• Jun 8, 2015
    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt has presided over the flagrant abuse of human rights since taking office a year ago pledging to restore stability. Violence by armed groups and the government has escalated.
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  • Jun 4, 2015
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  • Jun 3, 2015

    The Syrian government renewed its use of apparent toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks in Idlib governorate in April and May 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch interviewed local doctors and first aid responders to the sites of three attacks and analyzed photographs and videos of weapon remnants. The attacks were in violation of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, the laws of armed conflict, and a 2015 United Nations Security Council resolution.

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  • Jun 3, 2015
    Jordanian authorities have severely restricted informal border crossings in the eastern part of the country since late March, 2015, stranding hundreds of Syrians in remote desert areas just inside Jordan’s border.
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  • Jun 2, 2015
    Tunisia’s new law creating a body to oversee the functioning of the judicial system does not guarantee the body’s full independence from the executive. Tunisian authorities should propose amendments to change provisions that could allow continued political interference in the courts.
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  • Jun 2, 2015
    Ten-month prison sentences for a man and a woman for adultery, confirmed on appeal on May 27, 2015, are the disturbing outcome of a Moroccan adultery law that violates basic rights and a prosecution that appears politically-motivated. The case is the latest in a pattern of trials in Morocco with a political hue that fall short of due process and fair trial standards.
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  • Jun 1, 2015
    Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany should tell visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that closer ties between Germany and Egypt require addressing pervasive human rights violations by his government, Human Rights Watch and four other international rights organizations said in a June 1, 2015 letter to the chancellor. President al-Sisi is scheduled to confer with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin on June 3.
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  • Jun 1, 2015
    Saudi authorities have already carried out 90 executions since the beginning of 2015, more than the 88 for all of 2014. Forty-one of the ninety people executed since the start of 2015 were sentenced for non-violent drug offenses.
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  • May 31, 2015
    Banned cluster munitions have wounded civilians including a child in attacks in Houthi-controlled territory in northern Yemen.
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  • May 29, 2015
    Iraqi authorities are preventing thousands of families fleeing the fighting in Ramadi from reaching safer parts of the country. The government of Iraq has primary responsibility for protecting internally displaced people and should allow those fleeing danger in Ramadi or elsewhere to enter safer areas.
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