Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Iranian lawyer charged after reporting client was tortured | RFE/RL

An Iranian lawyer who reported on the torture of his client by security agents has been charged for saying so publicly.

Lawyers rally outside Tel Aviv court against ‘dangerous’ judicial overhaul | The Times of Israel

Hundreds of Israeli lawyers rallied Thursday outside a Tel Aviv court to protest against the government’s controversial plans to overhaul the judicial system and allow politicians to override Supreme Court decisions.

Turkish court convicts medical expert on terror charges | FT

An Istanbul court sentenced the head of Turkey’s largest physicians’ union to nearly three years in prison on terrorism-related charges in a case rights defenders denounced as an effort to gag the government’s critics.

UK risks being listed as a ‘human rights abuser’, NGO warns | The Guardian

The UK government could soon make the list of countries that abuse rather than protect human rights with its “outright assault” on the rights of its own citizens and aggressive roll-back of protections such as on the right to assemble and protest, according to the international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Jokowi acknowledges Indonesia’s past human rights violations | BBC News

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has acknowledged “gross human rights violations” in his country’s history and vowed to prevent any repeat.

Hong Kong urged to amend laws to align them with national security legislation | South China Morning Post

A top Beijing official overseeing Hong Kong affairs has urged the city government to actively amend local laws to align them with “overriding” national security legislation.

Germany to vote on declaring IS crimes as genocide | DW

Parliamentarians in Germany are planning to declare that the atrocities committed by the “Islamic State” (IS) against Yazidis amounted to genocide, with a vote in the Bundestag expected next week.

UN chief warns that rule of law risks turning into ‘rule of lawlessness’ | Euronews

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the rule of law risks turning into “the rule of lawlessness”, citing a variety of unlawful actions committed by various states around the world, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Brazilians point to Bolsonaro as responsible for attempted coup | teleSUR English

A survey shows that 55 percent of Brazilians believe that former President Jair Bolsonaro is responsible for assaults against Brazil’s presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court.

Sri Lanka’s top court orders former president to compensate 2019 Easter bombings victims | CNN

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on has found the country’s former President Maithripala Sirisena and four other senior government officials responsible for failing to prevent the 2019 Easter bombings that killed at least 290 people and injured hundreds.

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