Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Lord Harries: Human rights must be validated in post-Brexit trade agreements | PoliticsHome.com

The UK Parliament must take into account a country’s human rights record when seeking new trade deals after Brexit, ensuring the strong human rights considerations built into EU trade agreements are continued, writes Lord Harries.

Jailed Iranian musician: ‘We need human rights… not a war’ | Sky News

Mehdi Rajabian was producing an album that criticised the nature of Iranian conflicts in history when he was arrested in 2013.

Secretary General to use full powers to ensure human rights protection | Council of Europe

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić today pledged to use her full powers to ensure human rights standards were respected throughout the Council of Europe region.

The Bulgarian government wants to end scrutiny of its human rights abuses. We can’t let them | Euronews

I have notified the relevant authorities at the United Nations about what is taking place in Bulgaria. Activities of this type directed against human rights defenders have no place in a rule of law state, let alone an EU state.

Doing nothing for air pollution violates human rights, Komnas HAM says | The Jakarta Post

The commission said human rights violations included negligence that led to rights deprivation.

‘Human rights before mining rights’: German villagers take on coal firm | The Guardian

Residents say they will not be ousted by energy firm seeking to expand the Garzweiler mine.

Venezuela crisis: UN to investigate alleged human rights violations | BBC News

A mission will be sent to the crisis-hit country to investigate alleged human rights violations.

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