Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Iran executes two men for blasphemy as human rights group accuses regime of ‘intolerable’ crackdown

The men were accused of being involved in a channel on messaging app Telegram which authorities claimed insulted Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. But the group Iran Human Rights argues the international community has given the green light to a rise in death sentences through inaction.

Sudan resolution passes in UN Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, Thursday, on the human rights impact of the conflict in Sudan, Anadolu News Agency reports.

Japan Leads Effort in Asia to Promote Human Rights Due Diligence

As the European Union and the United States actively consider legal and regulatory measures to address human rights abuses in business supply chains, Japan has issued guidelines for Japanese businesses to assist them in monitoring and disclosing such abuses.

UN rules useless against China’s forced labor, research shows

The EU wants to focus on ILO compliance and companies’ due diligence on supply chains. Neither works easily.

Over 70% of South Koreans support promoting human rights in North Korea

More than 70 percent of South Koreans said they are in support of promoting North Korea’s human rights issues, according to a poll released Thursday.

Regularly engage with India on human rights: White House

In the run-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the U.S. next month, the White House has said that the Biden administration regularly engages with India on human rights and that U.S. President Joe Biden “never shies away” from having conversations on rights issues with other leaders.

Suit by Renowned Saudi Human Rights Activist Details Harms Caused by Export of U.S. Cybersurveillance Technology and Training to Repressive Regimes

PORTLAND, OR — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA), and Foley Hoag LLP on Monday filed an amended complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon on behalf of renowned Saudi human rights activist Loujain Alhathloul against three former members of the U.S. national security establishment and their former employer, DarkMatter Group, an Emirati cyber-surveillance company.

How the world reacted to Imran Khan’s arrest in Pakistan

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been arrested on corruption charges by the country’s paramilitary forces in capital Islamabad.

Canada announces bid for UN Human Rights Council seat: ‘Can’t stand idle’

Canada is throwing its hat in the ring for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, pledging to advance issues from online speech to access to abortion.

TYC conducts month-long march to flag human rights violations in Tibet

Activist group Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) has launched a month-long “Tibet Matters March” from Gangtok (Sikkim) to Tezpur (Assam) on 29 April to raise awareness of the ongoing human rights violations in Tibet under the totalitarian Chinese rule.

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