Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Guatemala arrests anti-corruption lawyer, prompting international outcry | Al Jazeera

Guatemala has arrested a former member of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption mission, the latest in a string of legal actions taken against those who prosecuted government wrongdoing and organised crime.

Lawyer who called Pakistan army ‘terrorists’ re-arrested | BBC News

A prominent Pakistani human rights lawyer who criticised the powerful military has been re-arrested hours after a court granted her bail.

Lawyer for Mahsa Amini’s family faces ‘propaganda against the system’ trial In Tehran | RFE/RL

The trial has begun in Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court of Mohammad Saleh Nikbakht, the famed lawyer for the family of the 22-year-old Iranian woman whose death in police custody has led to months of mass protests.

Russia adds Chechen human rights lawyer Abubakar Yangulbayev to ‘terrorists and extremists’ list | Meduza

Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service has added Abubakar Yangulbayev, a former lawyer for the organisation Crew Against Torture, to its list of terrorists and extremists.

Israel’s occupation of West Bank illegal, new UN report finds | Middle East Eye

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is illegal under international law, according to a new report commissioned by the UN, which called for Israel’s “immediate and unconditional” withdrawal from the territory.

Leaked recording of UAE officials reveals the nation’s concern over its public image | The New York Times

As the UAE prepares to host a global climate summit, officials discussed ways to counter criticism of the Gulf state’s human rights policies.

Arrests in Uganda, Nigeria shine spotlight on grim state of LGBTQ rights across much of Africa | CBC

Human rights groups are concerned about recent crackdowns targeting LGBTQ people in parts of Africa under laws that restrict their very existence.

Human rights group takes aim at Meta over Rohingya persecution | Arab News

Human rights group Amnesty International has demanded Meta be held accountable for its role in the persecution of the Rohingya minority group in Myanmar.

Lebanon: Arrest of stand-up comedian Nour Hajjar sparks fears despite release | Al-Monitor

Beirut, already undergoing economic and political paralysis, was struck this week by arrest of a stand-up comic who joked about Lebanon’s army and offended religious figures five years ago.

US deports dozens to Haiti despite telling citizens to leave country | Al Jazeera

Less than 24 hours after the United States urged its citizens to leave Haiti “as soon as possible” due to increased violence, authorities deported dozens of Haitian nationals back to the country, an immigration rights advocate has confirmed.

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