Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Israeli public figures accuse judiciary of ignoring incitement to genocide in Gaza | The Guardian

A group of prominent Israelis has accused the country’s judicial authorities of ignoring “extensive and blatant” incitement to genocide and ethnic cleansing in Gaza by influential public figures.

Jimmy Lai lawyers file UN appeal saying there is evidence witness was tortured | The Guardian

The international legal team for the imprisoned media mogul Jimmy Lai, who is on trial for national security offences in Hong Kong, has filed an urgent appeal with the United Nations special rapporteur on torture regarding one of the key prosecution witnesses in Lai’s trial.

‘Gun-for-hire’ threatens to kill Philippines human rights lawyer | Rappler

A man claiming to be an alleged “gun-for-hire” made death threats at human rights lawyer Fionah Bojos through a phone call.

Israel’s top court strikes down move to curb its powers | The New York Times

Israel’s Supreme Court has struck down a law limiting its own powers, a momentous step in the legal and political crisis that gripped the country before the war with Hamas, and pitted the court against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government.

Ex-Hong Kong lawyer Michael Vidler receives UK’s OBE honour for ‘services to justice and human rights’ | Hong Kong Free Press

British lawyer Michael Vidler has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) honour for “services to Justice and to Human Rights in Hong Kong”.

China rights activist goes on trial for ‘inciting subversion of state power’ | The Guardian

Li Qiaochu, a human rights activist detained for nearly three years in China, has gone on trial in Shandong province charged with “inciting subversion of state power”.

Russia’s Chechen governor says relatives of criminals who cannot be apprehended should be punished | Meduza

In a meeting with officials from the Internal Affairs Ministry’s Chechen department and the Russian National Guard, Chechen Governor Ramzan Kadyrov said that if criminals cannot be apprehended, their relatives should be punished.

Schools in England ‘face legal risks if they follow new transgender guidance’ | The Guardian

Schools in England could face legal action if they follow new guidance on how to treat transgender children, UK ministers’ own lawyers have reportedly warned.

Nobel laureate sentenced to jail in Bangladesh | BBC News

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced the Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus to six months in jail for violating the country’s labour laws.

Apple shareholders can vote on human rights proposals, SEC says | Bloomberg Law

Apple Inc. must give its investors the opportunity to vote on shareholder proposals pressing the company on its human rights policies, the U.S. SEC said.

India’s stateless babies: How lawless asylum rules leave refugees in limbo | Al Jazeera

Without a refugee law, India is an uncertain home for new waves of asylum seekers. Will the 2024 election change that?

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