Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Geert Wilders, known for anti-Islam comments, gets 1st crack at forming Dutch government

Geert Wilders, the Dutch populist whose anti-Islam comments have led to death threats, could become the next leader of the Netherlands following an election upset for his Freedom Party (PVV) on Wednesday.

China: Human Rights Watch accuses Beijing of closing and destroying mosques

China is closing, destroying and repurposing mosques, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has alleged in a new report.

Victoria Villarruel, the first vice-president to play down dictatorship’s crimes

By presenting herself as a militant of “complete memory,” the La Libertad Avanza vice-president-elect has constructed her political figure around the controversial “theory of two demons,” equating left-wing killings with state terrorism.

Should U.S. Aid to Israel Be Contingent on Human Rights?

Senator Ben Cardin, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, argues that humanitarian concerns should not hold up funding for Israel’s war effort.

As EU visits Havana, five truths about human rights in Cuba

I am writing these words in exile. I left Cuba almost exactly a year ago, after months of being threatened by state security to stop my work defending human rights inside Cuba.

As Israel pounds Gaza, BBC journalists accuse broadcaster of bias

In the latest newsroom fallout over the war, BBC journalists say the corporation is failing to humanise Palestinians.

Japan, Tibet, Uyghur, and Southern Mongolia Conduct Seminar Condemning China’s Infamous Religious Order No. 19

Tibet Network and Tibet House Japan organised a seminar on China’s Religious Order No.19 issued on September 1 at Shinjuku Historical Museum today in Tokyo.

UNHCR concerned over consequences of Pakistan deportation orders for Afghan nationals

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) expressed concerns during a Tuesday press briefing over Pakistan’s orders for undocumented foreigners to leave the country, saying that the directive has caused fear and panic within Afghan communities. The UNHCR representative in Pakistan, Philippa Candler, cited adverse consequences for Afghan nationals, including registered refugees and individuals with valid documents.

Mexico rights agency says soldiers fired ‘without reason’ in border city in 2022, killing a man

Mexico’s governmental human rights agency said Wednesday that soldiers opened fire “without reason” a year ago in the violent border city of Nuevo Laredo, killing a man.

South Africa’s immigration proposals are based on false claims and poor logic – experts

The South African government recently issued a long-awaited policy statement outlining proposed changes to the country’s asylum and immigration system. More than 20 years after its first post-apartheid immigration legislation in 1998, immigration remains a pressing concern.

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