Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Turkey grants Kurdish lawyer ‘protection’ after being targeted over Istanbul blast | Rudaw.net

Turkish authorities have issued a “protection order” for a Kurdish female lawyer after she was falsely accused of being the main perpetrator of the recent deadly explosion in Istanbul by a far-right politician.

Group files complaint before UN over lawyer killings in Philippines | CNN Philippines

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) has submitted a complaint to the United Nations (UN) regarding the numerous killings and other work-related attacks against Filipinos in the legal profession over the past several years.

Russian opposition leader Navalny moved to solitary confinement | BBC News

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been transferred permanently to solitary confinement.

Imprisoned Russian activist honoured with human rights award | ABC News

An imprisoned Russian opposition activist who was honoured by a human rights advocacy group dedicated his award to the thousands of people who have been arrested or detained in Russia for protesting President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Court sentences far-right German over extremist letters | DW

A 54-year-old man has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison by a regional court for sending over 80 threatening letters to public figures, including lawyers, politicians and journalists.

Use of death penalty declines in Africa | DW

As the World Congress Against the Death Penalty is underway in Berlin, many African countries are witnessing a fall in the number of state executions.

UN Council urges government to address Duterte administration’s human rights issues | CNN Philippines

The United Nations Human Rights Council has urged the Marcos administration to address the alleged extrajudicial killings and other human rights issues that occurred under former President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership.

Iranians use new tool to fight surveillance of women – sanitary pads | Middle East Eye

After security forces opened fire on commuters at a Tehran metro station, Iranians have responded with a new tool to stop authorities from monitoring them and enforcing dress codes on women: sanitary pads.

Former UK ambassador among prisoners freed in Myanmar | BBC News

Myanmar’s military has freed a number of opposition figures, as well as a former UK ambassador, a Japanese filmmaker and an Australian adviser to the country’s ousted civilian leader.

Dutch court jails three for life, acquits one in MH17 case | POLITICO

A Dutch court has found three men guilty of the murder of 298 people on board flight MH17, which was shot down by a missile as it flew over Ukraine in 2014.

Attorney keeps alive legacy of murdered Pará activists, despite death threats | Monagabay

Ten years after the murder of community leaders Zé Claudio da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo, attorney Claudelice dos Santos formally created an institute named after her brother and sister-in-law to support families at risk because of their social-environmental activism in Amazonia.

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