Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Russia names lawyer Chikov, journalist Varlamov ‘foreign agents’ | The Moscow Times

Russian authorities have added prominent human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov and journalist Ilya Varlamov to the country’s controversial “foreign agents” registry.

Wife of killed human rights lawyer to run in Turkish opposition party in Diyarbakir | Kurdistan24

Turkan Elci, the wife of human rights lawyer Tahir Elci, who was killed in 2015, has joined Turkey’s opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP) and is expected to run in Turkish elections in May in Diyarbakir.

Singapore court suspends death row lawyer for five years | The Diplomat

A Singaporean court has  suspended the prominent human rights lawyer M. Ravi from practising for five years, for making “grave and baseless accusations of improper conduct” against the attorney-general’s office.

James Cleverly signs ‘roadmap’ with Israel which threatens to undermine ‘apartheid’ criticism and human rights investigations | Byline Times

With human rights bodies increasingly calling for international action on what they describe as a growing apartheid system in Israel and the occupied territories of Palestine, an agreement signed by UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen just made such action much harder.

Britain’s top lawyers say they will refuse to prosecute climate activists | The Telegraph

A group of top lawyers have declared they will refuse to prosecute climate activists.

EU governments sued for violating human rights through climate inaction | France24

Citizens affected by climate change are suing the governments of more than 30 European countries in three separate cases before the European Court of Human Rights, alleging that state inaction has violated their human rights.

Lawyers and rights groups calls for greater scrutiny of DeSantis’s Guantanamo record | The Independent

Lawyers and human rights activists have called for greater scrutiny of Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s time serving as a Navy JAG lawyer at Guantanamo Bay, amid accusations from former detainees that he observed their torture.

Family of jailed Tunisia MP files complaint with UK against President | Middle East Monitor

The family of jailed Tunisian parliamentarian and Ennhada Movement leader, Said Ferjani, has filed a legal appeal, calling on the UK to impose sanctions on Tunisian officials, including President Kais Saied, for gross human rights violations.

OSCE to examine human rights situation in Belarus | RFE/RL

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will establish an expert mission to examine the human rights situation in Belarus after a request by the United States and 37 other countries.

Almost all countries criminalise abortion in some circumstances, study finds | The Irish Times

Almost all countries criminalise abortion in some circumstances, despite the public health risks and impact on human rights, a study published in the BMJ Global Health journal has found.

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