Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Prosecutor in Argentina launches investigation into alleged human rights crimes in Venezuela

A prosecutor in Argentina has launched an investigation into potential crimes against humanity in Venezuela following a criminal complaint filed by the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

Indian PMs France visit criticised over human rights issues

French President Emmanuel Macron’s official reception of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accused of powering the country’s authoritarian drift, has caused quite a stir among human rights activists despite the Élysée Palace’s talk of an inevitable partner.

Germany blasts China on human rights, but shies away from economic restrictions

BERLIN — Germany on Thursday released its first China strategy, accusing Beijing of “grave violations of human rights” but taking a softer line on economic measures like investment bans.

UN human rights group to probe Johnny’s agency sex abuse scandal

A working group of the U.N. Human Rights Council is planning to look into sexual abuse claims against the late founder of Japan’s top male talent agency Johnny & Associates, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The international human rights framework desperately needs an upgrade

Countries in the global south are making dangerous alliances with illiberal autocracies.

What Seoul seeks to achieve by publishing report on North Korean human rights

South Korea released an annual report on North Korean human rights to the public for the first time earlier this year, publishing its findings in not only Korean but also English.

UN experts urge Ethiopia to stop deporting, detaining Eritreans

Ethiopia and Eritrea are historical adversaries, though Eritrean troops fought alongside their Ethiopian counterparts in a recent two-year conflict against Tigray.

Civil society groups call on EU to put human rights at centre of AI Act

Human Rights Watch and 149 other civil society organisations are urging European Union (EU) institutions to enhance the protections for people’s fundamental rights in its upcoming Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA).

Pakistan hits back at Israel for lecturing on human rights

After an Israeli representative issued a harsh statement against Pakistan’s human rights record a day earlier, Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zehra Baloch termed it as a politically-motivated remark, adding that Pakistan can do without Israel’s advice on the protection of human rights.

UN rights council approves resolution on religious hatred after Qur’an burning

A deeply divided UN human rights council has approved a controversial resolution that urges countries to “address, prevent and prosecute acts and advocacy of religious hatred”, after incidents of Qur’an-burning in Sweden.

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