Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Events in Iran since Mahsa Amini’s arrest and death in custody

Iran’s clerical rulers have faced the biggest protests in years since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died last month while in the custody of the morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.

UN vote to ignore human rights abuses in China leaves west in dead end

In a display of raw Chinese political power, the UN has voted to turn its back on a report written by its own human rights commissioner that accused Beijing of serious human rights abuses and possible crimes against humanity in Xinjiang province.

Failure to extend Yemen ceasefire leaves millions at risk, say charities

The expiry of a six-month ceasefire in Yemen has thrust the country back into war after limited improvements in humanitarian conditions, according to analysts.

India police flogging Muslims ‘serious rights violation’: Amnesty

Human rights group Amnesty International has called the flogging of Muslim men by police in the western Indian state of Gujarat “a serious human rights violation” that shows “utter disrespect towards the law”.

UN: Civil, Political Rights Repressed in Russian-Occupied Areas of Ukraine

U.N. human rights monitors say freedom of expression, assembly and other civil and political rights are constrained in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, including Crimea. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has submitted its latest report on the situation in Ukraine to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Mexico Reliant on Army to Fight Crime Despite Human Rights Abuses

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is struggling to confront organized crime groups despite increased reliance on the armed forces, whose involvement in serious human rights abuses has become evermore clear in recent months.

US envoy on N. Korean human rights will help revitalize global discussion: S. Korean envoy

Appointing a U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights will send a clear message to the reclusive regime that human rights matter while also helping to revitalize global discussions on the dire issue, South Korean envoy for North Korean human rights said Thursday.

Religion, Nationalism, and Populism in Turkey Under the AKP

The AKP has also worked to undermine key democratic institutions and core constitutional rights. The valorization of “the national will” against “the elites and enemies within” in the AKP’s rhetoric has both facilitated this democratic erosion and made it more dangerous.

Brazil elections: Erosion of rights under Bolsonaro drives activism among marginalised communities

‘We are fighting for things that have already been fought for. This is why we cannot win this fight alone.’

Denmark’s concerns over Qatar’s human rights ahead of 2022 World Cup is hypocritical

Sam Hamad argues that the Danish team’s kits protesting Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers is hypocritical given their silence over previous human rights violations, and their own mistreatment of refugees.

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