• Oct 7, 2014
    President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan should delay the execution of five men convicted in a badly flawed trial following the gang rape of four women in Paghman district, near Kabul, Human Rights Watch said today. The men, who were convicted of robbery and extramarital sex (zina), are scheduled to be executed on October 8, 2014.
  • Jun 12, 2014
    The Iranian authorities should quash the death sentences of 33 Sunni Muslim men, including possibly a juvenile offender, convicted of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), and impose an immediate moratorium on all executions, 18 human rights organizations and one prominent human rights lawyer said today. The call comes amid serious concerns about the fairness of the legal proceedings that led to the men’s convictions and the high number of executions reported in Iran during the last year, including the June 1, 2014 hanging of a political dissident, Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, on the same charge.

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Death Penalty

  • Oct 7, 2014
    President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan should delay the execution of five men convicted in a badly flawed trial following the gang rape of four women in Paghman district, near Kabul, Human Rights Watch said today. The men, who were convicted of robbery and extramarital sex (zina), are scheduled to be executed on October 8, 2014.
  • Jun 16, 2014
    There have been some encouraging reforms in Kuwait since its last UPR in 2010. For example, in January 2013 a judicial decision granted women the right to apply for posts as prosecutors, allowing them to therefore enter the career path to become judges eventually. However Kuwait has yet to reform any of the provisions in its personal status laws that discriminate against women.
  • Jun 12, 2014
    The Iranian authorities should quash the death sentences of 33 Sunni Muslim men, including possibly a juvenile offender, convicted of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), and impose an immediate moratorium on all executions, 18 human rights organizations and one prominent human rights lawyer said today. The call comes amid serious concerns about the fairness of the legal proceedings that led to the men’s convictions and the high number of executions reported in Iran during the last year, including the June 1, 2014 hanging of a political dissident, Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, on the same charge.
  • Apr 30, 2014
    Oklahoma should end its failed experiment with the death penalty. On the evening of April 29, 2014, during an attempt to execute Clayton Lockett by lethal injection, he appeared to regain consciousness. Witnesses reported that Lockett began to mumble, calling out “man” and “something’s wrong,” tried to lift his head, and began to go into a seizure. Lockett died of a heart attack 40 minutes after the execution had begun.
  • Apr 29, 2014
    The latest round of death sentences in Egypt – 683, all at once, in one short trial session and one, 15-minute sentencing hearing – is only the tip of the iceberg. The military-backed government’s unchecked repression since it ousted Mohamed Morsy from the presidency last July has created an atmosphere in which no one knows what will happen next and no one is really safe.
  • Mar 24, 2014
    The criminal court in Minya, Egypt sentenced 529 people to death, possibly the largest mass death sentence in recent years anywhere, in a trial lacking basic due process protections.
  • Mar 14, 2014
    Since Iran’s last Universal Periodic Review by the Human Rights Council in 2009, the government’s rights record and its level of cooperation with international rights institutions, particularly organs of the United Nations, has remainedpoor. Some of the thousands of protesters, political opposition members, and activists unlawfully arrested following the 2009 election remain in detention, including opposition figures and former 2009 presidential candidates Mir HosseinMousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Authorities have held Mousavi, Karroubi, and Mousavi’s wife Zahra Rahnavard under house arrest since February 2011 without charge.
  • Mar 12, 2014
    We, the undersigned human rights and civil society groups, are writing to urge your government to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the ongoing 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (“the Council”).
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Iranians are facing serious rights abuses, despite President Hassan Rouhani’s numerous promises to respect people’s rights following his June 14, 2013, electoral victory, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
  • Oct 28, 2013
    Iran should issue an immediate moratorium on executions in light of continued revelations of unlawful or politically motivated executions following flawed trials.