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12 Dec 2017 description

Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.

06 Dec 2017 description

South Sudan

Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan poses an imminent risk to populations who may be targeted on the basis of ethnicity and presumed political loyalties.

06 Dec 2017 description

Myanmar (Burma)

Atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority represent a policy of ethnic cleansing and constitute crimes against humanity under international law. These crimes may ultimately prove to be genocidal in intent.

29 Nov 2017 description

400,000 People Face Bombing and Starvation in Besieged Eastern Ghouta

According to the United Nations up to 400,000 people remain trapped in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, in an area which has been besieged by Syrian government forces for over four years. Despite being designated one of four “de-escalation zones” earlier this year by Russia, Iran, Turkey and the Syrian government, more than 40 civilians were killed within eastern Ghouta between 26-27 November as a result of government airstrikes and shelling by armed opposition groups.

22 Nov 2017 description

Illegal Blockade of Starving Civilians in Yemen

More than two weeks into the blockade imposed on Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led international military coalition, millions of civilians are at growing risk of famine. With Yemen dependent on imports for 90 percent of its essential goods – including, food, clean water, medical supplies and fuel – and more than 20 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, the blockade drastically increases the threat to more than 7 million people already facing famine-like conditions.

22 Nov 2017 description

Yemen

Mass atrocity crimes are being committed in Yemen as pro-government forces and a regional military coalition fight against Houthi rebels, who still control much of the country.

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22 Nov 2017 description

SYRIA

Populations continue to face the threat of mass atrocity crimes committed by government forces and their allies in Syria's ongoing civil war. Various non-state armed groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are also committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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15 Nov 2017 description

Syria

Populations continue to face the threat of mass atrocity crimes committed by government forces and their allies in Syria's ongoing civil war. Various non-state armed groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are also committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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15 Nov 2017 description

Burundi

Populations in Burundi face a risk of potential mass atrocity crimes as systematic human rights violations and abuses continue.

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15 Nov 2017 description

(New York) - Today's unanimous decision by the UN Security Council to add a further 900 peacekeepers to the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) was welcomed by a group of 16 non-governmental organisations including Aegis Trust, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Mercy Corps, and Invisible Children.

The situation in the country has been worsening in recent months, with fighting between rival militias forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes, and rendering 2.4m in need of humanitarian assistance.

08 Nov 2017 description

War crimes, starvation and the Yemen blockade

Following the firing of a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia by Houthi forces, on 5 November the Saudi-led international military coalition intensified its blockade of Yemen, closing all air and sea ports. These severe measures were accompanied by the heaviest aerial bombardment by coalition forces of Sana’a governorate in over a year.

11 Oct 2017 description

Myanmar (Burma)

Recent "clearance operations" by the security forces in Myanmar (Burma) constitute a policy of ethnic cleansing directed at the Rohingya population of northern Rakhine State.

11 Oct 2017 description

The "List of Shame": Children and Armed Conflict

Last Thursday, 5 October, the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict was presented to the UN Security Council. Many of the grave violations outlined within the report - including the recruitment of child soldiers, targeting of civilian infrastructure, and indiscriminate use of weapons in civilian areas - constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

04 Oct 2017 description

Syria

Populations continue to face the threat of mass atrocity crimes committed by government forces and their allies in Syria's ongoing civil war. Various non-state armed groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are also committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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04 Oct 2017 description

Burundi

Populations in Burundi face a risk of potential mass atrocity crimes as systematic human rights violations and abuses continue.

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04 Oct 2017 description

Syria

After several months of decreased fighting in northwest Syria, on 19 September the Russian and Syrian governments intensified their airstrikes on opposition-held towns and villages in Idlib and Hama governorates, resulting in a drastic increase in civilian deaths. On 1 October the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that September was the deadliest month for Syrian civilians so far this year, with 955 people killed, including 207 children. At least 158 of these civilian deaths occurred in northwest Syria during the last two weeks.

29 Sep 2017 description

We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein have described the Myanmar security forces' ongoing campaign against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State as ethnic cleansing.