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Afghanistan considers public stoning for adulterers

Kabul — Afghanistan is considering bringing back stoning for adultery, Human Rights Watch and the justice ministry said Monday, possibly restoring a punishment in force during the Taliban’s brutal regime. The penalty for married adulterers, along with flogging for unmarried offenders, appears in a draft revision of the country’s penal…

Human Rights Watch urges Israel to stop displacing Bedouins

Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged Israel to stop trying to displace Bedouin families in the West Bank, where the army last week manhandled European diplomats on an aid mission. “The Israeli military should end its unjustified attempts to forcibly remove a decades-old community,” the New York-based watchdog’s Middle East…

Human rights group demands halt to live ammo use in Egypt

Human Rights Watch called on the Egyptian government Monday to stop using live ammunition against protesters, as it challenged the official death toll from day one of the ongoing crisis. In a statement, the New York-based human rights group said the large-scale use of live ammunition was not only unjustified,…

Russian journalists face charges over ‘negative’ Winter Olympics stories

Journalists and bloggers are among several groups that have been harassed and threatened by authorities in the Russian city of Sochi in the build-up to next year’s Winter Olympics, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). Two journalists and a newspaper director are said to be facing criminal charges after reporting stories…

Prominent gay rights activist tortured and killed in Cameroon

Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent LGBT activist and journalist in Cameroon, was found dead in his home on Monday, according to Human Rights Watch. Friends became suspicious after being unable to reach him by telephone for several days. When they visited his home in the capital of Yaoundé, they found…

Protesters demand Obama close Guantanamo Bay prison

Rights activists across the United States held a series of protests on Thursday demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a hunger-strike at the jail entered a third month. In a day of action aimed at drawing attention to the plight of prisoners at the facility, demonstrators — many wearing…

Afghan women still being punished for ‘moral’ crimes: report

Hundreds of Afghan women are languishing in prison having been accused or convicted of so-called “moral crimes”, including “running away” and having sex outside marriage, campaign group Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The report released in Kabul, I Had to Run Away, said that President Hamid Karzai’s Western-backed government had…

Myanmar army accused of rape, torture: report

Myanmar troops have committed serious rights abuses against civilians in an offensive against ethnic rebels that has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Fighting erupted in June 2011 between the military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in an area of Kachin state surrounding controversial Chinese-backed hydropower projects, shattering a…

Human rights groups call for investigation into killings of 15 LGBT teens in Iraq

Three major international human rights groups called on Iraqi authorities on Friday to immediately investigate a spate of brutal killings of teenagers widely perceived to be gay. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said in a joint statement that the attacks, which…

Human rights’ group warns of crime wave in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN — Ivory Coast should take urgent steps to disarm former rebels involved in rising violent crime in and around the central town of Bouake, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. Since early December, at least 22 people have been murdered in the area during attacks on passengers travelling on…

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