Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Veteran Chinese human rights lawyers expected to face trial soon | South China Morning Post

Two Chinese human rights lawyers who have been held for more than two years are expected to stand trial soon, according to friends and legal sources.

Prominent lawyer among dozens jailed for treason in Cambodia | The Guardian

A prominent Cambodian-American lawyer has been sentenced to six years in jail for treason in an ongoing mass trial against critics of the ruling party.

UN human rights chief to forgo second term amid China trip criticism | The Guardian

The United Nations’ human rights chief has announced her decision to step down, citing “personal reasons”, amid weeks of speculation following her recent China trip that drew fierce criticism from activists and western politicians.

Myanmar: Lawyer takes own life after family members taken hostage by junta troops | JURIST.org

Myanmar lawyer Daw Phyu Phyu Khaing, 29, took her own life after military junta troops arbitrarily abducted her family members and held them as hostages.

British woman takes gang rape case to European Court of Human Rights | The Independent

A British woman cleared of lying about a gang rape in Cyprus is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) because she is “determined to push for justice”, her lawyer has said.

Israel case for outlawing six Palestinian human rights groups is weak say European diplomats | Middle East Monitor

European diplomats have said that evidence submitted by Israel in support of its designation of six Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organisations “doesn’t meet the required threshold of proof”.

Anti-war stance in Russia leads to denunciations and arrests | DW

In Russia, critics of the war in Ukraine are increasingly being reported to the police. DW spoke with Russians who have been betrayed by their own relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbors.

VW faces Brazil hearing over dictatorship-era slavery claims | France 24

German carmaker Volkswagen faces an audience with Brazilian prosecutors over allegations of human-rights violations at a farm it ran during Brazil’s military dictatorship, including slave labour, rapes and beatings.

European court rules Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ law violates rights | EURACTIV.com

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Russia’s legislation on “foreign agents” violated the rights of the groups designated as such and ordered Russia to pay many of them compensation.

Defending the Amazon is a dangerous undertaking. Critics say Bolsonaro is making it worse | CNN

Though formally protected by the government, the wild Javari Valley, like other designated indigenous lands in Brazil, is plagued by illegal mining, logging, hunting and international drug trafficking — which often bring violence in their wake, as perpetrators clash with environmental defenders and indigenous rights activists.

Oil vs human rights: Biden’s controversial mission to Saudi Arabia | Financial Times

The president’s trip to Riyadh next month is a remarkable U-turn that was sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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