Rights watch

Rights watch

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

France: Stun grenade blamed for maiming dozens of Yellow Vests banned | The Telegraph

France is to ‘immediately’ ban a controversial police stun grenade containing TNT and blamed for maiming dozens of protesters as the Macron government seeks to counter claims it has failed to reign in perceived police brutality.

Ecuador: Americas’ human rights court hears deadly sexual violence case | Reuters

An Ecuadorian mother who said her 16-year-old daughter killed herself after being sexually abused by staff in school took her 18-year battle for justice to the top Americas court on Tuesday in the region’s first case of its kind.

Iran: Human rights lawyer gets recognition as she languishes in an Iranian prison | The Globe and Mail

As Queen’s University prepares to honour Nasrin Sotoudeh, a leader in the campaign against child executions, we must stand by the institutions that have replaced silence with solidarity.

Colombia: New chief prosecutor has no experience in criminal law, but no alleged criminal either | Colombia Reports

Colombia’s Supreme Court has elected President Ivan Duque‘s former human rights adviser, Francisco Barbosa, as the country’s new chief prosecutor.

People urgently fleeing climate crisis cannot be sent home, UN rules | BBC News

People fleeing immediate danger due to the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home, the UN has said.

Turkey: Erdogan’s crackdown on lawyers | Byline Times

Stephen Delahunty reports on how professionals and members of civil society in Turkey are living under a shadow.

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