Sudan: UN/AU Plan for Darfur Falls Short

Expand United Nations Mission in Darfur peacekeepers stand guard in Shagra village, North Darfur, October 18, 2012.  © 2012 Reuters (New York, March 16, 2020) – The proposal by the United Nations and the African Union to limit the UN’s protection role in Sudan threatens the safety and security of civilians in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said […]

Bangladesh Lawmakers Openly Call for Extrajudicial Executions

Expand Bangladeshis hold photos of missing relatives during a press meeting in Dhaka on December 4, 2018.  Hundreds joined in the protest demanding justice for the victims.  © 2018 Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP/ Getty Images In Bangladesh, people who question the government’s increasingly authoritarian rule fear they may be next in line to be […]

Yemen: Riyadh Agreement Ignores Rights Abuses

Expand Yemeni Southern Transitional Council member and former Aden Governor Nasser al-Khabji, left, and Yemen’s deputy Prime Minister Salem al-Khanbashi greet each other before signing a power-sharing deal witnessed by Yemen’s president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, background right, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center, and Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, […]

Iraq: Security Forces Attack Medics Treating Protesters

Expand Security forces smashed the windows and mirrors of an ambulance that had been transporting injured protesters to hospital in Baghdad on October 25. © Private   (Beirut) – Iraqi security forces have attacked medical workers for treating protesters since protests began on October 25, 2019, firing on medical workers, tents, and ambulances with teargas […]

Iraq: Teargas Cartridges Killing Protesters

Expand Protesters in Tahrir Square arrange the tear gas canisters that security forces fired at them in Tahrir Square in different patriotic constellations. © 2019 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – Security forces have fired teargas cartridges directly at protesters in Baghdad, Iraq on numerous occasions since protests resumed on October 25, 2019, killing at […]

Lebanon: Protect Protesters from Attacks

Expand Violent groups attacked anti-government protesters and torched their tents in downtown Beirut, Lebanon on October 29, 2019. © 2019 IBRAHIM AMRO/AFP via Getty Images (Beirut) – Lebanese security forces have failed to stop attacks on peaceful demonstrators by men armed with sticks, metal rods, and sharp objects, Human Rights Watch said today. The security […]

UN Should Focus on Protester Deaths in Iraq Rights Review

Expand Iraqi security forces fire tear gas to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.  © (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) Today the UN Human Rights Council will hold a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session to examine Iraq’s human rights records. The rash of killings of protestors by Iraqi security forces over the […]

Uganda: Security Forces Attack Students, Journalists

Expand The campus of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. © 2019 Oryem Nyeko for Human Rights Watch (Kampala) – The Ugandan police and military have cracked down on student protests over fee increases at Makerere University in Kampala on multiple occasions since October 22, 2019. The security forces have fired teargas into student residences, raided […]

Afghanistan: CIA-Backed Forces Commit Atrocities

Expand A car burned during a raid by the Khost Protection Force in Tani district, Khost province, Afghanistan, July 28, 2019. © 2019 Stefanie Glinski (New York) – United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed Afghan forces have committed summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These strike forces have unlawfully […]

How Far Will Sisi’s Government Go to Crush Protests?

Expand Protesters chant slogans against the government in Cairo, Egypt, September 21, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty Time and again, Egyptian security forces have responded to peaceful protests with harsh oppression. Rare public protests this weekend were met with tear gas, the firing of live bullets, and mass arrests. Lawyers in Cairo talk of […]