Demonstration in Banjul, Gambia against sexual violence | AFP

People in Banjul, Gambia, mobilise to demonstrate against sexual violence after Human Rights Watch reported that former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh ‘handpicked’ women to sexually assault and abuse. The investigation, by HRW and a Swiss NGO, TRIAL international, is based on evidence from several women, eight former Gambian officials and several other witnesses, they said. IMAGES

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Iraqi authorities torture underage ISIS suspects – HRW

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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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Electric shocks & tires: Tahrir al-Sham terrorists torture civilians in Idlib – HRW (DISTURBING)

A chilling report by Human Rights Watch says Hayet Tahrir Al-Sham, an armed group with links to Al-Qaeda, has detained and tortured civilians in Syria. The organization has also released the testimonies of several victims. You might find some of them upsetting.

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‘Confess you were with ISIS, even if you weren’t’: Kurdish govt accused of torturing children

Human Rights Watch is accusing the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq of torturing children, forcing them to confess their affiliation with Islamic State.

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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.

Saudi crackdown: Women’s rights activists arrested in Saudi Arabia

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty international are reporting that two prominent women’s rights activists have been arrested in Saudi Arabia.

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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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