• An officer from the Egyptian Central Security Forces (CSF) takes aim at a crowd of retreating protesters as security forces disperse the Rab’a sit-in on August 14, 2013.
    The systematic and widespread killing of at least 1,150 demonstrators by Egyptian security forces in July and August 2013 probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today in a report based on a year-long investigation. In the August 14 dispersal of the Rab’a al-Adawiya sit-in alone, security forces, following a plan that envisioned several thousand deaths, killed a minimum of 817 people and more likely at least 1,000.

Reports

Middle East/N. Africa

  • Aug 12, 2014
    Nidal, a 36-year old Palestinian has been stranded in a Syrian village near the Jordanian border with four of his siblings since February. Jordan deported them, confiscating their identity documents, leaving them no option but to stay in a conflict zone. They rely on the charity of local residents to survive.
  • Aug 12, 2014
    The systematic and widespread killing of at least 1,150 demonstrators by Egyptian security forces in July and August 2013 probably amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today in a report based on a year-long investigation. In the August 14 dispersal of the Rab’a al-Adawiya sit-in alone, security forces, following a plan that envisioned several thousand deaths, killed a minimum of 817 people and more likely at least 1,000.
  • Aug 11, 2014
    I am writing to express Human Rights Watch’s concerns about serious violations of the laws of war by Israeli forces and by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in the fighting that began in July, violations that in some cases amount to war crimes. Our findings are based on research and analysis undertaken by Human Rights Watch staff in Israel and Gaza.
  • Aug 11, 2014
    Egyptian authorities refused to allow Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth and Middle East and North Africa Director Sarah Leah Whitson to enter Egypt on August 10, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Roth and Whitson were to brief diplomats and journalists in Cairo on a 188-page Human Rights Watch report on the mass killings in Egypt in July and August 2013.
  • Aug 10, 2014
    Kuwaiti authorities have stripped five critics of their citizenship as part of a wider crackdown on people seeking reform. The Kuwaiti government should immediately restore their citizenship and end the practice.
  • Aug 10, 2014
    Damaging or destroying a power plant, even if it also served a military purpose, would be an unlawful disproportionate attack under the laws of war, causing far greater civilian harm than military gain.
  • Aug 9, 2014
    I visited a Yezidi village south of Dohuk last Wednesday -- a magnet for 60,000 to 70,000 Yezidis fleeing fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS).
  • Aug 7, 2014
    Jordan refuses entry to or forcibly deports Palestinian refugees escaping Syria, in clear breach of its international obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Jordan has officially banned entry to Palestinians from Syria since January 2013 and has forcibly deported over 100 who managed to enter the country since mid-2012, including women and children.
  • Aug 5, 2014
    Non-state armed groups should immediately release the at least 54 women and children they have held hostage since opening a military offensive in rural Latakia governorate over one year ago, on August 4, 2013.
  • Aug 4, 2014
    United Arab Emirates authorities are failing to respond adequately to reports of domestic violence. The UAE should revise its laws to recognize domestic violence as a crime, and take immediate steps to prevent abuse and punish those responsible for domestic violence.