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Kenyan security laws threaten freedoms - rights groups

2014-12-14 17:59

Kenyan proposals to boost security laws risk returning the country to a 'police state', rights groups say, but the government says they are vital to the nation's protection.

Syrian refugees stranded in minefield

2014-12-03 22:41

Thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded in a Turkish minefield according to rights group HRW.

51 killed in DRC police sweep against gangs – report

2014-11-18 10:21

Human Rights Watch says in a new report that police in DRC’s capital conducted dozens of extrajudicial killings in a three-month crackdown against organised crime gangs.

Indian women die after mass sterilisation

2014-11-11 14:07

Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in a critical condition after a state-run sterilisation programme went wrong.

Indian women die after mass sterilisation

2014-11-11 10:38

Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in a critical condition after a state-run sterilisation programme went wrong.

Concern as Morocco blocks human rights groups

2014-11-07 14:12

Human Rights Watch has expressed concern over Morocco blocking the activities of local and international human rights organisations operating in the country.

Egypt jails eight gay men for three years

2014-11-01 20:06

An Egyptian court has jailed eight men for three years over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding.

Cambodian officers 'kill' anti-logging journalist

2014-10-13 08:41

Two Cambodian police officers and a soldier have been arrested in the murder of a journalist who was investigating illegal logging, local media report.

Ble Goude's militants raped, murdered

2014-09-29 17:42

Men commanded by Charles Ble Goude, henchman to Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, murdered, raped and burned alive hundreds during a post-electoral crisis the ICC has heard.

Streets bustling after Sierra Leone shutdown

2014-09-22 20:31

Streets in Sierra Leone's capital are bustling again after the unprecedented lockdown to slow the spread of Ebola.

Harassment haunts Somalis after Westgate

2014-09-19 10:27

Mass arrests, extortion, deportation: One year since the Westgate mall attack, Somalis in Kenya say the attack has left their community battling harassment and denigration.

Israel likely committed Gaza war crimes - HRW

2014-09-11 14:41
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Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch says, a day after the army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

HRW accuses Israel of forcing migrants out

2014-09-09 20:46

Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of coercing thousands of Sudanese and Eritrean migrants to leave since last year in a report that documented alleged cases of abuse.

Gambia allowed to jail gays for life

2014-09-09 08:36
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Gambia's National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders.

HRW: Amisom raped vulnerable Somalis

2014-09-08 14:43

Internationally-funded AU troops in war-torn Somalia have raped women and traded food aid for sex, Human rights Watch says in a damning report.

Deaths on both sides as Syrian rebels, govt clash

2014-09-02 08:45

Syrian rebels have clashed with government troops in the Golan Heights, with a rights group saying there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures.

HRW urges UN probe of 'systematic' Egypt killings

2014-08-13 13:14

The killing of hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators at two protest camps last year was systematic, ordered by top officials and probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch says, calling for a UN inquiry.

Top Egypt officials accused of war crimes: HRW

2014-08-12 13:32

Human Rights Watch has accused top officials in Egypt of likely 'crimes against humanity' in a August 2013 crackdown, in which hundreds of protesters were killed.

Ugandan anti-gay law overturn win for president

2014-08-07 11:26

Uganda's overturning of anti-gay laws is a win not a defeat for President Yoweri Museveni, analysts say, with the veteran leader thawing donor relations while burnishing a strongman image at home.

Iraq forces executed 250 Sunni prisoners - HRW

2014-07-11 22:26

Iraq's security forces and allied Shi'ite militias have executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch says.

Morocco urged to stop jailing gays

2014-07-07 23:14

Human Rights Watch has urged Morocco to stop prosecuting and jailing people for their sexual orientation.

Ethiopian Muslims protest

2014-07-04 22:34

Hundreds of Muslims protesters have demonstrated in Ethiopia, demanding the release of 17 of their leaders.

IS must free Kurdish schoolboys held in Syria - HRW

2014-07-01 12:33

Jihadists from the Islamic State must free some 133 Kurdish schoolboys kidnapped in Syria a month ago, Human Rights Watch says.

Ivory, charcoal funds criminal, terror groups

2014-06-25 06:46

Illegal charcoal, logging, ivory trading finances criminal and terrorist groups a UN group says.

