Rights watch

Rights watch

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

West Papua: Pacific leaders urge UN visit to region’s ‘festering human rights sore’ | World news | The Guardian

Regional forum in Tuvalu ‘strongly encourages’ Indonesia to finalise UN visit to troubled province

Malawi: Human rights defender survives petrol-bomb attack, car burned to ashes | Amnesty International

In response to a petrol bomb attack targeting the home and car of Malawian human rights defender and activist Timothy Mtambo, which took place in the early hours of this morning, Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, said:

Why Macron Should Speak Frankly With Putin About Human Rights | Human Rights Watch

Emmanuel Macron will meet Vladimir Putin in Brégançon, the French president’s summer home, on August 19, a date that resonates deeply with the Russian leader. It was on that day, 28 years ago, that an attempted coup set off a chain of events that culminated in the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A Wake-Up Call for Human Rights by James A. Goldston - Project Syndicate

Current criticisms of human-rights advocacy contain much truth, and rights groups must adjust their approach accordingly. At the same time, however, activists should be under no illusion that the rights movement alone can win the battle against illiberal populism.

UNEP, UN Human Rights Office sign new agreement, stepping up commitment to protect the human right to a healthy environment | UN Environment

  UN Environment Programme and UN Human Rights chiefs formalise new partnership to protect environmental and human rights Strengthened cooperation aims to drive better protection of environmental human rights defenders and their families Agreement will seek to increase support for national implementation of human rights-based environmental policies

Courts are handcuffed on corporate human rights abuses abroad

Despite a recent Tahoe Resources settlement and apology to Guatemalan protesters, Canadian companies can still get away with crimes committed abroad — even in the face of insurmountable evidence.

Hong Kong protesters call for boycott of Disney’s ‘Mulan’ remake - CNN

Liu Yifei, the actress starring in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan”, waded into the Hong Kong protest controversy on Thursday by expressing support for the Hong Kong police.

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