Analysis of photographs and satellite imagery strongly indicates that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conducted mass executions in Tikrit after seizing control of the city on June 11, 2014. The analysis suggests that ISIS killed between 160 and 190 men in at least two locations between June 11 and 14. The number of victims may well be much higher, but the difficulty of locating bodies and accessing the area has prevented a full investigation.
Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo are partnering to report on a dramatically changing region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. With the Dutch Postcode Lottery’s support, Human Rights Watch is documenting rights violations and pressing new governments to remedy them, while World Press Photo is training the region’s next generation of visual journalists.