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"Basat al reeh." "Dulab." "Falaqa." They are Arabic names for torture techniques that send chills through the hearts of Syrians, particularly the untold thousands who are believed to have been detained during the uprising of the last 15 months.

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Torture allegedly widespread in Syriaupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 11:13:00

Human Rights Watch has documented alleged human rights abuses in Syria. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Report: Syrian forces are using sex abuse in crackdownupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 14:48:00

Syrian security forces, soldiers and pro-regime militias used sexual violence to torture people in detention and sexually abused women and girls as young as 12 in raids, a new report said Friday.

Photographer captures Syrian carnageupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 14:48:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks to photojournalist Robert King, who has risked his life capturing the horror of Syria.

Report: Chinese city enforcers accused of brutalityupdated: Thu May 24 2012 19:04:00

Squads of local government enforcers are operating in Chinese cities without proper supervision, often employing brutal methods and carrying out illegal detentions, a new report from Human Rights Watch claims.

'Thugs for hire' in China?updated: Thu May 24 2012 19:04:00

Amnesty issues a scathing report on human rights abuses by China's Urban Management Law Enforcement agency.

Notorious prison still exists in Iraq, rights group reportsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 19:36:00

A notorious prison in Baghdad's Green Zone is still open despite the Iraqi government having said more than a year ago it was closed, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Report: Bahraini police beat, torture detaineesupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 05:39:00

Police in Bahrain regularly resort to beating anti-government protesters, despite officials' pledges to stop such practices, a human rights group said Sunday.

Bahrain's Grand Prix finishesupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 05:39:00

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports on the race that finished without an incident despite violent pre-race protests.

Al-Assad's broken peace promiseupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 05:24:00

The opposition in Syria claims hundreds have been killed by the government since the regime agreed to a cease-fire.

Report: More than 100 executed by Syrian authorities updated: Tue Apr 10 2012 05:24:00

Syrian security forces have summarily executed at least 101 people, including civilians, since late 2011 in attacks on cities and towns, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday.

Afghan females imprisoned for 'moral crimes,' Human Rights Watch saysupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 16:55:00

A person allowed to enter a juvenile detention center for girls in Afghanistan would find one strikingly sad story after another, according to Human Rights Watch.

Rights group: More needs to be done for laborers' rights in Abu Dhabiupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 12:40:00

Working conditions for South Asian migrant workers have improved on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island, but more needs to be done and protection gaps remain, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

Brazil files first criminal charges over dictatorship disappearancesupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 21:53:00

Brazilian prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a former military official for his role in a crackdown that led to the forced disappearances of five guerrillas during the country's dictatorship.

Rights activists demand Libyan militia turn over British journalistsupdated: Sun Feb 26 2012 12:57:00

A militia in Libya is illegally holding two British journalists, refusing to turn them over to transitional government authorities and preventing international aid workers from visiting them, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.

Somali Islamist militia defends recruiting teen soldiersupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 11:54:00

Somalia's Al-Shabaab has brushed aside accusations from Human Rights Watch that the Islamist militia recruits child soldiers, saying that Islam considers people to be adults from the age of 15.

More child soldiers in Somalia fightingupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 21:22:00

Children as young as 10 years old increasingly face horrific abuse in war-torn Somalia as the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has targeted them to replenish its diminishing ranks of fighters, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday.

Libyan diplomat was tortured, died in detention, rights group says updated: Fri Feb 03 2012 14:26:00

A Libyan diplomat died 24 hours after he was detained by a militia based in the city of Zintan, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch expresses concern for aging prisonersupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 17:34:00

The number of aging men and women in U.S. prisons is growing rapidly, Human Rights Watch said Friday, and it expressed concern for their care behind bars.

Human Rights Watch: Iraq getting worseupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 11:32:00

The human rights situation in Iraq is worse now than it was a year ago, the campaign group Human Rights Watch argues in a new report out Sunday, warning that people are being tortured with impunity in secret prisons.

