• Feb 22, 2009
    Press release
    Israel continues to obstruct independent investigations into allegations of laws of war violations by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas military forces in Gaza by preventing independent human rights monitors from entering Gaza.
  • Feb 10, 2009

    A failure by the EU to seek accountability for perpetrators of war crimes in the Middle East risks undermining international criminal law. This is equally valid for Israel and Hamas.

  • Feb 6, 2009
    Q & A
    On December 27, 2008, Israel began an extensive military operation in the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of suppressing rocket attacks into Israel by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups.
  • Jan 7, 2009
    Press release
    The United Nations Security Council, meeting on January 7, 2009 in a high-level emergency session, should establish a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged laws-of-war violations in Gaza.
  • Dec 30, 2008
    Press release
    Israel and Hamas both must respect the prohibition under the laws of war against deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians.
  • Jan 30, 2008
    Press release
    The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2008. By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and political rights that make democracy meaningful, the United States, the European Union and other influential democracies risk undermining human rights worldwide.
  • Jan 25, 2008
    Press release
    This week’s Gaza-Egypt border breach temporarily eased the humanitarian impact of Israel’s blockade, but Israel as the occupying power remains responsible for the well-being of Gaza’s 1.4 million residents, Human Rights Watch said today. Gazans remain almost completely dependent on Israel for fuel, electricity, medicine, food, and other essential commodities.
  • Jun 26, 2002
    Press release
    Amnesty International Belgique, Avocats sans Frontières, la Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme (FIDH), Human Rights Watch, Liga voor Mensenrechten, la Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, à l'occasion du prononcé des arrêts Sharon et Gbagbo par la Chambre des Mises en Accusation de Bruxelles ce jour, expriment leurs vives préoccupations quant à l'interprétation de la loi de compétence universelle du 16 juin 1993, en calquant son interprétation sur celle de l'arrêt du 16 avril 2002 sur Yerodia.
  • Jun 22, 2001
    Press release
    A criminal investigation into Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon´s role in the massacre of civilians in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla should be launched, Human Rights Watch urged.
  • Oct 6, 2000
    Press release
    Human Rights Watch urged the United Nations Security Council to take steps to set up an independent and impartial investigation into human rights violations in the conduct of Israeli and Palestinian security forces in the clashes that have claimed nearly eighty lives in just over a week. The high proportion of civilians among those killed and badly wounded, including children and medical personnel, has led to charges of excessive and indiscriminate use of force.