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

Regional News

from Middle east and north africa

03 December 2013

Israeli lawmakers must reject proposed amendments to the country’s Prevention of Infiltration Law, which would allow thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants to be held indefinitely in a remote detention centre.

01 December 2013

Israel must immediately lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip, including by allowing the delivery of fuel and other essential supplies into the territory without restrictions, said Amnesty International today.

29 November 2013

Yemen must ensure security forces refrain from using excessive force during protests planned this Saturday or risk further bloodshed.

28 November 2013

The conviction and imprisonment of 21 female protesters, after they participated in a peaceful pro-Morsi demonstration shows the Egyptian authorities’ determination to punish dissent.

28 November 2013

Two prominent activists in Saudi Arabia have been questioned today on as yet unspecified charges as the continuing crackdown on independent human rights work in the country intensifies.

27 November 2013

Bahrain’s authorities must immediately release Nabeel Rajab, a prominent human rights activist jailed for taking part in an anti-government protest last year.

25 November 2013

A new law placing broad restrictions on protests in Egypt is a serious setback that poses a grave threat to freedom of assembly and gives security forces a free rein to use excessive force, including lethal force, against demonstrators, Amnesty International said today.

 

21 November 2013

The Libyan authorities must actively protect protesters from attacks by armed militia during ongoing demonstrations this week or risk further bloodshed

21 November 2013

US President Barack Obama must urge Moroccan King Mohammed VI to scrap laws which see women and girls forced to marry their rapists, and teenagers facing jail for kissing in a public place.

17 November 2013

A new report by Amnesty International finds Qatar’s construction sector rife with abuse, with workers employed on multi-million dollar projects suffering serious exploitation.

17 November 2013

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.

14 November 2013

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.

14 November 2013

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.

08 November 2013

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.

31 October 2013

International support is needed to help Jordan end border restrictions on refugees fleeing the armed conflict in Syria.

28 October 2013

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.

25 October 2013

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.

24 October 2013

The Israeli authorities must drop all charges against a Palestinian human rights lawyer released on bail last night, Amnesty International said.

24 October 2013

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.

22 October 2013

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.

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