Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Plight of Egyptian dissident Alaa Abdel Fattah overshadows COP27 | FT

Egypt’s human rights record — and in particular the plight of political dissident Alaa Abdel Fattah — has become the focus of intense attention, at times overshadowing the official business of the COP27 climate conference.

Iranian lawyer who has represented protesters arrested In Tehran | RadioFreeEurope

Iranian lawyer Mustafa Nili, who has represented many political and civic activists as well as a number of those arrested during ongoing anti-government protests, has been arrested by intelligence agents affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Cambodian lawyer begins hunger strike over prison conditions | The Diplomat

A prominent Cambodian political prisoner has begun a one-week hunger strike to protest the conditions of her imprisonment in northern Cambodia.

Attacks on Filipino judges, lawyers reported to UN | Inquirer.net

A Filipino lawyers’ group has asked the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to hold the government accountable for the continuing attacks against lawyers, prosecutors and judges in the Philippines.

Israel’s right threatens to tame ‘rule of lawyers’ | FT

Critics argue that, if enacted, the changes could pave the way for the descent into illiberalism seen in Hungary and Poland, eviscerate checks and balances and minority protections, and be used to help release Netanyahu from the corruption charges that he has been fighting for the last two years.

European lawyers write to Turkey’s Justice Ministry demanding Öcalan meeting | Medya News

The Germany-based European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) has written to Turkey’s Ministry of Justice to demand an end to the isolation imposed on Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

ICC asked to investigate ‘network’ committing crimes against humanity in Brazil’s Amazon | Inside Climate News

A court filing details an unrelenting barrage of threats, torture and murders intended to drive rural people from the rainforest and speed the extraction of natural resources. In a novel strategy, lawyers argue that the crimes are linked to a coordinated web of politicians, business officials and gangs.

Central African Republic special court sentences three for crimes against humanity | IOL News

In a historic ruling, a UN-backed court in the Central African Republic has convicted three militiamen of crimes against humanity and handed them jail terms ranging from 20 years to life.

French firm under investigation over alleged labour abuses in Qatar | CNN

A subsidiary of French construction firm Vinci has been placed under formal investigation over allegations of abusive working conditions on building sites in Qatar linked to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

UN urges Elon Musk to ensure Twitter respects human rights | The Guardian

Elon Musk has been urged by the UN to make respect for human rights central to Twitter after suggestions that as many as half of its more than 7,500 staff could be sacked.

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