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

Regional News

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21 April 2009
Iran has been urged to release the Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was sentenced to eight years in jail after being convicted as a spy.
20 April 2009
Women and girls in Iraq are suffering from systematic violence and a sustained assault on their human rights.
20 April 2009
The execution of the Iranian woman convicted of murdering a relative when she was 17 has been postponed.
17 April 2009
Delara Darabi, an Iranian woman convicted of murdering a relative when she was 17, is reported to be facing execution in the next few days.
14 April 2009
The authorities in Bahrain released all 178 political prisoners on Sunday after they were pardoned by the King of Bahrain.
08 April 2009
Algerians go to the polls on Thursday to vote for their next president.
07 April 2009
At least 20 people are still held in detention in Egypt after peaceful protests on Monday.
07 April 2009
Amnesty International has said that both the Israeli and Palestinian sides must fully cooperate with the UN's fact-finding mission.
01 April 2009
The Israeli army has dismissed as "hearsay" the testimonies of soldiers who served in Gaza during the recent 22-day military offensive and who gave chillin
23 March 2009
More people were executed in Asia than in any other part of the world in 2008. By contrast, in Europe, only one country continues to use the death penalty: Belarus.
23 March 2009
At least 10 people were arrested this month after demonstrations against the arrest by security forces of Shi’a visitors to the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad in
23 March 2009
Experts of the Human Rights Council have concluded that the Egyptian authorities have detained blogger Karim Amer arbitrarily for his online criticisms and for exerc
20 March 2009
Palestinian armed groups and the Israeli authorities are denying prisoners their rights, including Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held for 1,000 days, and
20 March 2009
On the sixth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, nearly 130 people face imminent execution in the country.
20 March 2009
The death in custody of an internet blogger in Iran on Wednesday raised renewed fears that prisoners in the country are being denied medical treatment, possibly as a
18 March 2009

Students are being detained for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, in what may be an attempt to stifle debate and dissent b

17 March 2009

Syrian writer Habib Saleh has been sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing the country's government in a series of articles published on the internet.

16 March 2009
A group of 16 of the world's leading war crimes investigators and judges - backed by Amnesty International - has urged the United Nations to launch a full inquiry in
13 March 2009
Reports say that the Iraqi authorities plan to start executing the prisoners in batches of 20 this week. Last year at least 285 people were sentenced to death and at l
06 March 2009
Lawyer and former prisoner of conscience Mohamed Abbou has been denied permission to leave Tunisia for the seventh time since his release from prison in July 2007.
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