As the emergencies senior researcher in the women's rights division, Samer Muscati monitors and documents women’s rights abuses during human rights crises including situations of armed conflict, massive civilian displacement, and large-scale killings. A lawyer, documentary photographer, and former journalist, Samer has conducted numerous fact-finding missions on issues such as sexual violence and exploitation of Somali women and girls by African Union peacekeepers and other men in uniform; mass abductions of women and girls by the Islamic State in northwest Iraq and Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria; Sexual and gender based violence by South Sudan’s government forces in Unity State; abuses by Syrian government and armed opposition forces against female activists and humanitarian aid providers; the Sudanese government’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling in Blue Nile; female political participation during Libya’s first national election in 40 years; and Canadian police violence against Indigenous women and girls in northern British Columbia.
Previously, as a researcher for the Middle East and North Africa division, Samer monitored, investigated, and documented human rights developments in the region with a specific focus on Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2009, he worked in Baghdad as an adviser supporting the Iraqi government. Samer also photographed and edited testimonials from survivors of sexual violence for a book commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Samer received a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Carleton University, a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a graduate degree in international human rights law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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