Human Rights Watch has documented alleged human rights abuses in Syria. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
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.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks to photojournalist Robert King, who has risked his life capturing the horror of Syria.
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.
Amnesty issues a scathing report on human rights abuses by China's Urban Management Law Enforcement agency.
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.
Police in Bahrain regularly resort to beating anti-government protesters, despite officials' pledges to stop such practices, a human rights group said Sunday.
CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports on the race that finished without an incident despite violent pre-race protests.
The opposition in Syria claims hundreds have been killed by the government since the regime agreed to a cease-fire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Libyan diplomat died 24 hours after he was detained by a militia based in the city of Zintan, Human Rights Watch said.
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.
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 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.
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.
Hispanic families in Alabama now live in fear of deportation as CNN's David Mattingly reports.
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.
The supreme court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced democracy activist Ahmed Mansour to three years in prison on Sunday.
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.
The Syrian government's "systematic" crackdown on civilians amounts to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued Friday.
Local NGOs look for help for Syrian refugees as winter approaches.
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.
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
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.
A push to build local police forces in Afghanistan has been "plagued by failures of vetting and oversight," according to a report released Monday.
Clashes between security forces and protesters left 15 people dead across Syria on Saturday, an activist group said Sunday.
Four human rights organizations are urging authorities in the United Arab Emirates to drop charges against five pro-democracy activists.
Syrian security forces were commanded to shoot unarmed protesters, according to military and security agency defectors interviewed by a human rights watchdog.
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 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."
Human Rights Watch is urging Bahrain to stop special military court proceedings against those arrested during the country's anti-government's protests.
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.
CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on the latest developments out of Syria including the alleged torture of a 13-year-old boy
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.
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.
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.
Amber Lyon talks to a Bahraini woman who's on a hunger strike demanding the release of family members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bahraini authorities are targeting wounded anti-government protesters and sometimes denying them crucial medical care, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
Indonesian police are investigating an attack on members of a Muslim minority sect that killed three people and injured five others.
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.
Pakistan must immediately drop blasphemy charges against a teenager and let him out of jail, Human Rights Watch said.
Protesters had packed Cairo's Tahrir Square by noon Tuesday.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
Police corruption and abuse are rife in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A U.N. official says hundreds of civilians were killed by a rebel group in the Republic of Congo in December.
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.
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.
Criminal gangs that emerged from Colombia's former paramilitary organizations are carrying out massacres, rapes and extortion, a human rights group said Wednesday.
Reports of at least 150 Muslims killed in recent religious clashes in Nigeria should be investigated, a human rights group urged Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
Human Rights Watch says there is gross abuse by police in India. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.
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.
A new Human Rights Watch report catalogues the systematic assault on Iraq's gay community. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
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.
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.
Police in India summarily execute prisoners, torture and threaten suspects and arrest people without reason, a leading rights group said Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
The conflict in Georgia is topping discussions at the U.N. CNN's Richard Roth reports.
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 against Hamas-Fatah tensions in Gaza City.
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.
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'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.
Questions have been raised as to whether the Pakistani election will be fair. ITN's Kylie Morris reports.
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
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.
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.
An estimated 1.6 million children and spouses have been separated from family members forced to leave the country under toughened 1996 immigration laws
Warlords are forcing children in conflicts around the world to become killing machines -- nothing more than what one child advocate calls "cannon fodder."
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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