Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Kazakhstan president says he gave order to ‘open fire with lethal force’ | The Guardian

Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, has said he personally gave the order to security forces and army to “open fire with lethal force” against protesters he called “bandits and terrorists”.

The Afghan judge working to free her sisters left behind | The Guardian

Fawzia is energetically networking with other female Afghan judges and human rights defenders in exile, along with prominent female lawyers in the UK such as Helena Kennedy, to try to secure a safe exit for those who have not yet managed to escape.

European rights court takes up Norway Arctic drilling case | Bloomberg

The European Court of Human Rights is asking Norway to respond to charges by activists that allowing new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic during an environmental crisis may breach fundamental freedoms.

Poland: Rights group verifies Polish senator was hacked with spyware | The Independent

Amnesty International said it has independently confirmed that powerful spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group was used to hack a Polish senator multiple times in 2019 when he was running the opposition’s parliamentary election campaign.

Tunisia doctors have ‘grave fears’ for hunger-striking politician | Al Jazeera

Doctors in Tunisia have expressed alarm about the health of former justice minister Noureddine Bhiri, who has been refusing food or medication since his arrest last week, a human rights body has said.

Tigrayans deported by Saudis ‘forcibly disappeared’ in Ethiopia – rights group | The Guardian

Thousands of Tigrayans are being deported from Saudi Arabia and held in secret detention sites in Ethiopia, according to Human Rights Watch.

Thailand: The skimpy crop-tops that are infuriating Thai authorities | FT

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, which represents some of the people charged with lèse majesté, who include children, said it had dealt with 164 cases involving 168 individuals over the past year, the largest number it had ever encountered.

China: Tesla criticised for opening showroom in Xinjiang despite human rights abuses | The Guardian

Tesla has opened a new showroom in the capital of Xinjiang, a region at the heart of years-long campaign by Chinese authorities of repression and assimilation against the Uyghur people.

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