 

China bans organ harvesting of executed prisoners

2014-12-04 16:33

China will completely ban the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners from next year, state media report.

Rights groups slam Egypt over death sentences

2014-12-03 16:03

Global rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have slammed Egypt over the mass death sentencing of 188 Islamists.

Joost sex video stripper caught with CAT. What is it?

2014-11-12 10:31

Eight women have died in India and dozens more are in a critical condition after a state-run sterilisation programme went wrong.

Justice crucial to Mali peace

2014-11-11 05:37

Human Rights Watch has criticised a draft agreement to bring peace to conflict-hit Mali, saying the deal would not provide justice for abuses committed by all sides.

Group: Uganda reprisal attacks after tribal killings

2014-11-05 14:43

Ugandan security forces committed “reprisal killings” in a remote mountain region earlier this year to crush tribal clashes, HRW says, highlighting reports of torture and mass graves.

Foreign maids endure abuse in UAE - HRW

2014-10-23 15:24

Foreign maids from impoverished countries endure physical, sexual and emotional abuse in the United Arab Emirates, trapped by a system that denies them protection, an international rights group says.

Demobilised fighters in DRC camp starve to death

2014-10-01 21:07

More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their family members have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nepal must scrap 35 day limit on reporting rapes

2014-09-23 14:37

Nepal must scrap a 35-day time limit for reporting rapes that prevents victims from seeking justice, HRW says in a report on wartime sexual violence in the Himalayan nation.

Liberia women, children bear brunt of Ebola

2014-09-19 12:55

The Ebola virus continues to spread devastation in Liberia, and with more than 2 600 people dead so far, women and children are bearing the brunt of the epidemic.

Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

2014-09-15 14:51

An appeals court has sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault against an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul.

Gambia urged to drop life sentences for gays

2014-09-10 21:09

Rights campaigners have called for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to reject proposals by lawmakers to introduce a punishment of life in prison for aggravated homosexuality.

Israel illegally coerces migrants to leave: HRW

2014-09-09 16:19

Israel has illegally coerced almost 7 000 African migrants into returning to their home countries, where some face persecution, Human Rights Watch says.

Libya militia attacks amount to war crimes - HRW

2014-09-08 20:31

Libya militia which fought fierce five-week battle for control of Tripoli’s international airport committed "war crimes" against civilians, HRW says.

Islamists massacre 770 Iraqi captives

2014-09-03 19:43

HRW has accused Islamic State (ISIS) militants of the mass killing up to 770 captured Iraqi soldiers.

Kenya's anti-terror police killing suspects: HRW

2014-08-18 13:09

Kenya's anti-terrorism police have carried out a series of killings and 'enforced disappearances' following a string of attacks in the country, Human Rights Watch says.

UN threatens S Sudan leaders with sanctions

2014-08-13 10:15

The UN has warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.

HRW chiefs denied entry to Egypt - staff

2014-08-11 09:47

The executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member have been denied entry to Egypt for "security reasons" after being held at the Cairo airport for 12 hours, two of the group's staff says.

Syrian women, children held hostage for a year

2014-08-06 15:14
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Syrian fighters have held 54 women and children hostage for an entire year, a rights group says, urging they be freed and warning that holding civilians can amount to a war crime.

Uganda anti-gay ruling criticised as 'flawed'

2014-07-11 15:42

Human Rights Watch is criticising a Ugandan court's decision against gay activists who sued a Ugandan official for violating their rights.

Ethiopian opposition chief faces death

2014-07-07 21:18

An Ethiopian opposition leader with British citizenship faces the death sentence after being extradited to Addis Ababa.

DRC: Peacekeepers regret failing to stop massacre

2014-07-04 10:04

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC says he is sorry his forces reacted too slowly to prevent a massacre in the east of the country in June.

ISIL mass executions in Iraq's Tikrit

2014-06-27 22:31

Photograph and satellite imagery indicate that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant insurgents have carried out mass executions in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit. (VIDEO)

Uganda: US sanctions hit vulnerable hardest

2014-06-23 12:36

Uganda has warned that US sanctions slapped on the country over its tough anti-gay laws would harm the “most vulnerable” in the country.

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