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HRW slams Saudi law that defines king’s critic as terrorist

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced Saudi Arabia's new counterterrorism law as "ludicrous", as the law criminalizes criticizing the king or crown prince. The law, introduced earlier this month, includes penalties of up to 10 years…

Human Rights Watch: UAE runs informal prisons in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - The United Arab Emirates runs at least two “informal detention facilities” in Yemen and has reportedly transferred detainees to a base in Eritrea, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The UAE is a key member of a Saudi-led military…

7 Human rights organizations urge UNHRC on torture in Bahrain prisons

SHAFAQNA - Seven human rights organizations released a report on the dire situation of human rights in Bahrain, including the torture of political prisoners, calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to take immediate action…

Saudi attack on Somali refugee boat likely war crime: HRW

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SHAFAQNA - 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…

Al Khalifah revoked citizenship of 133 dissidents in 2016: HRW

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed deep concern over the high number of citizenship revocations in Bahrain, condemning the ruling Al Khalifah regime’s heavy-handed crackdown on political dissidents and rights activist in the…

Human Rights Watch Condemns Mistreatment of Muslims in Belgium

SHAFAQNA - A Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation has found that the Belgian Muslim community, many of Moroccan origin, has been the victim of inhumane treatment at the hands of Belgium’s anti-terrorist efforts. The study resulting from…

‘May be war crimes’: HRW slams Saudi-led coalition bombing of civilian businesses in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has unlawfully hit civilian economic structures in Yemen which may amount to war crimes, says Human Rights Watch. The attacks killed 130 people and 171 more were hurt, according to the latest HRW report. The…

HRW calls for revision of EU-Turkey deal

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch has urged the leaders of the European Union to get a correct understanding of the desperate situation of refugees at the Turkish-Syrian border and rethink a controversial deal they reached with Turkey for deportation…

HRW condemns child executions in Saudi Arabia, calls court system’s injustice

SHAFAQNA -  Human Rights Watch has denounced as “appalling” Saudi Arabia’s death penalties for children, as three child offenders are awaiting execution. “Sentencing alleged child offenders to death is an appalling example of the…

HRW slams Egypt for closure of anti-torture NGO

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch has slammed Egyptian authorities for deciding to close down an NGO assisting victims of torture over unspecified violations. The Health Ministry informed El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of…

HRW urges Pakistan to extend Afghan Refugee Status through 2017

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Pakistan to respect the rights of Afghan refugees, demanding an extension to the displaced people’s legal residency status until at least the end of 2018. The New York-based rights organization…

Torture in Bahrain - an ongoing reality says Human Rights Watch

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini security forces are torturing detainees during interrogation as regulatory bodies set up after the 2011 uprising "lack independence" and officials are not held accountable, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Bahrain has…