Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Secretive Saudi executions leave families in the dark

Executions of prisoners have been carried out in Saudi Arabia with no advance warning to their families, relatives have told the BBC. The country’s execution rate has almost doubled since 2015 - according to a new human rights report - the year when King Salman and his son Mohammed bin Salman took charge.

India’s bulldozer regime is evicting Muslims, killing justice

In the northern Indian city of Haldwani, about 4,000 families faced homelessness in December after the High Court of the state, Uttarakhand, ordered their eviction from land claimed by the Indian Railways.

Inter-American Court: Mexico’s mandatory pretrial detention violates human rights

Mexico’s mandatory pretrial detention system violates human rights, according to a ruling issued Friday by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Australia vows to keep raising human rights concerns with China despite ambassador’s warning

The Australian government has vowed to keep raising human rights concerns “at the highest levels” after Beijing’s ambassador urged the country to avoid “trying to smear China”.

African countries score low in 2022 corruption perception index - report

Several crises threaten security, stability, democracy, and human rights in sub-Saharan Africa, while there are still limitations and assaults on basic freedom and the civic space, the recently released Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report states.

“Unacceptable”: US Senators On China’s ‘Aggression’ Against India, Taiwan

Washington: Several influential Republican lawmakers have urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to hold China accountable for its egregious human rights abuses, unfair trade practices and aggression towards the US and its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, including its unacceptable and provocative behaviour against India and Taiwan.

Spain reiterates support for Morocco’s autonomy plan

Spain reiterated its support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative as the most serious, credible and realistic solution to end the regional conflict in the Sahara territory.

French Senate backs AI-powered video surveillance for Paris 2024 Olympics

France’s Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of a bill allowing experimental AI-powered video surveillance during the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.

Slovenia officially becomes first eastern European country to recognise same-sex marriage

The legalisation of same-sex marriage has officially come into effect in Slovenia, in a huge win for LGBTQ+ rights in eastern Europe.

Myanmar: Second anniversary of military coup marked in silence

There is a ghostly silence in the cities, villages and countryside of Myanmar today. Large parts of the civilian population, religious communities, associations, companies and ordinary citizens have joined the silent strike that the democratic forces of Myanmar called for on the second anniversary of the military coup on February 1, 2021.

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