Saudi Arabia: Prince in Incommunicado Detention

November 4, 2019 Video Saudi Arabia: Change Comes with Punishing Cost Arrests, Torture, Murder Accompany Reforms (Beirut) – Saudi authorities detained Prince Faisal bin Abdullah Al Saud, a son of the late King Abdullah and former head of the Saudi Red Crescent Society, on March 27, 2020 and have since apparently held him incommunicado, Human […]

Jordan: Free Speech Threats Under Covid-19 Response

Expand Jordanian police personnel guard at a checkpoint during the second day of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan.   © 2020 Reuters (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have arrested media workers and others and issued a vaguely worded emergency decree that could chill online discussion about Jordan’s […]

UAE: Unrelenting Harassment of Dissidents’ Families

Expand UAE flag with Dubai skyline © 2019 Getty Images (Beirut) – The United Arab Emirates state security apparatus has targeted dozens of relatives of detained Emirati dissidents and of dissidents living abroad, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented the targeting of relatives of eight UAE dissidents. These include dissidents who have […]

Another Unexplained Death in Pakistan Police Custody

While robbing a cash machine in Faisalabad, Pakistan, last week, Salahuddin Ayubi cheekily stuck his tongue out at the surveillance camera. His act got him a lot of media attention – and got him arrested on August 30.  Expand A police officer is framed by the architecture of Lahore’s Badshahi Mosque while standing guard during […]

Lebanon: Migrant Family Detained

Expand People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters (Beirut) – Lebanon’s General Security has detained a Sudanese-Sri Lankan family of seven, including four children under age 18, threatening to deport the parents to different countries for lacking residency papers, the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM), Amnesty […]

Afghanistan: Special Forces Raid Medical Clinic

Expand Afghan special forces attend their graduation ceremony after a 6-month training program in Kabul. © 2018 Rahmat Gul/AP Photo (Kabul) – Afghan special forces raided a medical clinic in Wardak province on the night of July 8-9, 2019, and executed four civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. Afghan authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack and appropriately prosecute […]

Kyrgyzstan: Pressure Builds to Protect Women and Girls

Expand Burulai Turdaaly kyzy’s portrait on a building at the medical college she attended in Bishkek, November 2018. © 2018 Gulzhan Turdubaeva/Radio Free Europe/RL (Bishkek) – The failure of Kyrgyzstan’s government to prevent and punish violence against women and girls leaves them at risk of injury and even death, Human Rights Watch said today, a […]

UAE: Eight Lebanese Face Unfair Trial

Expand The Abu Dhabi Federal Supreme Court.  © 2011 Reuters/Nikhil Monteiro   (Beirut) – Emirati authorities detained eight Lebanese nationals for more than a year without charge in an unknown location, ill-treating them and denying them their due process rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Their trial, which began on February 13, 2019, continues to […]