Iraqi children say they were tortured for alleged IS ties

Teenagers suspected of ties to the Islamic State group recount their experience being detained by Iraqi authorities, in footage provided by Human Rights Watch. The rights group said Wednesday “the screening, investigation, and prosecution of children as IS suspects by Iraqi and KRG (Kurdish Regional Authorities) authorities is deeply flawed, often leading to arbitrary detention and unfair trials,” using flimsy accusations or confessions obtained through torture.

Ex-Costa Rican president accused of assaults

Emma Daly, communications director for Human Rights Watch, says former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias groped her in a hotel lobby in Nicaragua in 1990 when she was working as a young journalist based in Costa Rica. (Feb. 7)

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Rights group comments on jailing of journalists in Myanmar

Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson, considers the verdict jailing two Reuters journalists for seven years in Myanmar is “clearly intended to intimidate other Burmese journalists”. They were accused of breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law while reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in a case that fuelled international outrage a week after the army was accused of genocide.

HRW discusses Saudi lifting ban on women drivers

Hiba Zayadin, the acting Saudi researcher at Human Rights Watch, gives an interview in Amman on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia following the lifting of the driving-ban for women.

Human Rights Watch Blasts Trump On Withdrawal

Human Rights Watch is blasting the U.S. decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. The executive director also chastised the administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the southern U.S. border. (June 20)

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