Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Iranian lawyer arrested during protest in October sentenced to three years in prison | RFE/RL

Iranian lawyer Saeed Sheikh has been sentenced to three years in prison as the government continues to crack down on lawyers while suppressing nationwide protests that began three months ago.

Lawyers exit Hong Kong as they face campaign of intimidation | The Japan Times

A campaign of intimidation is being waged against lawyers in Hong Kong who take on human rights cases, have criticized a China-imposed national security law or raised alarms about threats to the rule of law.

What Israel’s New Far-Right Government Means for Palestinians

Critics fear that Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-line coalition will damage the country’s democracy and inflame tensions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Volker Türk: the man charged with protecting the world’s human rights

Nearly three months into his job as the new human rights chief at the UN, Volker Türk has a lot on his plate.

Japan, US to launch body to tackle human rights abuses

The Japanese and U.S. governments plan to jointly establish a new organization to eliminate human rights abuses from international supply chains, it has been learned.

IRGC affiliated lawyers represent detained protesters in Iran | Rudaw.net

Many lawyers representing detained protesters in sham trials in Iran are also members of a militia linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that has been responsible for the killing of hundreds of demonstrators, a senior official from Tehran’s Bar Association has said.

Spiralling Chinese atrocities on the Tibetans

The Dragon’s atrocities on Tibetans have assumed worrisome dimensions. On the 31st December 2022, the Dalai Lama pointed out three aspects: first, that the Chinese government had destroyed Buddhist temples; second, that China has poisoned the people of Tibet; and third, that the Dragon is trying to decimate Buddhism.

Can Human Rights Law Protect Against Humiliation?

Human rights laws aim to protect the vulnerable from humiliation. Do they work?

Meta’s $1.6B Kenya Court Case Revives Online Safety Debate

Specifically, all eyes are on the Kenyan High Court, where a coalition of victims of hate crime and human rights groups are suing Meta, claiming that the company’s social media recommendation algorithms amplify hatred and fuel ethnic conflict.

China: Zhang Zhan’s prison letter offers hope and fear | DW

Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan has offered glimpses of her life in prison in a letter that she recently sent to her family.

Italy’s migrant rules ‘contradict’ international law, say charities

Twenty charities on Thursday slammed new rules on rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean introduced by Italy’s right-wing government, saying they go against international law and will result in more deaths.

Palestinian rights lawyer says deportation won’t stop him | ABC News

Palestinian lawyer and activist Salah Hammouri vowed to keep up his fight for the rights of the Palestinian people despite his deportation to France following Israel’s claim that he has ties to a banned militant group.

Ankara bar publishes five censored reports on torture, ill-treatment of alleged Gülenists | Turkish Minute

The Ankara Bar Association has published five reports by its human rights committee on allegations of torture made by detainees held at a police detention centre that were previously censored by management and prompted the then-committee chair and several lawyers to resign.

Trial of Belarusian Nobel prize winner Ales Bialiatski opens in Minsk | The Moscow Times

Jailed Belarusian Nobel Peace Prize winner Ales Bialiatski has gone on trial in Minsk in what supporters see as a bid to clamp down on Belarus’s highest-profile human rights organization, Vesna, which he founded.

Cristiano Ronaldo should address Saudi issues, says Amnesty International

Cristiano Ronaldo should use his platform to speak about human rights issues in Saudi Arabia, says Amnesty International.

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