Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Saudi air strikes are claiming Yemeni lives almost daily, human rights groups warn

Saudi Arabia and its allies are killing Yemeni civilians almost daily in indiscriminate air strikes and other attacks, human rights organisations have warned.

Ukraine war: Inside a prisoner of war camp for Russians

Russian missiles were once again taunting Ukraine from the sky as we entered this prisoner of war facility in the west of the country.

U.S. envoy to Japan hopes for ‘clear, unambiguous’ LGBTQ legislation

The U.S. ambassador to Japan has said he hopes that the Japanese parliament will enact “clear, unambiguous” legislation to protect sexual minorities, adding he has “full confidence” in Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s leadership on the issue.

Ethiopia commission accuses Oromiya rebels of killing 50 people

At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region this month in an attack by a banned rebel group, the state-appointed human rights commission said on Wednesday.

The Guardian view on India’s tax raid on the BBC: Modi v the media

Following the deadly sectarian riots in Gujarat in 2002 – in which more than 1,000 people, overwhelmingly Muslims, were killed – Narendra Modi, then the state’s chief minister, was asked whether he would have done anything differently in retrospect: “The one area where I was very, very weak … was how to handle the media,” the now prime minister replied.

Husband of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer summoned by judiciary

The husband of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh will be forced to serve the rest of a five-year prison sentence, Sotoudeh told CNN on Tuesday.

Riot Police Prevent Right-Wing Demonstrators From Entering Presidency In Belgrade

Police blocked Serbian right-wing protesters who attempted to storm the building of the presidency in Belgrade on February 15 during a rally on Statehood Day against Serbia’s ongoing dialogue on normalizing relations with Kosovo.

Water Shortages Threaten to Increase Violence and Disappearances in Mexico

In 2006, Mexico declared war against drug traffickers in the wake of escalating inter-cartel warfare. Since then, there have been more than 300,000 murders in the country, a death toll escalated by violence between law enforcement, the military and the cartels.

Pakistan’s rights body finds spike in rights violations against Ahmadi community

Lahore: A fact-finding mission led by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has reported an alarming uptick in the persecution of the minority Ahmadi community in the country’s Punjab province.

Dutch police are guilty of racial profiling, court rules

The police branch of the Dutch armed forces — the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee — was found guilty of racial profiling, a court ruled Tuesday.

Taking over the Sri Lankan presidential palace was a high point for Wasantha. Then came six months of horror

For months, Wasantha Mudalige helped build a protest movement that ousted a president for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history during the country’s worst economic crisis.

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