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Police, Civil Servants Detained Incommunicado in Ghazni, Malistan, Kandahar

(New York) – Taliban forces advancing in Ghazni, Kandahar, and other Afghan provinces have summarily executed detained soldiers, police, and civilians with alleged ties to the Afghan government, Human Rights Watch said today. Residents from various…

Amid Persistent Abuses by All Sides, Talks Shouldn’t Endanger Freedoms

(New York) – Afghan government and Taliban officials meeting in Doha, Qatar for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations should publicly commit to uphold international human rights, including women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The United…
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center left, wears a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, on the last day of an Afghan Loya Jirga or traditional council, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, August 9, 2020. © 2020 AP Photos

Trump Executive Order Seeks to Thwart Justice for Victims

(Washington, DC) – The Trump administration’s announced action against the International Criminal Court (ICC) escalates its efforts to thwart justice for victims of serious crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 11, 2020, President Donald…
Illustration of the scales of justice replaced by two people shackled by their wrists and dangling in the air.

Ensure Due Process, Victim Role in War Crimes Trial

(New York) – The Afghan government should bring appropriate war crimes charges against Aslam Farooqi, leader of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS), for his alleged role in directing attacks…
The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) released this image of Abdullah Orakzai, also known as Aslam Farooqi, the leader of an ISIS affiliate. © 2020 National Directorate of Security

ABC Investigation Exposes Alleged 2012 War Crimes in Afghanistan

(Sydney) – Australia’s Defence Department should reexamine previously dismissed cases of alleged summary executions and other war crimes in Afghanistan in light of new evidence, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Defence…
Australian SAS search operation in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, in May 2012. Screenshot from ABC News, Four Corners, March 16, 2020.

Member Countries Should Strongly Support Court’s Independence

The International Criminal Court (ICC) decision to approve an investigation in Afghanistan gives atrocity victims hope for future justice, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 5, 2020, ICC appeals chamber judges unanimously approved…
A member of the Afghan security forces stands at the site of a truck bomb attack in Kabul, May 31, 2017.

Victims Denied Path to Justice; Decision Benefits Obstructionist States

  (The Hague) – The decision by International Criminal Court (ICC) judges not to open a formal investigation into alleged grave crimes in Afghanistan denies the country’s victims a path to justice, Human Rights Watch…
The Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.
This potential investigation sounds like big news, especially if alleged US crimes are examined. What kinds of crimes have taken place in Afghanistan since 2003? The prosecutor said she is seeking permission to investigate alleged crimes against…
Afghan family leaves site of attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 22, 2016. © 2016 Reuters

Could Bring Victims Long Overdue Path to Justice

(Brussels) – The International Criminal Court prosecutor’s request for an investigation in Afghanistan on November 20, 2017, could begin a long overdue path to justice for victims of grave international crimes, Human Rights Watch said…

Strong Action Needed to Back-Up Court Ruling

(Brussels) – International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries should address the court’s finding of obstruction by Kenya in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Human Rights Watch said today. An ICC trial chamber on September 19, 2016 referred a…

Cooperate With International Criminal Court Inquiry

(Kabul) – The Afghan government should deliver on promises to cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s ongoing analysis of the grave crimes committed in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch and the Transitional Justice Coordination…
President Ashraf Ghani attends Afghan Independence Day celebrations in Kabul on August 19, 2015.

Witness Interference Undermined Trial

(Brussels) – Efforts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring to justice those responsible for Kenya’s deadly 2007-2008 election violence have been marred by what the court previously suggested was systematic interference with witnesses, Human…

Prosecution Withdraws Kenyatta Charges

(Brussels) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) action to drop charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya sets back efforts to end the country’s entrenched culture of impunity, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 3, 2014, the ICC’s…

Finding Should Trigger Full Analysis, Fact-Finding Mission

The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should expedite its preliminary inquiry on grave international crimes committed in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. In its November 2013 Report on Preliminary Examination…

Ensure Tolerance for Free Speech, Activism

(Nairobi) – Attacks and threats against human rights defenders are on the rise in Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. Harassment of people perceived to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy…

Court to Address Deadly 2007-2008 Election Violence

(The Hague) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Kenya’s deputy president is an important stage in determining responsibility for post-election atrocities that brought the country to the brink of civil war, Human Rights Watch said today.…

Protect Free Speech, Carry Out Reforms

(Nairobi) – Kenya’s new administration should take urgent steps in four key areas to address longstanding human rights challenges, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The administration should ensure that abusive security forces are held…

Cooperate With ICC, Protect Bill of Rights

(Nairobi) – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, who are being sworn in April 9, 2013, should ensure full cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today. Their new government should also…

Reaffirm Support for Hague Trials While Pursuing Justice at Home

(Nairobi) – The Kenyan government should reaffirm its commitment to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in cases stemming from the 2007-2008 post-election violence, while establishing a local judicial mechanism to investigate and…

National Authorities Should Investigate Threats, Bring Others to Justice

(Brussels) – The decision on January 23, 2012 of an International Criminal Court (ICC) pre-trial chamber to send cases to trial against four Kenyans opens the door to justice for victims of Kenya’s 2007-2008 election violence, Human Rights Watch said…