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Amnesty International urges Bahrain to release all prisoners of conscience ahead of appeals in prominent cases.
As members of the opposition become better equipped with weapons and armaments, more and more civilians are being exposed to danger as fighting intensifies in populated urban areas.
The UN Security Council's veto will further embolden those on all sides of the Syria conflict who are directing and committing abuses and crimes with impunity.
The UAE authorities must release activists and human rights defenders arrested amid an intensified crackdown.
Hamas has executed three men in Gaza, bringing the number of hangings this year alone to six.
More than 20 Omani activists face prison terms after being charged with offences linked to the exercise of their freedom of expression and assembly.
Forcing a stateless man born in the UAE to choose between indefinite detention there or exile in Thailand heralds a further decline in the UAE’s human rights situation.
Authorities urged to allow independent monitors to investigate the reported killing of scores of people in an attack on the Sunni town of al-Treimseh.
Authorities urged to allow the community of stateless individuals known as Bidun to exercise their rights in line with international standards
The family of an Iranian human rights lawyer and prisoner of conscience have been subject to a travel ban.
Authorities urged to allow people to exercise their right to freedom of expression after an opposition group rally is banned.
Prominent human rights activist and prisoner of conscience Nabeel Rajab receives three-month prison sentence on charges of libel.
Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand has been on hunger strike since 26 May in protest at being denied permission to visit his sick son in hospital.
Two men from the Misratah-based Tobakets TV and radio station were detained south of Tripoli by militias from Beni Walid.
Russian government to halt new deals with the Syrian government, whilst continuing to honour existing arms contracts.
At least three people were killed and one left on a life-support machine when security forces opened fire on a peaceful demonstration in the city of Aden.
Urgent action must be taken to stop the deadly cycle of repression and abuse in Syria.
An investigation into Palestinian police violence against peaceful protesters must be independent and transparent, with those responsible brought to justice.
Ongoing human rights violations in Libya are casting a shadow over the country's first national elections since the fall of al-Gaddafi.
The Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York are an acid test for political leaders to agree rules leading to the end of irresponsible arms transfers.