Middle East and North Africa News

Open letter from medical professionals in support of Dr 'Ali al-'Ekri

172 medical professionals, including two medical organisations call for Dr 'Ali al-'Ekri's immediate release on the fifth anniversary of his arrest for treating injured protesters and criticisng the excessive force used by the armed forces against them. 

Amnesty International research finds that Syrian and Russian forces Targeting Hospitals as a Strategy of War

Russian and Syrian government forces appear to have deliberately and systematically targeted hospitals and other medical facilities over the last three months to pave the way for ground forces to advance on northern Aleppo, an examination of airstrikes by Amnesty International has found.

Bahrain’s continuing injustice: a doctor is left behind bars for treating injured protesters

Five years ago, people in Bahrain rose up in protest to demand reform, but were met with violence from security forces.  Doctors, nurses and paramedics were arrested, detained, and tortured for treating injured protesters. Dr ‘Ali al-‘Ekri is still in prison five years on. 

Syria: Russia’s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a  busy market, as well as medical facilities, in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today.

Saudi Arabia: Execution looms for at least 50 on death row, including Shi’a activists


More than 50 people are at increased risk of imminent execution following reports in national media outlets close to the Saudi Arabian authorities that they will soon be put to death in a single day, warns Amnesty International.

Yemen: Coalition used UK cruise missile in unlawful airstrike


The Saudi Arabia-led coalition used a British-made cruise missile to destroy a Yemeni ceramics factory, a civilian object, on 23 September, 2015, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today, based on field research and interviews with eyewitnesses at the scene.

Syria: State profits from crimes against humanity as policy of enforced disappearances drives black market


The vast scale and chillingly orchestrated nature of tens of thousands of enforced disappearances by the Syrian government over the past four years is exposed in a new report by Amnesty International published today.

Egypt: Azza Soliman and 16 others acquitted on charges for protesting

An appeal court has upheld the acquittal of women’s human rights defender Azza Soliman and 16 others who witnessed the police killing of Egyptian activist Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh.

Egypt: Last Al Jazeera journalists released

Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were finally released on 23 September after Egypt’s president pardoned them.

UAE: Torture fears for prominent academic held in secret detention


Fears are mounting that prominent academic Dr Nasser bin Ghaith could be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment in secret detention since his arrest by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities on 18 August, Amnesty International said.