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Evictions, Detentions Amount to Collective Punishment

Update: Human Rights Watch received reports on July 17, 2017, that local authorities in Bartala facilitated the transfer of families out of the “rehabilitation camp” to regular  camps for displaced people in the area, and closed the camp. This was a…
Bartalla Camp.

Forced Returns, Threats Amount to Collective Punishment

(Beirut) – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) forces have expelled at least four Yezidi families and threatened others since June 2017 because of their relatives’ participation in Iraqi government forces, Human Rights Watch said today. The KRG’s security…
A Yezidi fighter in Sinjar, Iraq, November 16, 2015.

Civilians Deprived of Food, Aid

Update: Following the publication of Human Rights Watch’s report “Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Thousands Fleeing Kept Waiting Near Front Line” on June 21, 2017, Human Rights Watch received the following statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government.  …
Peshmerga forces stand guard at a checkpoint in northern Iraq.

Facing Danger, and Lacking Food, Water, Health Care

(Beirut) – The Iraqi army and other local security forces have forced over 300 displaced families to return to west Mosul neighborhoods still under risk of attack by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. The families, who…
A camp resident talks to a member of the Iraqi forces after his arrival at Hammam al-Alil camp south of west Mosul, Iraq May 10, 2017.

Troops Force Residents Out, Demolish Homes

(Erbil) – Iraqi forces have forcibly displaced at least 125 families said to have familial ties to affiliates of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today.
 Sunni tribal groups (known as the Hashad al-Asha'ri), within the…
Residents of Shahama camp speak with relatives through the camp fence.
The 16-year-old boy had been following us last week as we made our way through Nargizlia. It is one of the most recent additions to the camps housing the 160,000 people who have fled the fighting as the Iraqi government tries to retake Mosul, its second…
Civilians, who fled from clashes, walk in the street during a battle with Islamic State militants, in Sukar neighborhood east of Mosul, Iraq, January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
The European Union has provided significant funding to the Greek government, and to United Nations and nongovernmental agencies, to operate the centers on the Greek eastern Aegean islands, known as “hotspots,” and camps on the mainland. But asylum seekers…

Robbed Them of Village’s Flock of Sheep

(Beirut) – A prominent group within the Iraqi government-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), detained and beat shepherds, including a boy, from a village near Mosul on November 3, 2016, on suspicion of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) affiliation…