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HRW: Israeli banks complicit in settlement expansion

Israeli banks complicit in settlement expansion

Report dismisses claims by banks that under law they must provide services to illegal Jewish settlements in West Bank. A leading rights group says Israeli banks are contributing to the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank by providing loans and mortgages for construction there. A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) released on Wednesday says no Israeli law …

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Saudi, allies hiding role in illegal Yemen strikes

Saudi, allies hiding role in illegal Yemen strikes

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has lashed out at the Saudi-led coalition for its refusal to provide information on its role in the massive unlawful airstrikes against Yemen in an attempt to avoid international legal liability. According to a Friday report by HRW, the current and former members of the coalition have refused to reply to the rights group’s correspondence in …

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Stripping Palestinians of residency is a war crime: HRW

Stripping Palestinians of residency may be 'war crime'

Human Rights Watch has warned that stripping some 15,000 Palestinians of their right to live in Jerusalem al-Quds since 1967 could amount to a “war crime.” “Israel claims to treat [occupied] Jerusalem as a unified city, but the reality is effectively one set of rules for Jews and another for Palestinians,” said the international right group’s Middle East director, Sarah …

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UN expert demands urgent review of Saudi anti-terrorism law amid crackdown on activists

UN expert demands urgent review of Saudi antiterrorism law amid crackdown on activists

A United Nations expert says Saudi Arabia should urgently review its definition of a 2014 counter-terrorism law, which is being used to prosecute non-violent journalists and peaceful human rights campaigners in the kingdom. Ben Emmerson, special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said on Thursday that the …

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US airstrike on Syria mosque that killed nearly 40 was ‘likely unlawful’, finds human rights watchdog

US airstrike on Syria mosque that killed nearly 40 was 'likely unlawful', finds human rights watchdog

. Report details failure by authorities to take ‘adequate precautions’ to avoid civilian casualties A US air strike on a Syrian mosque that left nearly 40 people dead was “likely unlawful”, a damning new report by Human Rights Watch has found. “Adequate precautions” to avoid civilian casualties were not taken by American authorities before they dropped two bombs in western …

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HRW: Saudi attack on Somali refugee boat likely war crime

Saudi attack on Somali refugee boat likely war crime

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says a recent deadly aerial aggression on a boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen, “apparently” carried out by the Saudi-led military coalition, likely amounts to “war crime.” According to a statement released by the HRW on Sunday, at least 32 people lost their lives and nearly 30 others were injured after an apparent …

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Iraq: ISIS Dumped Hundreds in Mass Grave

ISIS Dumped Hundreds in Mass Grave

(Erbil) – The Islamic State (also known as ISIS) executed and dumped the bodies of possibly hundreds of detainees at a site near Mosul, Human Rights Watch said today. Multiple witnesses told Human Rights Watch that the bodies of those killed, including bodies of members of Iraqi security forces, were thrown into a naturally occurring sinkhole at a site known …

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HRW: Saudi airstrikes plunged Yemen into deep humanitarian catastrophe

Saudi airstrikes plunged Yemen into deep humanitarian catastrophe

Human Rights Watch says Saudi Arabia’s relentless airstrikes have pushed Yemen into a “deep humanitarian catastrophe.” The rights group’s communications and advocacy director for the Middle East & North Africa, Ahmed Benchemsi, made the remarks during an interview with RT on Sunday. “More than 3 million people have been displaced in Yemen and more than 80 percent are relying on …

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Hungary to detain refugees in shipping containers along border with Serbia

Hungary to detain refugees in shipping containers along border with Serbia

Hungary’s parliament has allowed authorities to systematically detain all asylum seekers in shipping containers in border areas, a controversial move that is in line with anti-refugee policies adopted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has labelled refugees as a “Trojan horse of terrorism.” The Hungarian parliament, known as the National Assembly, approved the harsh measures, which also include women and …

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Human Rights Watch condemns Trump for ‘discrediting, harassing’ his critics

Human Rights Watch condemns Trump for discrediting harassing his critics

A prominent US human rights group has criticized US President Donald Trump for his campaign to “discredit, harass, and intimidate” his critics, comparing Trump to “demagogues in other countries.” “It’s now clear that one of Donald Trump’s top priorities as president is to discredit, harass, and intimidate his critics, or anyone who exposes how his administration is working.” the New-York …

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