Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Lawyers held as Iran unrest escalates | Law Society Gazette

European lawyers’ representatives have expressed concern about the welfare of lawyers arrested amid continuing turmoil in Iran.

Hong Kong government hits back over UN human rights criticism | South China Morning Post

The Hong Kong government has rejected criticism from the United Nations after four minors were sentenced to detention for abetting “armed revolution”.

Frontex covered up Greek migrant pushbacks, EU report concludes | The New Arab

A much-anticipated report by the European Union’s anti-fraud watchdog into the alleged involvement of the EU border agency Frontex in Greece’s illegal pushbacks of migrants to Turkey has concluded that agency employees were involved in covering up such incidents in violation of peoples’ “fundamental rights”.

Turkey passes new law imposing jail terms for ‘misinformation’ and ‘fake news’ | Middle East Eye

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a new media law that could see individuals sentenced to up to three years in prison for spreading “fake news” or “disinformation”, raising concerns about free speech in the country.

Sierra Leone lawyer Ady Macauley locked up for interpreting the law on national TV | Sierra Leone Telegraph

Veteran human rights and constitutional lawyer Ady Macauley spent a night behind bars after he was arrested by police following his appearance weeks ago on AYV TV, where he gave his legal interpretation of the country’s freedom of assembly laws to the anger of government officials and the ruling SLPP.

India: Lawyers abstain from work over arrest of an advocate by Delhi Police | The Print

Lawyers at Delhi’s District Court abstained from work over the arrest of an advocate for allegedly having a fake LLB degree. The lawyers claimed that the Delhi police arrested the lawyer despite the fact that the degree got verified by the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) and was found genuine.

Brazil: Fate of the Amazon and Indigenous peoples’ rights now ‘hangs in the balance’ | Euronews

The fate of the Amazon rainforest could rest on the outcome of Brazil’s election, according to experts.

UK firms using legal muscle to facilitate human rights and climate abuses – report | The Guardian

UK companies operating overseas are afforded far greater legal protections than the citizens of the countries they invest in, leading to corporations getting away with human rights and climate change abuses, a report has found.

Give legal rights to animals, trees and rivers, say experts | The Guardian

Granting legal rights and protections to non-human entities such as animals, trees and rivers is essential if countries are to tackle climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, experts have said.

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