Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Iran: Civil rights lawyer on hunger strike due to harassment in prison | The Jerusalem Post

Iranian civil rights lawyer Soheila Hejab started a hunger strike in prison to protest the Islamic Republic’s harassment of her and her family.

Serbian rights lawyer wins UN refugee agency award in Europe | The Independent

Serbian human rights lawyer Nikola Kovacevic is this year’s winner of a prestigious UN Refugee Agency award in Europe.

Yemen: UN accused of turning a blind eye to Yemen abuses | Al Jazeera

Human rights advocates from southern Yemen have accused the United Nations of turning a blind eye to human rights violations committed in areas under government control at the hands of “terrorist” groups.

Egypt: Under fire for abuses, Egypt releases human rights strategy to mixed reviews | The Washington Post

For years, Western governments and human rights groups have urged Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to ease his crackdown on dissent, which has seen the arrests of thousands of people, including activists and journalists.

UK: Ruling in Princess Haya case raises fresh questions for Cherie Blair | The Guardian

The finding by a senior judge that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was used by the ruler of Dubai to hack the phone of his ex-wife and five of her associates, all resident in England, raises fresh questions about Cherie Blair’s involvement with the company.

US: Lawyer Steven Donziger gets six-month sentence for contempt in Chevron battle | The Guardian

Steven Donziger, the US indigenous rights campaigner and lawyer who spent decades battling the energy firm Chevron over pollution in the Ecuadorian rainforest, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for criminal contempt charges arising from a lawsuit brought by the oil giant.

Philippines rights groups decry presidential bid of late dictator’s son | CNN

Philippines human rights groups staged protests to denounce an attempt by the son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to return his family to power by vying for the presidency.

Brazil: Key to saving Amazon is protecting Indigenous rights, environmentalists say | NBC News

Protecting the native inhabitants of the Amazon and their right to ancestral lands is crucial to saving the rainforest because they are its best guardians, environmental activists have said.

Israeli judge’s approval of ‘quiet’ Jewish prayer at Al-Aqsa stirs anger | France 24

An Israeli judge’s conclusion this week that “quiet” Jewish prayer should be allowed at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, revered by Muslims and Jews, has stirred Palestinian furore over the Jerusalem flashpoint.

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