from Middle east and north africa
A new report examines a grim cycle of human rights abuses in Iraq, ten years after a US-led invasion toppled the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein.
Two human rights activists are sentenced to five and 10 years’ imprisonment in Saudi Arabia as punishment for their work.
A TV station in Tripoli was attacked after it broadcasted a debate about a law that would ban those who held office during the al-Gaddafi years from participating in public institutions.
The Upper House of parliament in Egypt prepares to debate laws that would severely restrict the work of independent civil society organizations and limit freedom of assembly.
Seven men are due to be executed in Saudi Arabia next week after being allegedly tortured into “confessing” to a crime. Here, five reasons why the death penalty is never the answer.
Authorities in Morocco are reviewing an article of the country's Penal Code that allowed rapists to escape prosecution if they marry the victim, after a 16-year-old killed herself after being forced to marry the man she said had raped her.
Hundreds of people are detained in Saudi Arabia in the wake of a protest against the incarceration without charge or trial of their relatives.
New instructions from the Prime Minister indicate that no “local entity” is allowed to engage with “international entities” without permission.
Arms-exporting countries must ensure that any deals brokered at an international arms fair do not contribute to serious human rights abuses.
The Yemeni authorities must end the routine violent repression of freedom of assembly by its security forces, Amnesty International said ahead of mass demonstrations planned in the south of the country.
Two years after thousands of people took to the streets of Rabat, Casablanca and other cities in Morocco calling for reform, repression of protests in Morocco remains routine.
Despite allegations of torture, life sentences handed out to civilians tried over clashes at a Sahrawi protest camp in 2010.
Prisoners of conscience remain behind bars and activists continue to be jailed just for expressing their views, two years on from Bahrain's 2011 protests
Authorities in Yemen “played deaf” to last-ditch calls to save a prisoner who was executed on Wednesday, Amnesty International has said.
A temporary ban on YouTube imposed in Egypt over an anti-Islamic video sends "a dangerous message of intolerance", Amnesty International has said.
Two years since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, frustrations in Egypt are growing at the slow pace of reform and ongoing abuses committed by police and other security forces.
Ten people have been executed since the start of the year including, controversially, one man who had been tried twice for the same crime.
Letting perpetrators in Egypt get away with sexual harassment and assault has fuelled violent attacks against women in the vicinity of Tahrir Square.
Military forces in the Yemeni capital Sana’a must not use unlawful force against dozens of injured protesters.
The killing today of Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid, outside his home must prompt a thorough, independent and impartial investigation by the Tunisian authorities.