Rights watch

Rights watch

A round-up of human rights stories from around the world.

Hong Kong group supporting human rights lawyers in China is latest to disband amid police pressure | Hong Kong Free Press

A Hong Kong group which supported human rights lawyers in mainland China has announced it is in the process of disbanding after it received a police data request at the end of last month.

Kenya judge: policemen must answer for killing of human rights lawyer | Euronews

Four police officers and a police informer have a case to answer in the killing of a human rights lawyer, a Kenyan judge has ruled, a rare move in a nation where rights groups have accused the police of hundreds of extrajudicial killings.

Amal Clooney appointed special adviser to ICC prosecutor | The Independent

British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has been named as one of 17 special advisers to the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

EU Parliament urges UAE to free imprisoned human rights activists | Al Jazeera

European Union legislators have urged the United Arab Emirates to free several prominent human rights activists and other “peaceful dissidents” imprisoned in the country.

NGOs blast Duque for weakening Colombia’s democracy and rule of law | Colombia Reports

Colombian President Ivan Duque‘s third year in office was the “worst” for Colombia’s democracy and rule of law, according to more than 500 human rights organizations.

US Haiti envoy quits over ‘inhumane’ deportations | BBC News

The US special envoy for Haiti, Daniel Foote, has resigned in protest over the deportation of Haitian migrants fleeing an earthquake and political instability.

ICC probe into killings under Duterte cements need for stronger UN action | Rappler

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the drug war killings highlights the need for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) to take stronger action against violence and impunity under President Rodrigo Duterte.

US approves $1 billion funding for Israel’s Iron Dome | The New York Times

Progressives balked at sending military aid to a country they accuse of human rights abuses, angering centrists and Jewish lawmakers who said the United States must support a crucial ally.

Poll: Support for abortion rights growing in some parts of Latin America | Yahoo! News

Support for abortion rights in some Latin American countries has jumped considerably since 2014, with Argentina seeing the biggest shift, an Ipsos poll finds.

Israel practices apartheid, say US academics | Middle East Monitor

Nearly two-thirds of American scholars and academics whose work focuses on the Middle East think that the current reality in Israeli and Palestine is akin to apartheid, a survey has revealed.

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