Rights watch

Rights watch

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

The mysterious missing UN report on human rights abuses in Xinjiang

Months of stalling over the release of a long-completed investigation raises suspicions about China’s pressure tactics.

Why India Abstained From UN Vote To Remove Russia From Human Rights Council

We believe that no solution can be arrived at by shedding blood and at the cost of innocent lives. If India has chosen any side, it is the side of peace and it is for an immediate end to violence,” India said.

Pakistani dissidents hail their country’s apex court ruling

A group of prominent Pakistani dissidents Friday welcomed the ruling of their country’s Supreme Court ruling, restoring its elected parliament after its unlawful dissolution by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

‘Repression breeds defiance’: Thai activists unbowed by detention

Thailand’s political dissidents shattered taboos by calling for reform of the monarchy and not being deterred by jail time.

Australian Human Rights Commission’s status at risk over Coalition’s appointment process

Australia’s Human Rights Commission risks having its global accreditation downgraded because of the way the Coalition made key appointments.

Turkey hands Khashoggi case over to Saudi Arabia, sparking outcry

On Thursday, a court in Turkey decided to transfer journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder case to Saudi Arabia for trial. Human rights groups warn the decision could result in a cover-up, given that 26 Saudi nationals are accused of the killing.

Morocco: Stop criminal investigations against human rights defenders over social media posts

Moroccan authorities have stepped up their harassment of human rights defenders and activists in the past two months, with at least four facing criminal investigations and prosecutions over social media posts critical of the authorities, Amnesty International said today.

Amnesty urges Fifa to act over alleged abuse of security workers in Qatar

Human rights campaigners have called on Fifa to prevent the “systematic and structural” abuse of private security workers in Qatar before the World Cup finals, which begin in November.

Fishy Business: Report Details Chinese Fleet’s Illegal Operations in West Africa

It’s the classic postcard image of Ghana: brightly colored, narrow wooden fishing boats pulling into the dock of seaside village, bringing in the daily catch. But increasingly this way of life is under threat, with a new investigation showing how Chinese vessels engaged in illegal fishing are depleting stocks, sometimes even selling the fish back to the local communities whose livelihoods and food security have been undermined.

‘Housing is a human right’: Lecture highlights global housing issues, displacement

For Leilani Farha, a Canadian housing advocate, addressing housing issues is an essential part of human rights advocacy.

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