Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Chinese authorities still persecute dissidents’ families years after their release | Voice of America

Several human rights organisations say China has intensified persecution against human rights lawyers and their family members in recent months, as the ailing wife of a lawyer is denied access to her pension and medical insurance, while the children of two lawyers are repeatedly forced by local authorities to drop out of schools.

Rights lawyers go to court to stop German arms deliveries to Israel | Middle East Monitor

Human rights lawyers have filed an urgent appeal against Germany’s government to stop exports of war weapons to Israel, citing reasons to believe they were being used in ways violating international humanitarian law in Gaza.

In Italy, a Palestinian lawyer who fled Gaza builds Israel genocide case | Al Jazeera

Raji Sourani left the strip with his family as the war raged. He then joined colleagues in Sicily to try to take Israel to the ICJ.

Abortion back on the agenda in Poland as lawmakers debate whether to liberalise strict access | Euronews

Four legislative proposals on abortion are being considered by lawmakers in Poland, four months after the country’s right-wing government was ousted.

EU lawmakers back call to enshrine abortion in EU rights charter | Le Monde

European lawmakers have backed a call to include access to abortion in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, in a symbolic move after France enshrined the right in its constitution.

Turkey’s justice minister targets bar associations, accuses them of acting like opposition party | Duvar

Turkey’s Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç has accused bar associations of acting like an opposition party for “involving in different ideological activities.” Tunç claimed the associations were focusing on different things “rather than the problems of the legal profession.”

Students in Iran threatened with prosecution for graduation dance video | The Guardian

A group of Iranian students have been threatened with prosecution after a video of them dancing after their graduation emerged on social media this week.

City bar association cancels membership of Vietnamese activist lawyers | Radio Free Asia

The Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association has removed the names of lawyers Dang Dinh Manh and Nguyen Van Mieng from its list of members, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Law Newspaper.

Pakistan: Six cops booked for ‘torture’ of lawyer in Layyah | DAWN

Police have registered a case against six police officials and three private people on the complaint of a local lawyer who alleged that he was kidnapped and subjected to severe torture.

Russian court sentences woman to 10 months of forced labour for pretending to tickle World War II statue | Meduza

A court in Russia’s Volgograd region has sentenced a local woman to 10 months of forced labour for sharing a video on Instagram in which she pretends to “tickle” a World War II statue.

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