Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Hungarian minister grilled by EU about ‘threats to rule of law’ | The Guardian

A Hungarian minister was quizzed for the first time by her EU peers on Monday about Viktor Orbán’s restrictions on media, NGOs and courts – restrictions that are widely seen as eroding democracy and the rule of law.

Australia does not rule out handing over human rights lawyer to Indonesia | SBS News

Australia has not ruled out acting on a Interpol red notice threatened against an Indonesian human rights lawyer amid political unrest in West Papua.

Lawyer: Client to pursue EU money in human rights case | ekathimerini.com

A Cypriot lawyer said Thursday he’s going to the European Union’s Court of Justice to get the bloc’s executive arm to use money earmarked as assistance to Turkey to compensate a client who won a human rights case against the Turkish state.

Jailed Tajik Lawyer Yorov Receives Human Rights Award In Warsaw | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov has been awarded the Faiziniso Vohidova Human Rights Prize for his contribution to the development of democratic institutions and civil rights in Tajikistan.

Cameroonian Lawyers Say ‘Enough is Enough’ | Human Rights Watch

Cameroonian lawyers are on strike this week, protesting law enforcement agencies’ interference in their work and violations of defendants’ rights.

Dutch court hears war crimes accusations against Israel’s Benny Gantz | The Electronic Intifada

As Israelis went to the polls on Tuesday, one of the leading candidates for prime minister was fending off war crimes accusations in a court in The Hague.

Should law firms quit Hong Kong over pro-democracy protests? | The Times

Few City law firms with offices in Hong Kong are prepared even to discuss their future in the jurisdiction as the mix of democracy protests, alleged human rights abuses and commercial considerations encourages them to keep their heads down.

Lawyers urge Turkish court to free top Kurdish politician | Al-Monitor

A Turkish appeals court has approved the release of jailed opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas, but he and his lawyers are pessimistic that the judiciary will act independently of political pressure to keep him behind bars.

How Torture Is Institutionalized in Sri Lanka | The Diplomat

A new 68-page report from the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) demonstrates how torture has been institutionalized in Sri Lanka.

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