Rights watch

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

Brazil: Supreme Court Votes to Make Homophobia a Crime

A majority in Brazil’s supreme court has voted to make homophobia and transphobia crimes like racism, a decision coming amid fears the country’s far-right president will roll back LGBT social gains.

Germany: Government official recommends Jews exercise caution when wearing a kippah

NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Deidre Berger, director of the AJC Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations, about a government official saying he does not recommend Jews wear a skullcap everywhere.

Pakistan: Human rights minister appoints first transgender employee

Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari has appointed a transgender woman to her department for the first time.

Egypt’s Sinai: ‘War crimes’ being committed, says Human Rights Watch

Egyptian forces and militants in the Sinai might both be responsible for crimes against humanity, human rights campaigners say.

Tiananmen Square protests: crackdown intensifies as 30th anniversary nears

Chinese authorities have detained dozens of people as part of a ramped-up annual crackdown ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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