Peaceful rallies in Iraq to call for an end to corruption and improved basic services were marred this week when police stood by as armed assailants beat and stabbed protesters, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
Egypt should work to free hundreds of captives held for ransom by criminals in the eastern Sinai Peninsula, as the country conducts military operations there after last month’s deadly attacks, Human Rights Watch said.
Incidents of harassment against journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have increased, Human Rights Watch said in a report that urged donors to make conditional on measures being taken to crack down on abuses.
Members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood unlawfully detained and abused at least 49 anti- government protestors outside the Presidential Palace last week as security forces stood by, Human Rights Watch said.
A Qatari draft media law enshrines a double standard on free expression and the emirate’s ruler shouldn’t approve it unless penalties for criticism of Qatar or neighboring states are removed, Human Rights Watch said.