Rights group frets over Tunisian abuses

TUNIS, Tunisia, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Thursday it was concerned by the alleged mistreatment of a suspect in the assassination of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

Al-Qaida wreaking havoc on Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- There's no political goal that justifies the horrific level of violence carried out by al-Qaida in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said in condemning weekend attacks.

Justice absent in Libya, human rights group says

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Libya hasn't been able to establish a functioning justice system since the collapse of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime in 2011, Human Rights Watch said.

Moroccan student remains jailed for insulting king

RABAT, Morocco, July 16 (UPI) -- Human rights workers are calling on the Moroccan government to free a student jailed for deprecating comments he made about the king that were put online.
At least 30 reported dead in Egyptian political violence

At least 30 reported dead in Egyptian political violence

CAIRO, July 5 (UPI) -- At least 30 people were killed in Egypt Friday and Saturday in fighting between soldiers and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, witnesses said.

91 women assaulted during Egypt protests

CAIRO, July 3 (UPI) -- Mobs sexually assaulted and in some cases raped at least 91 women in Tahrir Square over four days of Egyptian protests, anti-harassment groups said.

Rights group says Emirati gov't at low point

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 3 (UPI) -- Most of the government critics sentenced to jail in the United Arab Emirates were isolated from legal counsel for nearly a year, Human Rights Watch said.

7 imprisoned for Facebook posts

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 30 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven government critics to prison for inciting protests and harming public order through Facebook, court officials said.

Rights criticism of Egypt grows

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Thursday the sectarian climate in Egypt was getting tense after four Shiite villagers were lynched in a village near Cairo.

Libyan laws 'draconian,' rights group says

TRIPOLI, Libya, June 21 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called on Libyan authorities to drop charges against political party officials facing the death penalty for insulting Islam.

Rights group: Bahrain has no room for dissent

BRUSSELS, June 20 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch published an 87-page report Thursday accusing Bahrain of enacting legislation restricting the activities of its opponents.

Yemen pressed on power transfer goals

SANAA, Yemen, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi needs to take security concerns to heart as he enters his second year in office, Human Rights Watch said.

HRW wants answers from Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Iraqi leaders are called on to conduct a meaningful investigation into the January shooting of protesters in Fallujah, Human Rights Watch said.

Rights group questions Bahrain reforms

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The government in Bahrain needs to show its commitment to reforms following a year of putting repression above all else, Human Rights Watch said.

Egyptian crackdown troubles HRW

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch expressed concern about Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's decision to give the military authority to arrest people without judicial review.
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Joe Stork is an American political activist and Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs/Middle East Studies from Columbia University.

Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1996, Stork co-founded the Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP) and was editor of its flagship publication, the Middle East Report. Stork served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey. "He presently serves as chair of the Middle East Studies Association's Committee on Academic Freedom and sits on the advisory committees of the American Friends Service Committee, Foreign Policy in Focus and the Iraq Revenue Watch project of the Open Society Institute."

Stork's involvement with MERIP and anti-Israel activism before joining HRW have made him the object of criticism. Maariv reported that Stork was a "radical leftist" who had attended an anti-Zionist conference hosted by Saddam Hussein in 1976, and that MERIP had praised the murders of Israeli athletes in the Munich massacre. Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW, has defended Stork by saying that these events took place thirty years ago, Stork was only one of several editors of MERIP at the time, and he later became a staunch critic of Hussein.

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