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

Arrest of Russian bar leader condemned | The Law Society Gazette

The International Bar Association has condemned the arrest and pre-trial detention of Russian lawyer Dmitry Talantov, president of the Bar Association of the Republic of Udmurtia, following comments he posted on Facebook criticising Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prominent human rights lawyer loses seat on Hong Kong Law Society’s governing council as ex-president wins re-election | South China Morning Post

A prominent human rights lawyer in Hong Kong has lost his seat on the Law Society’s governing council, while a former president has won re-election in the latest reshuffle at the city’s biggest solicitor body.

Nigeria: Human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong released from prison | Premium Times

Human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong has just been released from Uyo prison after spending 30 days for alleged contempt of court.

Iran exiles sue President Raisi in US ahead of UN meet | The New Arab

An exile group announced a New York lawsuit against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Thursday, challenging US authorities to take action against him as he is expected to arrive next month for the UN General Assembly.

Rights watchdog says protesters in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan region denied fair trials | RFE/RL

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Tajik authorities to stop the “wrongful detention” of residents of the Central Asian nation’s volatile Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), dozens of whom have been arrested since protests in May protests and “are facing closed, unfair trials”.

US asked Israel to review IDF’s “rules of engagement” in West Bank | Axios

The Biden administration wants Israel to review its “rules of engagement” during military operations in the occupied West Bank after the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Vietnam court upholds nine-year jail sentence for democracy activist | Al Jazeera

A Vietnamese court has upheld a nine-year prison term for prominent human rights campaigner and writer Pham Doan Trang, who was convicted of anti-state activities, her lawyers and state media said.

Afghanistan: Taliban stops scores of female students from flying to Qatar | Middle East Eye

Scores of female Afghan university students have been prevented from boarding a flight to Qatar by the Taliban, who were reportedly upset that the young women were not travelling with male guardians.

Iranian women allowed to attend domestic football match for first time in over 40 years | CNN

Hundreds of Iranian women attended a professional domestic football match in Tehran for the first time in over 40 years, following a ban on women attending sports stadiums.

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