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Human Rights Watch Daily Brief, 23 July 2014

Iraq forces kill civilians; UN to investigate Israel’s Gaza offensive; bodies from #MH17 transported to the Netherlands; who’s “hard to reach” when it comes to HIV?; 100 days have passed since Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls; the rollback on women’s rights in Afghanistan.


  1. Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6. Iraq may be fighting a vicious insurgency, but that’s no license to kill civilians anywhere they think Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) fighters might be lurking. 

  2. Iraqi Government Air Strikes Killing Civilians
  3. The UN Human Rights Council today voted to launch an independent investigation into Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Hours earlier, the council’s head, Navi Pillay, said that Israeli’s actions may amount to “war crimes.” US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv in hopes of brokering a ceasefire, although Palestinian authorities said they will only back a ceasefire if the Egypt-Israel blockade of Gaza is ended. 

  4. The first bodies recovered from Malaysian Airline flight 17, which was downed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, have been flown to the Netherlands. Most of the 298 passengers who perished in the fight were Dutch. Many have accused Ukraine’s pro-Russia rebels of downing the plane, and the rebels have also been accused of tampering with evidence on the ground. 

  5. It’s been 100 days since Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian school girls from the northeastern town of Chibok. Only yesterday, 11 parents of the kidnapped girls were killed when Boko Haram attacked their town. 

  6. One of the presentations at this week’s International AIDS Conference was on “hard to reach” populations. But upon deeper inspection the populations they spoke of – prisoners in the US, drug users in Vietnam, and HIV patients who had stopped taking their medication – aren’t, in fact, hard to reach.