Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Indonesia: Calls for action over apparent attack on family home of rights lawyer | The Guardian

Activists in Indonesia have called for a thorough investigation after an explosion outside the home of the parents of a prominent human rights lawyer who represents those involved in the West Papuan independence movement.

Russia: Prosecutors seek to dismantle Memorial human rights group | DW

Russia’s oldest and best-known human rights group announced Thursday it was being charged with violating the country’s notorious “foreign agents” law.

Iran: Hunger-striking husband says UK must do more to secure Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release | Sky News

The British government is not doing enough to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her husband has said while on hunger strike outside the Foreign Office.

Myanmar: Attacks on civilians ‘crimes against humanity’ – UN | Al Jazeera

The head of the UN body investigating the most serious crimes in Myanmar has said that preliminary evidence collected since the military seized power shows a widespread and systematic attack on civilians “amounting to crimes against humanity”.

Olympics sponsors pressured over China’s ‘appalling human rights record’ | Financial Times

The big sponsors of the Beijing Winter Olympics, including Visa, Coca-Cola, Airbnb and Omega, are under pressure from human rights campaigners to use their leverage to address human rights abuses in China.

Palestine: Activists’ mobile phones hacked using NSO spyware, says report | The Guardian

The mobile phones of six Palestinian human rights defenders, some of whom work for organisations that were recently – and controversially – accused by Israel of being terrorist groups, were previously hacked by sophisticated spyware made by NSO Group, according to a report.

Amal Clooney urges businesses, govts to work together on human rights issues | Reuters

Liberal governments and companies should work hand-in-hand to uphold human rights, renowned lawyer Amal Clooney said at the APEC CEO Summit on Thursday, calling businesses “absolutely essential” to advancing rights.

UK: Equality and human rights must be at the heart of discussions on climate change

We can no longer ignore the equality and human rights implications of climate change, writes Baroness Kishwer Falkner.

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