From here and there: news in January
Amnesty International Press release - 9 January 2012
"Repression and state violence is likely to continue to plague the Middle East and North Africa in 2012 unless governments in the region and international powers wake up to the scale of the changes being demanded of them, Amnesty International warned today in a new report into the dramatic events of the last year.
In the 80-page Year of Rebellion: State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, the organization describes how governments across the region were willing in 2011 to deploy extreme violence in an attempt to resist unprecedented calls for fundamental reform."
The world's first Muslim human rights commission
"In June 2011, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) established a new human rights commission. In an analysis in OpenDemocracy, Marie Juul Petersen presents the new commission, discussing its strengths and weaknesses. The analysis builds on a longer DIIS report to be published in January 2012. "