Documenting wartime human rights violations used to be my job. Over a good few years, working for the United Nations, I witnessed the most appalling a(...)

Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan. The State is  being urged to sign up to a global declaration aimed at giving places of learning special protection from military use under international law  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State is being urged to sign up to a global declaration on “safe schools” aimed at giving places of learning special protection from military use (...)

A Saudi Arabian royal guardsman’s weaponry. A man beheaded last Sunday was the 85th person this year whose execution was recorded by the official Saudi Press Agency, compared with 88 in the whole of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, which is usually (...)

Supporters of Mohammed Morsi protest outside his trial in Cairo in November 2013. Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehill/The New York Times

The killing of hundreds of Egyptian demonstrators at two protest camps last year was systematic, ordered by top officials and probably amounts to crim(...)

Insurgents have recruited boys as young as 15 to fight against the army in Syria’s civil war, deploying them as soldi- ers, snipers and suicide bombe(...)

Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes. Photograph: EPA

It’s official. Football is more important than violence against women. David Moyes lost his job as manager of Manchester United football team on the s(...)

Human Rights Watch has reported the illegal detention of thousands of women by Iraqi authorities. Photograph:  Rodi Said/Reuters

Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, H(...)

Syrian authorities have flattened seven residential districts to punish civilians living in areas that had previously housed rebel fighters, says Human Rights Watch. Photograph: Saad AboBrahim/Reuters

Syrian authorities have flattened seven residential districts to punish civilians living among rebels who had already fled, Human Rights Watch (HRW) s(...)

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth. “It is essential that the mass atrocities being committed in Syria be a parallel focus of any diplomatic effort,” he said in Berlin. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Human Rights Watch yesterday deplored what it called the failure of international powers to intervene in Syria, saying the desire to bring Bashar al A(...)

Smoke rises from a site hit by what activists say are barrel bombs dropped by government forces on al-Katerji district in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The cache of evidence smuggled out of Syria showing the “systematic killing” of 11,000 detainees in Syrian jails may only be the tip of the iceberg, i(...)