Rights watch

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

Turkey: Human rights honour for jailed lawyer

Turkish human rights lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı is to receive the ‘Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019’ on 23 May in Amsterdam.

Saudi Arabia: 37 people put to death in largest mass execution in past three years

Saudi Arabia has executed 37 people convicted of terrorism-related offenses, bringing the number of executions there in the first four months of the year to 105, according to the Saudi interior ministry and Reprieve, a human rights group that tracks the use of the death penalty in the kingdom.

Bangladesh: Teenager burned to death for reporting sexual harassment

Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh. Less than two weeks earlier, she had filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster.

Hong Kong: ‘Umbrella nine’ pro-democracy leaders sentenced to jail

A group of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have been sentenced to prison for their role in the Umbrella Movement protests, with two of its leaders jailed for 16 months.

Kenya: Detention of patients, bodies illegal

The detention of patients for inability to pay their hospital bills, a rampant practice in Kenya, has been called unconstitutional amid increasing scrutiny from the country’s politicians.

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