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Rights watch

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

Drowning of 27 migrants in English Channel is worst disaster on record  | UN News

Urgent action is needed to avoid a repeat of tragedies like this week’s drowning of at least 27 people in the English Channel, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said.

UAE: Interpol appoints Emirati general accused of torture as president | The Guardian

A general from the United Arab Emirates accused of complicity in torture has been elected as president of the international policing agency Interpol in the teeth of fierce objections from human rights groups.

Gambian commission urges prosecutions for Yahya Jammeh-era abuses | Al Jazeera

A long-awaited report into allegations of abuse committed during former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule has recommended to the government to pursue criminal charges against those responsible.

Russia arrests, fines 30 Crimean Tatars celebrating release of their unjustly imprisoned lawyer with a 50-kilo cake | Euromaidan Press

Crimean Tatar lawyer Edem Semedlyaev was released from a remand prison in occupied Simferopol on Tuesday after spending 12 days under administrative arrest.

India arrests prominent Kashmir rights activist under terror law | Al Jazeera

India’s top anti-terrorism investigation agency has arrested prominent Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez under a stringent terror law following a day-long raid at his office and residence in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Turkey: Police break up ‘violence against women’ protest in Istanbul | Middle East Eye

Riot police fired pepper gas to disperse demonstrators who gathered in Istanbul on Thursday to protest violence against women, some chanting “government resign”, nearly five months after Turkey withdrew from an international treaty on the issue.

Mexico: Three women who investigated 2011 massacre were themselves being probed | Latin Times

Three women volunteers who investigated a 2011 massacre of 193 people appeared at a news conference after finding out that they had been investigated by the prosecutors as well, possibly because their findings embarrassed Mexican authorities.

Qatar: A year from World Cup, exploited migrant workers fight for change on human rights | NBC News

In a year’s time, the heroes of the so-called beautiful game will head to the tiny Gulf kingdom of Qatar in the hope of being crowned champions at the World Cup

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