Asia Pacific

Vietnam jails teacher for 11 years over Facebook posts

Nguyen Nang Tinh denies the charges, saying the Facebook account posting 'anti-state' material belonged to someone else.

Vietnam jails teacher for 11 years over Facebook posts

Middle East

Protesters killed in Iraq as HRW slams attacks on medics

Rights body says medics have become 'victim of the state's excessive force' as 3 more killed on Thursday.

Protesters killed in Iraq as HRW slams attacks on medics

Israel

Israel's top court upholds deportation of senior HRW official

Supreme court rules to expel Omar Shakir over his alleged support for promoting boycotts of Israel.

Israel's top court upholds deportation of senior HRW official

Iraq

Iraq: HRW denounces lethal force against protesters, urges probe

Rights watchdog says authorities have to respect fundamental freedoms, respond to protests in proportionate manner.

Iraq: HRW denounces lethal force against protesters, urges probe

Lebanon

Transgender women face systemic discrimination in Lebanon: HRW

US-based rights group calls on Lebanese parliament to pass legislation to protect and prohibit discrimination.

Transgender women face systemic discrimination in Lebanon: HRW

Human trafficking

Nigeria government 'detaining' trafficking survivors: Report

According to a Human Rights Watch report, survivors of human trafficking are being locked up in shelters by government.

Nigeria government 'detaining' trafficking survivors: Report

Middle East

Saudi-UAE led coalition killed 47 Yemen fishermen in 2018: HRW

Seven children among those killed in five attacks carried out by the coalition last year, Human Rights Watch says.

Saudi-UAE led coalition killed 47 Yemen fishermen in 2018: HRW

Saudi Arabia

Son of jailed Saudi scholar al-Awdah warns against execution

Abdullah al-Awdah says his father's arrest and possible execution is part of government's efforts to 'quash dissent'.

Son of jailed Saudi scholar al-Awdah warns against execution

Human Rights

Eritrean students forced into indefinite military, govt jobs: HRW

It says Eritrean secondary education is conscription machine that subjects students to forced labour, physical abuse.

Eritrean students forced into indefinite military, govt jobs: HRW

Cambodia

Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia

The two were arrested in a late night raid during 2017 political crackdown and accused of spying for the US.

Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia

Middle East

UAE slammed for holding prisoners 'beyond jail terms'

Human Rights Watch says the prisoners' detention demonstrates 'brazen contempt of the rule of law'.

UAE holding prisoners after completion of their sentences: HRW

Middle East

HRW condemns Lebanon's 'pressure' on Syrians to leave

Thousands of Syrian refugees have been affected by Lebanon's housing demolition order.

Destruction of Syrian refugees' shelters in Lebanon condemned

Iraq

Iraq detaining thousands in 'degrading' conditions: HRW

Analysts warn conditions in Iraqi prisons could lead to 'radicalisation' of vulnerable prisoners.

Iraq detaining thousands in 'degrading' conditions: HRW

Syria's War

Syria co-opting aid to entrench repressive policies: Report

Government's aid and reconstruction policies used to punish perceived opponents and reward supporters, HRW says.

Syria co-opting aid to entrench repressive policies: Report

Middle East

HRW: Abuses in Egypt's Sinai amount to war crimes

Rights body reports abuses, including torture and extrajudicial killings, as it calls for halt to military aid to Cairo.