charges relating to her political work in the wake of last year's disputed presidential election.
Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.
Max Goeldi, who began serving a four month prison sentence this week, is thought to be a pawn in a diplomatic row between the two countries.
Amnesty International has voiced its concern to Ban Ki-moon that reparations were accepted for UN buildings damaged in the conflict, while victims of the attacks have not been paid.
Amnesty International is appealing to the Iraq's political leaders to ensure that both the election campaign and the vote on 7 March are conducted peacefully.