Syria not honoring Arab League initiative, rights groups sayupdated: Fri Jan 06 2012 15:03:00

Syria doesn't appear to be adhering to the Arab League's effort to end the 10-month-long violent crackdown against peaceful protesters, and the league should implement appropriate action against Bashar al-Assad's regime if it fails to comply, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said Friday.

Rights group accuses Syria of hiding detainees from monitorsupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 20:38:00

Syrian authorities have moved perhaps hundreds of detainees to military sites to hide them from Arab League monitors assessing whether the government is upholding a commitment to end its crackdown on protesters, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Tough new law forcing Hispanics to fleeupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 13:32:00

Hispanic families in Alabama now live in fear of deportation as CNN's David Mattingly reports.

Human Rights Watch criticizes Alabama immigration lawupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 13:32:00

Alabama's controversial immigration law is "grounded in discrimination," fosters a culture of fear and denies basic rights to undocumented residents and their families, a human rights organization said in a report released Wednesday.

UAE political activists sentenced to years in prisonupdated: Sun Nov 27 2011 07:11:00

The supreme court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced democracy activist Ahmed Mansour to three years in prison on Sunday.

Human rights activist convicted of tax evasion in Belarusupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 06:52:00

Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski was convicted in Minsk of tax evasion Thursday and sentenced to 4½ years in prison, with all his assets confiscated, Human Rights Watch said.

Report says Syrian crackdown amounts to crimes against humanityupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 21:13:00

The Syrian government's "systematic" crackdown on civilians amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued Friday.

Winter threatens Syrian refugeesupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 21:13:00

Local NGOs look for help for Syrian refugees as winter approaches.

Abuses seen in Mexico's war on cartelsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 10:47:00

Nearly five years into its war against drug cartels, Mexico on Wednesday was rebuked by a human rights organization that found a pattern of abuses by security forces.

NTC will investigate allegations of crimes against pro-Gadhafi forces, official saysupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 16:56:00

Allegations of vengeful attacks against residents of Tawergha and Sirte -- both cities believed to have sided with former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi -- will be investigated, a military spokesman for Libya's National Transitional Council said Sunday

Libyan detainees describe abuse and torture updated: Sat Oct 01 2011 23:25:00

Among the places that Sen. John McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, visited during his visit to Tripoli this week was Jdeida prison. McCain said he wanted to see detention facilities firsthand.

Rights group's report slams local Afghan policeupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 07:15:00

A push to build local police forces in Afghanistan has been "plagued by failures of vetting and oversight," according to a report released Monday.

Report: Clashes between protesters, forces leave 15 dead in Syriaupdated: Sun Sep 11 2011 09:10:00

Clashes between security forces and protesters left 15 people dead across Syria on Saturday, an activist group said Sunday.

Rights groups urge the UAE to drop charges against activistsupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 10:01:00

Four human rights organizations are urging authorities in the United Arab Emirates to drop charges against five pro-democracy activists.

Human Rights Watch: Syrian forces ordered to shoot unarmed protestersupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 10:43:00

Syrian security forces were commanded to shoot unarmed protesters, according to military and security agency defectors interviewed by a human rights watchdog.

Activist group: Dozens of Yemeni civilians killedupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 07:40:00

Dozens of civilians may have been killed by Yemeni forces since May while fighting an armed Islamist group in Abyan province, the activist group Human Rights Watch said in a report released Saturday. But a spokesman for Yemen's ruling party disputed the findings.

At least 16 dead after protests in the Syrian city of Hamaupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 16:28:00

At least 16 people have been killed over the last two days in and around the Syrian town of Hama, which a human rights group described Wednesday as the "latest city to fall victim to President Bashar al-Assad's security forces."

Rights group urges Bahrain to stop military trialsupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 02:00:00

Human Rights Watch is urging Bahrain to stop special military court proceedings against those arrested during the country's anti-government's protests.

Report: Syrian abuses could be 'crimes against humanity'updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 05:46:00

The Syrian regime has carried out a "systematic" series of abuses against protesters that could "qualify as crimes against humanity," and the United Nations must hold the government accountable, a leading humanitarian watchdog organization said Wednesday.

