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Myanmar troops gang-raped Rohingya women and girls: HRW

YANGON: Myanmar troops gang-raped countless Rohingya women and girls during a military campaign that sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border to Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The US-based rights group said in a report that the sexual violence, along with other atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces, amount to crimes against humanity. Based on interviews with rape survivors, aid organizations and Bangladeshi health officials, the report details cases of what it called mass rape where…

Saudi arrests could be more about power politics: HRW

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia's arrest of prominent royals and businessmen under the banner of battling corruption could in fact be more a case of internal power politics, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Late Saturday, authorities in the Gulf powerhouse launched what they said was an anti-graft drive which netted dozens of high-profile businessmen and politicians. Those detained included billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and the head of the national guard, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah. Powerful Crown Prince…

Bangladesh holding hundreds in secret jails: HRW

DHAKA: Bangladesh has secretly detained hundreds of people, including scores of opposition activists, many of whom have later been killed, a rights group said Thursday. The Human Rights Watch report, released days after the alleged abduction of a high-profile government critic, said security agencies were removing people with “no regard” for the rule of law. Hundreds of people have been detained and held in secret locations since 2013, including at least 90 last year, it said. “Bangladesh security forces appear to have…

Israel denying human rights workers access to Gaza: HRW

JERUSALEM: Israel is blocking rights activists’ access to and from the Gaza Strip, hampering their work in the Palestinian enclave run by Hamas, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. A new report from the rights group “documents how Israel systematically bars human rights workers from travelling into and out of Gaza, even where the Israeli security services make no security claims against them as individuals,” it said in a statement. Human Rights Watch said it had only once since 2008 received permission from Israel for…