Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Kenyan policemen get sentences for murder of human rights lawyer | Al Jazeera

A Kenyan court has handed long prison sentences to a former police officer, two serving ones and their civilian informant for the 2016 murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani.

Nigerian lawyers boycott court over judge’s killing | THISDAY LIVE

Lawyers in Nigeria this week boycotted courtroom activities for three days to register their anger over the killing of the President of Ejemekwuru Customary Court, Nnaemeka Ugboma.

Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh says the anger behind Iran’s protests remains | CNN

A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has told CNN that while a brutal state crackdown has succeeded in quieting the demonstrations that gripped the country for months, many Iranians still want regime change.

UK MPs and peers find HSBC complicit in Hong Kong human rights abuses | The Guardian

HSBC is complicit in human rights abuses against Hong Kong residents by siding with Chinese authorities and denying pension payouts to those who fled the authoritarian crackdown, an inquiry by UK peers and MPs has concluded.

Lawyer asks to prosecute Xinjiang governor in the UK | The Guardian

A lawyer representing a Kazakh man who has alleged severe human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese state has requested permission from the UK attorney general to prosecute a Xinjiang governor expected to arrive in Britain on Sunday.

EU leaders harden rhetoric on migrant returns, divided on border fences | Euractiv

EU leaders have adopted their toughest stance on migration in recent memory against the backdrop of irregular border crossings hitting their highest level since 2015.

Tunisia: human rights group warns of ‘social and political explosion’ | Middle East Monitor

A human rights group in Tunisia has warned that the crisis facing the country poses an “imminent threat” to society.

Uganda ends mandate of UN Human Rights Office | Monitor

The Ugandan government has terminated the operations of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda.

Court says South Korea responsible for Vietnam War massacre | ABC

A South Korean court has ordered the government to pay 30 million won ($24,000) to a Vietnamese woman who survived a gunshot wound but lost several relatives when South Korean marines rampaged through her village during the Vietnam War in 1968.

Lawsuit to stop BMW selling petrol and diesel cars rejected by German court | Euronews

A German court has rejected a lawsuit by environmental campaigners seeking to force automaker BMW to stop selling vehicles with combustion engines by 2030.

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