Syria relentless in its brutal crackdownupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 05:46:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on the latest developments out of Syria including the alleged torture of a 13-year-old boy

Detained Bahraini activist said to show signs of abuseupdated: Wed May 11 2011 07:29:00

A human rights activist who was active in Bahrain's pro-democracy street protests appeared Sunday before a special military court showing signs of ill-treatment and perhaps torture, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Alleged rape, killing of gay rights campaigner sparks call for actionupdated: Thu May 05 2011 07:36:00

A 24-year-old who was stabbed to death in South Africa is the victim of "corrective rape," gay rights activists said Thursday, a crime where men attack lesbians in an attempt to reverse their sexual orientation.

Bahraini activist's home tear gassedupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 07:14:00

A Human Rights Watch official is calling on the government of Bahrain to investigate a Monday morning teargas attack on the Bani Jamra home of prominent activist Nabeel Rajab.

Mom's hunger strike to save familyupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 07:14:00

Amber Lyon talks to a Bahraini woman who's on a hunger strike demanding the release of family members.

Protesters hit Syrian streets as report describes tortureupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 18:06:00

Thousands of demonstrators in Syrian cities hit the streets after Friday prayers in another week of anti-government rallies, angry but largely peaceful outpourings of protest against the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Agency: 4th protester to die in Bahrain may have been torturedupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 22:40:00

A fourth person who died while in the custody of Bahrain police in recent days may have been tortured, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, as it called for urgent investigations into the deaths of detainees.

Egyptian blogger's sentence slammedupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 15:22:00

An Egyptian military court has sentenced an activist blogger critical of the army to three years in prison, and it did so without his lawyers present, a development that drew stiff condemnation by human rights groups.

Reports of funeral, police shootings raise tensions in Syriaupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 14:01:00

Tensions flared outside the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday as reports surfaced of a massive funeral for a man apparently shot dead by security forces in one town and two police officers apparently killed during a patrol elsewhere.

Report: Bahraini forces target wounded protestersupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 04:40:00

Bahraini authorities are targeting wounded anti-government protesters and sometimes denying them crucial medical care, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Indonesian police probe attack on minority Muslim sectupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 06:16:00

Indonesian police are investigating an attack on members of a Muslim minority sect that killed three people and injured five others.

Iraqi officials deny existence of alleged secret detention centerupdated: Sun Feb 06 2011 16:36:00

The Iraqi government on Sunday denied a human rights organization's allegation that it has a secret detention center in Baghdad, run by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's security forces.

Free Pakistani teen jailed for blasphemy, Human Rights Watch saysupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 15:34:00

Pakistan must immediately drop blasphemy charges against a teenager and let him out of jail, Human Rights Watch said.

A packed Tahrir Squareupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 09:51:00

Protesters had packed Cairo's Tahrir Square by noon Tuesday.

Report: Torture in Egypt rampant amid impunity for security forcesupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 09:51:00

"The guys would say they'd be tortured so bad, they'd be screaming, 'Tell me what you want me to say! Tell us what to say and we'll say it!' They'd agree to confirm anything State Security wanted."

Nigerian police: Gubernatorial candidate assassinatedupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 16:24:00

A gubernatorial candidate in the northern Nigerian state of Borno was assassinated, and five police officers and the governor's brother were also killed in a gun attack outside a mosque Friday, said Borno state police commissioner Abubakar Mohammed.

Indonesian maid dies after abuse in Saudi Arabia, rights group saysupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 11:57:00

In a second report of ghastly treatment of domestic migrant workers that surfaced this week in Saudi Arabia, an Indonesian maid allegedly died after suffering abuse by her Saudi employer.

Ads in taxis urge New York trial for 9/11 suspectsupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 12:39:00

New York City taxi riders will have something more to watch on TV when taking a yellow cab. It won't be just weather, news or the latest trends on the hottest spots in the city.

Report shines light on Nigerian police corruptionupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 16:04:00

Police corruption and abuse are rife in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

Report: Rebel group abducts 700, kills 225, in unreported campaignupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 05:36:00

The Ugandan rebel outfit, the Lord's Resistance Army, abducted almost 700 people in the last 18 months in a largely unreported campaign in the Central African Republic and northern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

Independent probe of Rwanda politician's death urgedupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 05:51:00

A human rights group Wednesday urged the Rwandan government to let independent experts conduct an autopsy on an opposition leader killed weeks before the election.

