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(...)

Brush with death: rescuers pull a garment worker alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar, outside Dhaka. Photograph: Reuters

It was an image of horror that made people in the West think uncomfortable thoughts about the human cost of the clothes on their backs: a couple embra(...)

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

English football has allowed one of its major clubs to be exploited as a “branding vehicle” by an international regime accused of human rights abuses (...)

Vladimir Putin: he Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. Photograph: Reuters

The Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency that is unprecede(...)