• Feb 24, 2015
    The Syrian government has carried out hundreds of new indiscriminate attacks over the past year with air-delivered munitions, including improvised weapons such as barrel bombs. The attacks have had a devastating impact on civilians, killing or injuring thousands of people.
    Press release
  • Jan 6, 2015
    Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany should press Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk to ensure that Ukrainian forces take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians.
    Press release
  • Dec 19, 2014
    Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine.
    Press release
  • Dec 2, 2014
    Landmines placed decades ago by the Turkish military have killed at least three civilians trying to flee Syria and injured at least nine others. The landmines, in a restricted zone along the border with Syria, threaten thousands more Syrian refugees.
    Press release
  • Nov 14, 2014
    Countries at an international conference on conventional weapons agreed on November 14, 2014, to further discuss concerns raised about fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” Human Rights Watch said today. However, greater urgency is needed to address the threat these weapons pose.
    Press release
  • Nov 11, 2014
    Evidence of the use of incendiary weapons in Ukraine and Syria highlights the need for stricter law to govern these weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
    Press release
  • Nov 5, 2014
    Credible evidence has emerged showing that one or more militia groups have used antipersonnel landmines during the armed conflict involving a Zintan alliance and the Libya Dawn alliance at Tripoli Airport in July and August 2014.
    Press release
  • Oct 20, 2014
    Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October, 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes.
    Press release
  • Oct 6, 2014
    Two recent policy statements bring the United States closer to aligning its policy with the 1997 treaty banning landmines, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing a question-and-answer document about the policy changes.
    Press release
  • Sep 23, 2014
    The Obama administration’s commitment to stop using antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world except in the Korean Peninsula is a positive step, but doesn’t go far enough to join the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today.
    Press release