July 13, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Iraqi security forces have extrajudicially executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW estimates that the executions are revenge for killings committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a Sunni extremist group. Many of the individuals ...[read more]
June 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that the numerous executions that have occurred over the past week in Iraq "almost certainly amountto war crimes." Pillay cited reports of "cold-blooded" killings of hundreds of non-combatant men and civilians, including religious ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The Iraqi Justice Ministry on Tuesday temporarily closed Abu Ghraib prison due to security concerns. Reports indicate that Iraqi authorities are concerned about the growing power of a Sunni-backed insurgency within the Anbar province, in close proximity to the prison grounds. A government official ...[read more]
March 31, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 13 Bahrain citizens to life in prison and one man to 10 years in prison. The defendants, who range in age from 16 to 34, were convicted of attempting to kill two police officers and participating in an illegal protest outside Bahrain's capital city in March ...[read more]
December 28, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Iraqi police arrested Ahmed al-Awlani, an MP and prominent Sunni supporter of anti-government protests, on Saturday in the city of Ramadi. Awlani, a member of the Sunni supported Iraqiya bloc was reportedly wanted on terrorism charges along with his brother, Ali. Ali and five bodyguards were ...[read more]
November 29, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Iraqi police forces on Friday alleged al Qaeda is responsible for the bodies of 18 men found who had been abducted and shot in the head. The victims were taken from their houses early on Friday morning by men in military uniforms, and among the dead are a police officer, an army official, a school ...[read more]
July 2, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Bahraini high criminal court on Monday acquitted two police officers on trial for the torture of six Shiite doctors during the uprising against the Sunni regime in 2011. The Grand Criminal Court's Third Chamber acquitted the two officers of all charges due to the lack of adequate evidence that ...[read more]
December 11, 2012
by Addison Morris
The prison sentence for outspoken Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been detained since July, was reduced by one year in an appeals court on Tuesday. Rajab, founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was originally sentenced to three years imprisonment for leading unlicensed ...[read more]
November 1, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on Thursday sentenced former Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashemi to death for the second time after he was convicted for his involvement in a plot to assassinate an interior ministry official. In particular, the Sunni ex-leader and his brother-in-law ...[read more]
September 6, 2012
by Max Slater
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the government of Pakistan on Wednesday to ensure that minority Shia Muslims in Pakistan are protected from attacks by Sunni militant groups. HRW noted that attacks against Shia communities have increased recently and that 320 Shia have been killed in targeted ...[read more]

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