Tag Archives | HRW

ISIS Suspects’ Homes Confiscated

Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual […]

HRW: Displacement, Detention of Suspected “ISIS Families”

Iraqi forces have forcibly displaced at least 125 families said to have familial ties to affiliates of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Sunni tribal groups (known as the Hashad al–Asha‘ri), within the Popular Mobilization Forces (known as the PMF or Hashd al-Sha’abi), which are under the control of […]

HRW: Looting, Destruction by Forces Fighting ISIS

From Human Rights Watch: Armed forces fighting Islamic State (also known as ISIS) to retake a town and four villages near Mosul looted, damaged, and destroyed homes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. There was no apparent military necessity for the demolitions, which may amount to war crimes and which took place between November 2016 […]

IS does “Incredible Job of Booby-Trapping Urban Terrain”

A report from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines says that forces of the so-called Islamic State (IS, also called ISIS or ISIL) fighting the government of Iraq have used victim-activated improvised mines, including explosive booby-traps, extensively since 2014. Numerous media reports in 2015 and 2016 suggest widespread use of victim-activated devices by IS forces […]

Fleeing IS Forces Fired Toxic Chemicals

Forces of the Islamic State (also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) have launched at least three chemical attacks on the Iraqi town of Qayyarah, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The use of toxic chemicals as a means of warfare is a serious threat to civilians and combatants in and around the embattled city […]

HRW: Displaced People Can’t Move Freely

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government security authorities are unlawfully restricting the freedom of movement of displaced people in camps near Kirkuk. Despite the lack of hostilities in the area, people are not allowed to leave the camps freely. Displaced people in the Nazrawa and Laylan camps told Human […]

Al Jazeera Closure “a Blow to Free Speech”, HRW

By Human Rights Watch. The closure of Al Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau by the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission is nothing but an effort to clamp down on freedom of expression. The commission should promptly reverse its decision and allow the bureau to operate freely in accordance with international standards on freedom of the media and […]

Human Rights Watch – “Protesters Beaten, Abducted”

Iraqi security forces have repeatedly beaten and violently dispersed protesters during anti-corruption demonstrations since August 2015 without any apparent justification, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Friday: In some instances, unidentified men in civilian clothes abducted and beat demonstrators. Prosecutors have failed to respond to judicial complaints lodged by victims of these […]

Abadi Rejects HRW Claims

By John Lee. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has angrily rejected a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleging abuses by militias in Tikrit. In a statement, Abadi claims that “HRW has relied on unverified video recordings and telephone calls reporting acts of robbery, looting and destruction, and recorded them as local eyewitness testimony, […]

Militia Abuses Mar Fight Against ISIS

Iraqi government-backed militias carried out widespread destruction of homes and shops around the city of Tikrit in March and April 2015 in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Sunday. Militiamen deliberately destroyed several hundred civilian buildings with no apparent military reason after the withdrawal of […]

Improving Human Rights through Education

By Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In a society where conservative religious trends and the rule of tribal law are on the rise, the dissemination of human rights principles is a difficult task. Often, interpretations of religious and tribal customs contradict […]