Human rights group urges Kurds to ban female circumcisionupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 12:18:00

A human rights group issued a new report detailing the widespread practice of female circumcisions in Iraqi Kurdistan, calling on Kurdish authorities to outlaw it.

Report: Israel, Hamas investigations into Gaza incursion lackingupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 10:58:00

Israel and Hamas both failed to investigate serious violations of the laws of war during the Israeli incursion into Gaza in 2008 and early 2009, according to a new report released Sunday by Human Rights Watch.

Rebels kill, kidnap hundreds in remote Congo areaupdated: Sun Mar 28 2010 15:33:00

A December rampage that killed hundreds in the Democratic Republic of Congo went largely unreported because of lack of communications in the remote area, a United Nations official said Sunday.

Massacre in Congoupdated: Sun Mar 28 2010 15:33:00

A U.N. official says hundreds of civilians were killed by a rebel group in the Republic of Congo in December.

Report: 300 dead in December Congo massacreupdated: Sat Mar 27 2010 23:47:00

A rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 321 civilians and abducted 250 others -- including at least 80 children -- in a previously unreported rampage late last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Saturday.

Explainer: What's behind slaughter in Nigeria?updated: Wed Mar 10 2010 05:09:00

Gangs of machete-wielding Muslims have been blamed for the weekend slaughter of hundreds of Christian villagers in Nigeria, but analysts say it would be wrong to assume the conflict was rooted in religion.

Gangs tied to paramilitaries cited in Colombia violenceupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 15:13:00

Criminal gangs that emerged from Colombia's former paramilitary organizations are carrying out massacres, rapes and extortion, a human rights group said Wednesday.

Christian-Muslim violence in Nigeria warrants probe, rights group saysupdated: Sat Jan 23 2010 14:10:00

Reports of at least 150 Muslims killed in recent religious clashes in Nigeria should be investigated, a human rights group urged Saturday.

Cuba continues repression, rights group saysupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 13:58:00

Raul Castro's government in Cuba continues to repress civil rights and persecute dissenters three years after he became the communist nation's top leader, Human Rights Watch says in a report released Wednesday.

China criticized over alleged 'black jails'updated: Thu Nov 12 2009 06:34:00

Chinese authorities should abolish secret jails used to unlawfully detain citizens who travel to the capital and other major cities to file complaints, Human Rights Watch says.

Video exposes Indian police brutalityupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 22:50:00

An Indian police office grabs two fists-full of a suspect's hair; twists and then lifts until the suspect's feet dangle off ground. The suspect: A 6-year-old girl accused of stealing 280 rupees or about 6 dollars. The incident resulted in one officer being fired, another suspended. Charges against the girl were dropped. It was all caught on tape in February of this year.

Indian police brutalityupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 22:50:00

Human Rights Watch says there is gross abuse by police in India. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Calls for Sri Lanka to release displaced Tamil refugeesupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 02:45:00

The Sri Lankan government should immediately release more than 280,000 displaced Tamil civilians living in detention camps, a leading human rights group said Wednesday.

Report: Gays killed, torturedupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:06:00

A new Human Rights Watch report catalogues the systematic assault on Iraq's gay community. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Gay men attacked, executed in Iraq, rights group saysupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:06:00

Hundreds of gay men have been tortured and killed in Iraq in recent months, some by the nation's security forces, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Hamas accused over rocket attacksupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 10:32:00

Palestinian militant groups including the armed wing of Hamas are committing war crimes when they fire rockets into Israel, according to a report by campaign group Human Rights Watch.

Indian police accused of tortureupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 17:48:00

Police in India summarily execute prisoners, torture and threaten suspects and arrest people without reason, a leading rights group said Tuesday.

Group urges Burundi to drop new law against homosexualityupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 02:26:00

A human rights group urged Burundi to reverse a law that makes homosexuality illegal, saying it risks worsening the harsh treatment of gays in the eastern Africa nation.

