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# Human Rights Watch

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# Afghanistan
Taliban reject claims of 'summary killings' of ex-security forces
Allied Western countries called on the Taliban to end the targeted killings of former members of Afghan security forces.
# Intellectual Property
Explainer: Why is India calling for IP rules around Covid vaccines to be waived?
The World Trade Organization will meet again today to discuss the proposal.
# Palestine
Israel committing 'crime of apartheid' against Palestinians, NGO says
Human Rights Watch said Israel is “committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution” against Palestinians.
# rohingya
1,500 Rohingya refugees sent to isolated island off Bangladesh
The never before inhabited island has been designed to take up to 100,000 refugees.
# China
Nobel Peace Prize winner released from Chinese prison after 8 years with late-stage cancer
Liu Xiaobo was sentenced in 2009 for “subversion” after spearheading a bold petition for democratic reforms.
# War on Terror
Is the UK taking a step back from human rights protections?
Theresa May is talking about ‘ripping up’ human rights laws – so how important is it that she doesn’t?
# Human Rights
'Men subjected to these gay purges have endured a gruesome ordeal in Chechnya'
The Kremlin is said to be taking its investigation into the anti-gay “purge” seriously.
# Torture
'My buttocks were raw and oozing pus': Abuse at China's unofficial detention centres
The centres are part of an anti-corruption campaign -and more than 15 officials have reportedly died from abuse.
# Fallujah
People in Islamic State controlled city forced to eat "soups made from grass"
Human Rights Watch has called for Iraq to allow aid to reach starving residents of the city.
# Italy
'Long and passionate' gay kiss labelled breach of the peace
‘The charges would be laughable if they didn’t reflect exactly the anti-gay sentiment the activists are fighting.’
# Terrorism
FBI "may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals", says rights report
HRW and Columbia Law School report says US law enforcement effectively participated in developing terrorism plots for prosecution.
# barrel bomb
There is "strong evidence" that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in attacks on rebels
Human Rights Watch say that barrel bombs embedded with cylinders of chlorine gas were dropped on three towns.
# Afghanistan
Death by stoning may return as punishment for adultery in Afghanistan
The penalty for married adulterers, as well as 100 lashes by whip for unmarried offenders, appears in a draft revision of the country’s penal code.
# Egypt
Human rights group slams authorities over Egypt protest deaths
At least 71 people were killed in Cairo alone yesterday morning.
# Sharia Law
Saudi Arabia beheads man convicted of killing his relative
Awad Rawili stabbed to death Jazaa Rawili, a relative, during an argument. He was executed in the northern city of Araar.
# Child Abuse
Indian child sex victims ‘mistreated, humiliated’ – report
The report found that children who complain of sexual abuse are often dismissed or ignored by police and other officials.
# Sochi 2014
Reports of migrant worker abuses at Sochi Olympic sites
A year before the games, Human Rights Watch has published a report which details the abuse of workers.
# Egypt
Protests as Egyptian panel adopts draft constitution
Concerns have been raised about the content of the constitution and its potential restriction on freedom of expression.
# Libya
Evidence of mass murder after Gaddafi's death
A new Human Rights Watch report suggests opposition militias summarily executed at least 66 captured members of Gaddafi’s convoy in the late dictator’s hometown of Sirte.
# Waterboarding
New report alleges Gaddafi's enemies were waterboarded by CIA
Human Rights Watch are alleging that at least one opponent of Muammar Gaddafi was waterboarded during George Bush’s presidency.
# Greece
Far right political party tries to set up 'Greek only' blood bank
Meanwhile Human Rights Watch has identified a ‘rising wave of xenophobic attacks’.
# Syria
27 "torture centres" revealed in Syria
There are 27 torture centres in the country where people have been beaten and ill-treated – which points to a state policy of torture, Human Rights Watch has said.
# Syria
VIDEO: Syrian government forces accused of war crimes in Idlib
Human rights group says soldiers carried out summary executions and targeted civilians.
# Blood Diamonds
Taylor verdict hailed a 'victory for victims'
Human rights groups call for better reparations for victims and for more perpetrators to be brought to justice.
# Syria
Syrian security forces 'using human shields'
Human Rights Watch says Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court after accounts of soldiers forcing people to act as shields.
# Syria
Syria conflict now the biggest problem facing world - Ban Ki-moon
Rebels were yesterday forced out of one eastern city by regime forces and artillery, as a group warned of serious human rights abuses.
# Syria
Syrian forces laying mines along refugee routes to Turkey - report
Human Rights Watch says witnesses have seen the Syrian army laying the mines along the borders with Turkey and Lebanon.
# Child Soldiers
‘For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe’ – HRW report
The rights group has criticised all sides of the Somali conflict of recruiting child soldiers and failing to adequately protect children.
# Women in Sport
Saudi Arabia in breach of Olympic charter, says rights group
Human Rights Watch says the kingdom is effectively operating a ban against women in sports.
# Palestine
Rights group calls on Israel to end Palestinian residency restrictions
In its latest report, Human Rights Watch says that control of the population registry is forcing families apart.
# Syria
Syrian soldiers name officials 'responsible for' torture and killings: report
Human Rights Watch is urging the ICC to investigate alleged human rights abuses in a new report that details incidents of torture and summary execution.
# DR Congo
18 people killed in Congo election, says rights group
At least 18 people have been killed and 100 seriously injured in election violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Human Rights Watch.
# Egypt
In pictures: Fifth day of violence rocks Cairo, Alexandria
Crowds continue to press for the immediate transfer of power from the country’s military rulers to an interim civilian council.
# Rendition
Documents reveal Gaddafi regime's ties to CIA
The US’s Central Intelligence Agency worked closely with the Gaddafi regime in the rendition of terror suspects, documents show.
# Somalia
All sides to blame in Somali disaster, says human rights group
In its latest report, Human Rights Watch says that government troops,
Fears for thousands of civilians trapped in besieged Libyan city
An aid ship sent to rescue desperate civilians from the conflict-torn city of Misrata was forced to leave thousands of injured women and children behind yesterday – amongst heavy bombardment and sniper fire.
Gaddafi 'using cluster bombs on his own people' in Libya
The accusation comes as NATO foreign ministers reached another stalemate over air support for Libyan rebels on Friday.
# China
Is China using the Middle East as a smokescreen to gag dissenters?
A significant number of human rights activists have disappeared in recent weeks – and some suspect state involvement.
# Libya
Libyan official lands in Cairo with Gaddafi message
Egyptian airport officials say Libyan military official who arrived in Cairo this afternoon is carrying a message from Muammar Gaddafi.