Syria: Coordinated Chemical Attacks on Aleppo
(New York) – Syrian government forces conducted coordinated chemical attacks in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during the final month of the battle for the city, Human Rights Watch said today.
Through phone and in-person interviews with witnesses and analysis of video footage, photographs, and posts on social media, Human Rights Watch documented government helicopters dropping chlorine in residential areas on at least eight occasions between November 17 and December 13, 2016. The attacks, some of which included multiple munitions, killed at least nine civilians, including four children, and injured around 200.
AU: Activists Challenge Attacks on ICC
(Nairobi) -- Activists from across Africa clarify misconceptions about the International Criminal Court (ICC) and highlight the need for African governments to support the court in a video released today by 21 African and international nongovernmental organizations.
In January 2016, the African Union (AU) gave its Open-Ended Committee of African Ministers on the ICC a mandate to develop a "comprehensive strategy" on the ICC, including considering the withdrawal of African member countries from the court. The committee met in April and agreed on three conditions that needed to be met by the ICC in order f
South Sudan: People with Disabilities, Older People Face Danger
(Nairobi) – People with disabilities and older people in South Sudan face greater risks of being caught in fighting and greater challenges in getting necessary humanitarian assistance, Human Rights Watch said today.
Russia: Don't Veto Sanctions for Syria Chemical Attacks
(New York) – Russia and other United Nations Security Council members should support a proposed resolution that would impose sanctions on Syrian government officials responsible for chemical attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. The Security Council is expected to vote on the resolution as early as February 28, 2017.
The proposed resolution is in response to an October 2016 report of a joint investigation by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which concluded that Syrian government forces and the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) have used chemicals as weapons, even though Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in October 2013. Russia has supported past Security Council resolutions on chemical attacks in Syria, including
South Sudan: A Year On, Two Men's Whereabouts Unknown
(Nairobi) – South Sudanese authorities have failed to investigate the enforced disappearance in Nairobi of two South Sudanese men one year ago, and hold those responsible to account, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. Kenyan authorities should also step up their ongoing investigation into the enforced disappearances.
Provide Genuine Refuge to World's Displaced
Asylum seekers behind a metal fence in the ‘Hangar 1' detention center,