• A police trooper walks in a creater caused by an air strike on houses near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, on March 31, 2015.
    The airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that hit a displaced persons’ camp in northern Yemen on March 30, 2015, raised grave concerns about violations of the laws of war. The airstrikes killed at least 29 civilians and wounded 41, including 14 children and 11 women. They hit a medical facility at the camp, a local market, and a bridge, according to initial reports from the World Health Organization.


Middle East/N. Africa

  • May 28, 2015
    The next president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – world football’s governing body – should ensure that future host countries of the World Cup are required to comply with fundamental human rights norms, Human Rights Watch said today. The FIFA presidential election will be held in Zurich on May 29, 2015.
  • May 27, 2015
  • May 26, 2015
    Unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers and migrants unable to find protection close to home or reach safety using legal channels are turning to smugglers and thereby risking, and losing, their lives in the world’s oceans. Instead of mustering life-saving political will, states are responding with a range of policies designed to keep them out and dissuade others from heading their way.
  • May 25, 2015
    The parties to the conflict in Libya should allow civilians safe passage out of neighborhoods in the eastern city of Benghazi and other areas caught up in the hostilities and permit access to deliver food and medical supplies.
  • May 22, 2015
    EU High Representative Federica Mogherini should publicly urge Gulf countries to release immediately and unconditionally activists detained for exercising their rights.
  • May 22, 2015
    On May 14 “Ahmed”, a resident of the southern town of Maan, called and told me that Gendarmerie forces had destroyed part of his house during a raid early that morning.
  • May 21, 2015
    European Union military action against human smuggling networks should not put the lives and rights of migrants and asylum seekers in jeopardy, Human Rights Watch said. The Council of the European Union agreed on May 18 to create a naval operation, dubbed EUNAVFOR Med, to identify, capture, and destroy boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean.
  • May 20, 2015
  • May 19, 2015
    Nine months since the end of major fighting in Gaza, a dispute still rages over how and why so many civilians died – 1,563, according to the United Nations. Israel says it did everything possible to minimize civilian casualties and blames Hamas for deploying its fighters in populated areas. Hamas says that Israel attacked without restraint and even targeted civilians.
  • May 19, 2015
    Separate Israeli Supreme Court decisions issued on May 5, 2015, open the way for state authorities to forcibly evict residents of two Arab villages from their homes. The inhabitants of both villages, one in Israel and the other in the occupied West Bank, have previously been displaced following actions by Israeli authorities.