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Rights watch

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

Shifting alliances in Sudan’s Darfur as new civil war fears rise

In Sudan’s western region of Darfur, a place long synonymous with conflict, fears of a new civil war are on the rise.

Unreleased Report Finds Faults in Amnesty International’s Criticism of Ukraine

Amnesty International’s board has sat for months on a report critical of the group after it accused Ukrainian forces of illegally endangering civilians while fighting Russia, according to documents and a person familiar with the matter.

Germany pursues tougher stance on EU asylum reform

The German government will take a more restrictive position in the upcoming negotiations on revamping the EU asylum system and will accept the controversial accelerated asylum procedures.

Sunak says UK, Italy ‘aligned’ as he meets far-right Meloni

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared that Britain and Italy are “very aligned” in values as he welcomed far-right Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni on Thursday for talks focused on migration, defense and the war in Ukraine.

Foreign Executives Need To Do Human Rights Due Diligence In Mexico

Foreign executives need to engage in robust political risk analysis in order understand local power dynamics in Mexico. For executives at companies concerned with social responsibility, one of the most important risks in Mexico has to do with human rights violations by potential suppliers and business partners.

APARC experts discuss human rights violations in North Korea, call for support for exiled citizens

This year marks the 10th anniversary since the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to create a Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. In her opening speech, Shin Hwa-Lee, ambassador-at-large of the Republic of Korea on international cooperation for North Korean human rights, argued that the value of human rights is universal in nature and that numerous human rights abuses were taking place in North Korea.

Hong Kong Arrest Encroaches on Free Expression in Japan

Last month, Hong Kong police arrested a 23-year-old Hong Kong woman who had been studying in Japan since 2019 upon her return to the city. Her “crime”? While in Japan she had posted messages online in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, according to media reports.

UN expert urges Japan to sanction Myanmar junta

Japan should sanction Myanmar as it has done for Russia over its Ukraine invasion, a United Nations expert said Thursday, slamming the junta’s “barbarism and oppression”.

Vietnam strongly commits to ensuring human rights

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam, organised an international workshop on “Experience in reporting under the UPR mechanism.”

South Africa’s Tobacco Bill May be in Violation of Human Rights

The founder of the advocacy organization Vaping Saved My Life (VSML), Kurt Yeo, said that the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill will rob smokers of the opportunity of having access to “one of the most effective tools in reducing harm and achieving smoking cessation.”

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