Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Fury at UN human rights chief over ‘whitewash’ of Uyghur repression

Dozens of scholars have accused the UN human rights chief of having ignored or contradicted academic findings on abuses in Xinjiang with her statements on the region.

Mission accomplished? The meaning of Russia’s claimed land bridge to Crimea

Analysis: As its defence minister trumpets a key goal, Russia is pushing hard to subjugate areas of southern Ukraine it controls.

U.S. Fails to Assess Civilian Deaths in Yemen War, Internal Report Says

A Saudi-led coalition has killed civilians with U.S. weapons, but the State Department and the Pentagon have fallen short on tracking the deaths, U.S. investigators found.

India is facing a firestorm over ruling party officials’ comments about Islam. Here’s what you need to know

India is trying to contain the diplomatic fallout as outrage grows in the Muslim world following derogatory comments made by ruling party officials about the Prophet Mohammed.

Malaysia to abolish mandatory death penalty in move welcomed by rights campaigners

Malaysia will abolish the mandatory death penalty, the government said Friday, in a move cautiously welcomed by rights groups as a rare progressive step on the issue for the region.

Rights groups say Biden’s visit will fuel Saudi regime’s human rights abuses

US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, a country he once vowed to make a “pariah”, has again laid bare the duplicity of Washington’s foreign policy and human rights rhetoric.

Egypt to cooperate with EU, UN on implementing National Strategy for Human Rights

The Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) said on Thursday that it will sign a cooperation programme with the European Union (EU) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) on implementing Egypt’s National Strategy for Human Rights.

Cameroonian activists win 2022 RFK Human Rights Awards

Two Cameroonian human rights defenders, Maximilienne C. Ngo Mbe and Felix Agbor Nkongho (Balla), were honored today, June 9, with the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights Awards in a ceremony held at the Kennedy Caucus Room at the United States Senate in Washington, D.C.

Photos: US-bound migrant caravan set to trek through Mexico

Thousands of mostly Venezuelan migrants and refugees began receiving temporary Mexican visas as they prepared to continue their trek towards the United States.

French retailer Casino, Amazon tribes offered mediation over deforestation row

A French judge on Thursday proposed mediation in a legal dispute between Casino (CASP.PA) and indigenous groups from Brazil over Casino’s links to Amazon deforestation.

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