29 March 2010
At least 37 people were killed and dozens injured by two explosions within an hour of each other in the city centre.
The guerrilla group has been urged to put an immediate and unconditional end to kidnapping and hostage-taking.
26 March 2010
The men were arrested after they helped Hussain 'Ali Hassan al-Sahlawi, who had been shot and left unconscious by a security official in Karzakan.
Independent experts will monitor domestic investigations into war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Police opened fire with live ammunition in the city of Ar Raqqah, as an estimated 5,000 people gathered to celebrate the Kurdish New Year.
25 March 2010
The authorities have been urged to take further steps to protect the one in three women in the country who are victims of domestic violence.
Thousands of women living in temporary camps are threatened by sexual violence and have inadequate protection from any authorities
Clear patterns of abuse have emerged during the latest cycle of violence, which began when armed opposition groups launched a major offensive against the government last May.
24 March 2010
Lured to the country on the promise of jobs, many people from countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal are used in forced labour or exploited in other ways.
The authorities have effectively barred two human rights organizations from presenting their reports on the harassment of former political prisoners to the media.