Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Cleric killed in restive Iranian city, protests rage on

A cleric at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the restive, mostly Sunni Muslim Iranian city of Zahedan has been shot dead, the official news agency IRNA said, threatening a spike in sectarian tensions complicating government efforts to contain widespread unrest.

UN members condemn China over abuse of Uighurs in Xinjiang

Fifty countries have called on China to “uphold its international human rights obligations” in a joint statement read out during a United Nations debate that condemned violations against Uighurs and other predominately Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region.

Glaring Western Hypocrisy on African Human Rights

The US and EU are complicit in the continued Rwandan and Ugandan incursions into the DRC, as well as in their support of their TPLF proxies against Ethiopia.

Canadian bill would fine workers $4,000 for each day they strike

The premier of Canada’s most populous province is under fire for a “draconian” bill that would fine school support staff C$4,000 (US$2,900) a day for striking, prompting concerns that Ontario is eroding fundamental workers’ rights – and setting a troubling precedent.

Human rights organizations condemn mass arrest of LGBTQ+ persons in Malaysia

Human rights advocacy groups Justice for Sisters, Amnesty International of Malaysia, Women’s March Malaysia and 17 other organizations Tuesday called for an end to raids on LGBTQ+ people carried out by multiple policing organizations in Malaysia.

Spanish, Moroccan border guards ‘responsible’ for Melilla migrant ‘massacre’

An investigation by BBC Africa Eye highlighted the role played by Moroccan and Spanish border guards during the tragedy at Melilla on 24 June, and accused them of having a hand in the deaths of at least 24 migrants.

Alarm on Capitol Hill over Saudi investment in Twitter

Possible access to users’ data could pose national security risk and could be used to target kingdom’s dissidents.

‘Come to Germany and learn’: Albanian PM criticises UK’s immigration stance

The UK government should look to Germany to learn how to cope with a wave of immigrants, the Albanian prime minister has said, as he criticised its depiction of his countrymen as criminals.

Germany’s Scholz in China amid trade, Ukraine, rights issues

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Beijing on Friday for a one-day visit that has drawn criticism over China’s tacit support for Russia in its war on Ukraine and lingering controversy over economic and human rights issues.

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