Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

04 February 2014

As celebrations got underway for the third anniversary of Egypt’s uprising against the rule of Hosni Mubarak, security forces broke-up marches and rounded up hundreds of protesters and bystanders.

03 February 2014

A new counter-terrorism law in Saudi Arabia will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations and serve as a further tool to suppress peaceful political dissent, Amnesty International said after analysing the legislation. 

29 January 2014

The UK government’s decision to resettle some of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria should encourage wider action on resettlement, particularly from European and Gulf countries.

29 January 2014

The Egyptian authorities must immediately drop the charges against three journalists from Al Jazeera English who were referred to trial today for allegedly providing assistance or belonging to a banned group engaged in terrorist activities

27 January 2014

The Bahraini authorities must immediately investigate the death in custody of a 19-year-old boy who was shot in the head by security forces.

23 January 2014

The Egyptian authorities are using every resource at their disposal to quash dissent and trample on human rights, three years after the start of the “25 January Revolution”.

23 January 2014

Vote by Parliament means that rapists can no longer escape prosecution by marrying their victims if they are under 18.

22 January 2014

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.

22 January 2014

Writer and political commentator Jamal al-Hajji sentenced to eight months for remarks made about prominent political figures on television.

21 January 2014

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.

20 January 2014

Twenty Egyptians and 10 UAE nationals charged with setting up an “international” branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are at risk of being wrongfully convicted.

16 January 2014

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.

16 January 2014

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.

14 January 2014

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.

13 January 2014

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. 

07 January 2014

South Korea today announced a halt to shipments of tear gas to Bahrain, following pressure from Amnesty International and other human rights groups.

03 January 2014

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.

19 December 2013

Torture, flogging, and summary killings are rife in secret prisons run by ISIS, an armed group that controls large areas of northern Syria.

18 December 2013

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.

17 December 2013

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. 

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