Iraqi Kurds accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’ of ISIS members

Friday, 9 February 2018

Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members of ISIS. The watchdog said the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and foreigners at a school in Sahel al-Maliha, 70 kilometers northwest of Mosul, from which ISIS was expelled in July. “The evidence suggests that Asayish (Kurdish) security forces conducted mass executions of captured ISIS suspects night after night for a week, perhaps killing scores ...

HRW urges Turkey to end ‘lethal force’ against fleeing Syrians

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Human Rights Watch called on Ankara on Saturday to stop using “lethal force” against Syrians trying to cross into Turkey, urging it to open its border to those seeking asylum. A major offensive waged by Syrian government troops in the northwestern province of Idlib has displaced more than 270,000 people since mid-December, according to the United Nations. Many have tried to flee into Turkey, but border guards have been “indiscriminately shooting at and summarily returning ...

Assad forces enter Idlib, one of four de-escalation zones

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Syrian army forces have entered parts of the Idlib province in north-west Syria, one of four “de-escalation” zones which foreign powers including turkey, Iran and Russia agreed to establish after years of civil war.This follows weeks of attacks launched from the province of Hama on Idlib by Assad’s army and allied forces.Assad forces took control of the Tahrir al-Sham Organization’s villages, including the village of Tal al-Khanazir south-east of Idlib.The Syrian Human ...

Human Rights Watch: Houthi attack on Saudi airport, ‘likely a war crime’

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The ballistic missile strike by Houthi-Saleh forces in Yemen on Riyadh’s main international airport on November 4, 2017, is most likely a war crime, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia responded to the attack by claiming Iran, which it accuses of aiding the Houthi rebels who control much of northern Yemen, smuggled the missile to Yemen and announcing a “temporary” closure of all Yemeni land, sea, and air ports. Saudi claims about the missile’s origin could not be ...

Iran Guards ‘recruiting Afghan children as young as 14’ to fight in Syria

Monday, 2 October 2017

Human Rights Watch has accused Iran of recruiting Afghan immigrant children as young as 14 to fight in Syria. In a report, the rights group said that the children fought in the Fatemiyoun division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The division is made up of Afghan volunteers supported by Iran, fighting with government forces in Syria. The HRW research was based on photographs of tombstones in Iranian cemeteries where combatants killed in Syria had been buried. One of the eight ...

After Jordan, Lebanon repeals ‘marry the rapist’ law

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Lebanese parliament passed a law to abolish a controversial article which granted rapists an ‘escape’ from prison if they married their victims. Wednesday’s move by the legislature follows years of campaigning against articles dealing with violence against women. The law had been in place since the late 1940s. The Lebanese law stated that rapists are punishable by up to seven years in prison. If the rape victim is a person with a special need, physical or mental, the ...

Lebanese military finds Syrian deaths in custody ‘not a result of violence’

Monday, 24 July 2017

Local Lebanese media reported on Monday that forensic doctors found that the four Syrians who died in the custody of the Lebanese military a few days after their arrest did not die due to violence. Human Rights Watch questioned the findings, as many questions remained unanswered, according to the organization. “Leaking a short summary of the doctors’ report does not address Human Rights Watch findings that photos of the bodies showed marks consistent with torture,” said Nadim ...

HRW: Iran should grant rights groups access to prisons

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Human Rights Watch called on Iran to allow rights groups access to prisons after the country permitted admission to foreign diplomats HRW reported.Iran allowed foreign diplomats 45 minutes of access to Evin prison, known to hold the country’s high-profile political prisoners.However, no political prisoners held after flawed trials, were allowed to hold meetings with any of the diplomats, the organization stated.The visit was claimed “to rebut the false human rights claims made by ...

HRW releases report highlighting workplace bias against women in Iran

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Human Rights Watch released a report lambasting laws and policies that discriminate against women interfere with Iranian women’s right to work.Women confront an array of restrictions, such as on their ability to travel, prohibitions on entering certain jobs, and an absence of basic legal protections, the report said.The 59-page report titled “‘It’s a Men’s Club’: Discrimination Against Women in Iran’s Job Market,” examines in detail the ...

Iraq: Asayish forces charged for expelling the displaced from Kirkuk

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Human Rights Watch accused authorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Kirkuk, of forcing the displaced Sunni Turkmen to leave the city and called on them to “stop annoying them.”The affected population said that the Asayish (Internal Security) forces of the Iraqi KRG had confiscated their identity cards, ration cards and abused them with the intention of forcing them to return to cities under the control of “Shiite units” under the Iraqi government’s ...

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