Nigerian police accused over riot deathsupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 14:54:00

Police and soldiers killed at least 133 people during two days of riots between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria last year, Human Rights Watch alleged Monday.

Report condemns Israel's phosphorus shell use in Gazaupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 14:51:00

The Israeli military's firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas during the Gaza offensive "was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Wednesday.

Leading light in African human rights killed in Buffalo crashupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 13:20:00

A leading human rights official known for her expertise on the Rwandan genocide was traveling on the Newark-to-Buffalo flight that crashed into a house, killing all 49 people aboard the plane and one person on the ground.

Somali journalist stabbed; 2nd attack in less than a weekupdated: Sun Feb 08 2009 12:06:00

A Somali journalists' union on Sunday condemned the multiple stabbing of a radio director -- the second targeted attack on a Somali journalist in less than a week.

U.N. chief: Rebels 'poisonous' for Congoupdated: Sat Nov 08 2008 00:15:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday rebels who are fighting government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo pose "poisonous consequences" for the country amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Hundreds face Saudi terror trialsupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 18:42:00

Saudi Arabia has announced that nearly 1,000 suspects accused of having ties to al Qaeda will soon be tried for carrying out dozens of "acts of war" against the Arab kingdom, according to Saudi media reports on Tuesday.

Group: Russians drop cluster bombs in Georgiaupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 09:03:00

An international rights group said Friday it has evidence that Russian aircraft dropped cluster bombs in populated areas of Georgia, killing and injuring dozens of civilians during the territorial conflict that has gripped the region. Russia has denied the claim.

U.N. seeks solution for Georgiaupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 09:03:00

The conflict in Georgia is topping discussions at the U.N. CNN's Richard Roth reports.

Palestinian factions trample rights, watchdog group saysupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 14:49:00

Infighting between the two main Palestinian factions has led to arbitrary arrests, torture and abuse of detainees by both sides, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.

Palestinians protest in Gazaupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 14:49:00

Palestinians protest against Hamas-Fatah tensions in Gaza City.

Report: Fair Zimbabwe election impossibleupdated: Mon Jun 09 2008 07:58:00

Violence and intimidation targeting Zimbabwe's opposition party -- the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) -- has "extinguished any chance of a free and fair" runoff election, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

Saudi activist seized by secret police, wife saysupdated: Fri May 23 2008 22:25:00

A Saudi Arabian political science professor who is an outspoken human rights advocate was taken into custody this week by the country's secret police, his wife said Friday.

Pakistan official disputes tapeupdated: Mon Feb 18 2008 05:56:00

Pakistan's attorney general said that Monday's parliamentary election will be "massively rigged," according to what Human Rights Watch says is an audio recording it obtained.

Pakistan election worriesupdated: Mon Feb 18 2008 05:56:00

Questions have been raised as to whether the Pakistani election will be fair. ITN's Kylie Morris reports. New Charges of Torture in Bangladeshupdated: Thu Feb 14 2008 05:00:00

Bangladesh's new government vowed to stamp out corruption and restore order. But a new report outlining the arrest and abuse of a local journalist raises concerns it's pushing too far

Junta 'lying' over Myanmar deathsupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 19:19:00

The September crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators by the Myanmar military junta was bloodier than the government admitted to, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Friday.

Uganda accused of sponsoring 'state homophobia'updated: Fri Aug 24 2007 03:08:00

An international human rights group has accused President Yoweri Museveni's government of promoting "state homophobia" in Uganda and urged the repeal of a colonial-era law against sodomy. Report: Deportation Killing Familiesupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 14:25:00

An estimated 1.6 million children and spouses have been separated from family members forced to leave the country under toughened 1996 immigration laws

Stolen kids turned into terrifying killersupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 09:12:00

Warlords are forcing children in conflicts around the world to become killing machines -- nothing more than what one child advocate calls "cannon fodder."

Iraqi forces 'abusing detainees'updated: Tue Jan 25 2005 04:14:00

Iraqi security forces are committing systematic torture and other abuses against people in detention, the pressure group Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

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