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

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

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.
02 March 2009
With its narrow mandate, the tribunal will do nothing to address the enormous number of other grave human rights abuses committed in Lebanon in recent decades.
27 February 2009
Mona Said Thabet, her husband Yasser Naguib Mahran and their three children have been the targets of a campaign of harassment and intimidation.
27 February 2009
Kurdish student Hana Abdi was released from prison on Thursday after spending nearly 16 months in detention.
20 February 2009
Both Israel and Hamas used foreign-supplied weapons to attack civilians according to fresh evidence released by Amnesty International.
20 February 2009
Criticism of government policy on Gaza a new red line for freedom of expression in Egypt.
18 February 2009
The decision could give the UK government the green light to start deporting people to countries where they will be at risk of serious human rights abuses.
13 February 2009
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has been urged to broaden an investigation of attacks on UN installations in Gaza.
13 February 2009
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has been urged to broaden an investigation of attacks on UN installations in Gaza.
11 February 2009
Philip Rizk was taking part in a march in Cairo, to express solidarity with civilians affected by the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
09 February 2009
Ayatollah Khomeini promised that all Iranians would be free. However, the past 30 years have been characterised by persistent human rights violations.
05 February 2009
Those sentenced were accused of leading unrest against unemployment and high living costs in the phosphate-rich Gafsa region of south-east Tunisia earlier in 2008.
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