Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Israel expels French-Palestinian rights lawyer Salah Hamouri | Middle East Eye

France has condemned Israel’s expulsion of French-Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hamouri, calling it “against the law”.

UN names three women to probe Iran protests crackdown | RFI

The United Nations has named three women to lead a rights investigation into Iran’s violent crackdown on women-led protests that have rocked the Islamic republic for more than three months.

China’s COVID health apps being used for social and political control, activists say | Los Angeles Times

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu has found that her Covid-19 health app is being used to prevent her from travelling.

Peru’s ousted president seeks meeting with rights inspectors | France 24

Peru’s ousted president Pedro Castillo called from prison for a visit from inspectors of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, who are in the country to probe widespread civil unrest.

Taliban minister defends closing universities to women as global backlash grows | The Guardian

The minister of higher education in Afghanistan’s Taliban government has defended his decision to ban women from universities – a decree that triggered a global backlash and protests inside the country.

Turkey: Latin American rights groups demand release of Şebnem Korur-Fincancı | Bianet

The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Health Institutions against Torture, Impunity and other Human Rights Violations has addressed a letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, demanding the release of Prof. Şebnem Korur-Fincancı, head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB).

Russian justice ministry seeks closure of country’s oldest human rights group | RFE/RL

The Russian Justice Ministry is seeking the closure of the country’s oldest human rights watchdog, the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), amid a Kremlin campaign to muzzle criticism of the war in Ukraine.

Sweden extradites Kurdish refugee to Turkey amid NATO bid | Rudaw

Sweden has extradited a Kurdish refugee to Turkey as Ankara keeps pressuring the Nordic country to meet its demands in return for NATO membership.

Qatargate: Former MEP’s daughter fights extradition to Belgium on human rights grounds | Politico

The daughter of an Italian former MEP at the center of corruption allegations involving Qatar and Morocco has provisionally avoided extradition to Belgium after claiming that Belgian prisons are too overcrowded.

Spain and Scotland pass groundbreaking transgender rights laws | GCN

Both Scotland and Spain have passed historic transgender rights bills that allow people aged 16 and older to legally change their gender on their national identity cards.

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