Rights watch

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

El-Sisi pardons Egyptian researcher Patrick Zaki and lawyer | Al Jazeera

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pardoned detained human rights researcher Patrick Zaki and lawyer Mohamed el-Baqer, state-run media has reported.

Prosecutor in Iran summons 54 lawyers who supported hijab victim | Iran International

Prosecutors in western Iran have summoned 54 attorneys to receive a warning because they supported the family of Mahsa Amini who was killed last year in the custody of hijab police.

Legal bodies take aim at China’s rights violations | Law Gazette

Lawyers continue to face systemic persecution for defending human rights in China, the Law Society of England and Wales has warned.

PA calls on Palestinians to file complaints against Israel via ICC online system | Middle East Monitor

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has called on Palestinian people, groups and individuals, to file complaints against Israeli crimes via the ICC’s new online platform.

Hong Kong man jailed for insulting China’s national anthem | DW

A Hong Kong court on Thursday handed a three-month jail sentence to a man for allegedly insulting the Chinese national anthem.

Egyptian-American activist sues Interpol, Egypt and UAE after detention in Dubai | Middle East Eye

An Egyptian-American activist has filed a federal lawsuit in the US alleging he was kidnapped and unlawfully imprisoned for over 40 days in Dubai last year.

US lawmakers file bill urging accountability for Assad government | Al Jazeera

Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have introduced a bill urging the United States to support international efforts to hold the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for “war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

UN uncovers 87 bodies in Darfur mass grave horror | CNN

The head of a United Nations agency has called for an investigation into the killing of at least 87 people who were discovered in a mass grave in Sudan’s West Darfur region.

Sweden and Nato: Has Stockholm appeased Turkey too much? | Middle East Eye

Human rights groups fear that the Scandinavian country, renowned for its neutrality, is being reckless with the future of Kurdish dissidents.

Jordan Henderson urged to speak on human rights abuses if Saudi move goes ahead | The Independent

Amnesty International has called on Jordan Henderson to speak out against human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia after Liverpool agreed a deal to sell their captain to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq.

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