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(New York) – Systematic killings and torture by Syrian security forces in the city of Daraa since protests began there on March 18, 2011, strongly suggest that these qualify as crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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(New York) – Systematic killings and torture by Syrian security forces in the city of Daraa since protests began there on March 18, 2011, strongly suggest that these qualify as crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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Israel should conduct prompt, thorough, and independent criminal investigations into the killings of protesters by military forces on May 15, 2011. Fourteen people were killed during demonstrations in southern Lebanon, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank during the annual Palestinian commemoration of "Nakba Day." A fifteenth protester died of his wounds on May 16.

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Security forces arrested two former members of parliament from Bahrain’s largest opposition group. The arrests were the first targeting elected representatives of the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which won the popular vote in October 2010 elections, since the large-scale crackdown against protesters and opposition members began in mid-March.

Update:

At approximately 10 p.m. on May 4, 2011, Bahraini authorities released Dr. Nedhal al-Khalifa and two of her associates from CID headquarters in `Adlyia, where they were being detained. The condition and whereabouts of al-Khalifa’s husband, Dr. Sadiq Abdulla, remain unknown, as well as the reason for his detention.

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The prosecution of hundreds of officials, activists, and elected mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) highlights the problems associated with Turkey’s overbroad antiterrorism laws.

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Arbitrary detention appears rampant under Bahrain’s state of emergency, with numerous cases in which authorities have abused people they detained or stopped. Bahrain should account for everyone who has been detained and free those arbitrarily arrested following recent public protests.

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(New York) – Iraqi authorities should open an independent and transparent investigation into the reported shooting of several protesters in demonstrations on February 16 and 17, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraqi security forces should respect the right of free assembly and use only the minimum necessary force when violence occurs at protests, Human Rights Watch said.

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(Tunis) – The Tunisian authorities should end arbitrary restrictions on independent trade and student unions, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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