from Middle east and north africa
About 50 minutes drive north of Doha, at the heart of Qatar's gas industry, lies the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College, a shiny new campus that obscures a tale of misery.
In the blink of an eye, ‘Attiyeh’s worst nightmare came true. On 21 November 2012, his son Mahmoud, 13, was killed by a missile fired by an Israeli drone in the al-Manara area of Gaza City.
As Egypt sits in front of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to answer questions about the country’s human rights situation, activists talk about the country's housing crisis.
A sharp increase in the use of the death penalty in Iraq has brought the number of known executions to the highest since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, with at least seven prisoners sent to the gallows yesterday.
International support is needed to help Jordan end border restrictions on refugees fleeing the armed conflict in Syria.
Two death row prisoners from Iran’s Kurdish minority are at imminent risk of being executed after the Iranian authorities carried out 20 death sentences over the weekend.
Saudi Arabian women activists still plan to defy a driving ban in the Kingdom on 26 October despite having their campaign website hacked and receiving repeated threats from the authorities to thwart the effort.
The Israeli authorities must drop all charges against a Palestinian human rights lawyer released on bail last night, Amnesty International said.
The Saudi Arabian authorities must respect the right of women to drive this Saturday in defiance of a ban on women driving in the Kingdom, said Amnesty International.
The Libyan authorities must urgently find a durable solution to end the continued forcible displacement of tens of thousands of Tawarghas and other communities during the 2011 armed conflict.
Saudi Arabia has failed on every count to live up to its promises to address the dire human rights situation in the country.
The Egyptian authorities must end their appalling policy of unlawfully detaining and forcibly returning hundreds of refugees who have fled the armed conflict in Syria.
Iranian authorities say prisoner will be hanged for a second time once his condition improves.
The Algerian authorities must immediately release a blogger detained on terrorism and defamation charges after he shared photos and caricatures of the President and the Prime Minister on his Facebook account.
Evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, health officials and wounded protesters suggests security forces used live ammunition to disperse crowds of mostly peaceful demonstrators on 6 October.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
A proposal to introduce “medical tests” to bar migrant workers deemed to be “homosexual” or transgender from entering Kuwait and other Gulf countries is outrageous.
Today’s shipwreck off the coast of Alexandria that drowned at least 12 people, many believed to be refugees from Syria, highlights the crushing life-and-death decisions facing many who fled to Egypt to escape Syria’s armed conflict.
Authorities in Morocco must immediately and unconditionally drop charges against three teen-agers arrested for kissing and posting a photo on Facebook, said Amnesty International ahead of a court hearing on Friday.
The Iraqi authorities must immediately halt all executions, Amnesty International said after 42 people were executed in the last two days.