Yemen used inappropriate force to quell largely nonviolent secession protests, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Southern Yemenis say they have been marginalized.
Yemeni officials pointed to Shiite rebels that have clashed with the government, but the operation is a marked departure from their style of hostage-taking.
Signed by 77 activists, a petition sent by express mail Wednesday night calls for an elected parliament and public access to the trials of 991 suspects in Al Qaeda-inspired violence.
Forty Saudis plan a hunger strike this week to bring attention to the prolonged detention of 11 political activists.
Human rights groups charge the mukhabarat, portrayed in the new Ridley Scott movie 'Body of Lies,' with systematic torture.
Detainees are accused of having links to Al Qaeda, but human rights groups fear arbitrary arrests have been made.