• Oman’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Lyutha Sultan Al-Mughairy (left) deposits the country’s instrument of accession to the Mine Ban Treaty with the UN Office of Legal Affairs head of the Treaty Section Santiago Villalpando on August 20, 2014.
    Oman joined the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines on August 20, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. It is the 8th Arab country and 162nd country worldwide to join. The move should encourage the remaining 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa to join the Mine Ban Treaty and respect its provisions.

Reports

Middle East/N. Africa

  • Aug 25, 2014
    Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip should urgently act to stop executions of Palestinians accused of providing information to the Israeli military and appropriately punish those behind the executions, Human Rights Watch said today. News reports said unidentified gunmen believed to be acting on instructions from Hamas executed three people on August 21, 2014, 18 people on August 22, and four people on August 23.
  • Aug 25, 2014
    Bahrain should provide victims of torture with physical and psychological rehabilitation, Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups said today, based on a letter they sent to King Hamad. In particular, authorities should address the health needs of 13-high profile detainees, some of whom are suffering from the effects of torture by Bahraini interrogators in 2011.
  • Aug 25, 2014
    The undersigned representatives of international human rights organizations write to urge the Bahrain government to comply with its international treaty obligations to provide victims of torture with physical and psychological rehabilitation.
  • Aug 24, 2014
    Oman joined the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines on August 20, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. It is the 8th Arab country and 162nd country worldwide to join. The move should encourage the remaining 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa to join the Mine Ban Treaty and respect its provisions.
  • Aug 21, 2014
    (New York) – Human Rights Watch today issued a clarification about the statements of a witness cited in the August 12, 2014 report, “All According to Plan: The Rab’a Massacre and Mass Killings of Protesters in Egypt.” The clarification concerns the time of day when the witness, Maged Atef, said he witnessed the shooting of a police officer in Rab’a square on August 14, 2013.
  • Aug 21, 2014
    Justice remains elusive for the victims of the chemical weapons attacks on Ghouta, near Damascus, which killed hundreds of people, Human Rights Watch said today, on the anniversary of the August 21, 2013 attacks.
  • Aug 21, 2014
    Ten people whose Bahraini citizenship was withdrawn without due process are facing deportation or jail. They are among 31 people declared stateless in November 2012, allegedly for damaging state security. The others have left the country.
  • Aug 21, 2014
    Saudi Arabia has executed at least 19 people since August 4, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Local news reports indicate that eight of those executed were convicted of nonviolent offenses, seven for drug smuggling and one for sorcery.
  • Aug 20, 2014
    Kuwait’s new telecommunications law gives the government sweeping powers to block content, deny access to the Internet, and revoke licenses without giving reasons. The government should amend the law to limit the restrictions on telecommunication providers and users to no more than what international human rights law permits.
  • Aug 20, 2014
    The execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.