Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Egypt official tells Europe to take in 1m Gazans if ‘you care about human rights so much’

A senior Egyptian official has reportedly mockingly demanded that Europe take in one million Gazan refugees if it cares “about human rights so much”, as Cairo continues to grow ever more frustrated with pressure to open its border crossing with the besieged Gaza Strip and take in fleeing Palestinians.

Iran’s Mahsa Amini wins EU human rights prize

Amini died in September 2022 after being detained by Iran’s ‘morality police’ for allegedly not complying with strict rules on head coverings.

Thai deaths in Hamas massacre spotlight poor agricultural workers from Asia who toil in Israel’s fields

Like his father Chumporn and dozens of other able-bodied men from their village in northeast Thailand, Manee Jirachart moved to Israel in search of work, dreaming of a better life.

Unpacking Indian Supreme Court’s verdict on same-sex marriage

India’s top court stops short of allowing equal marriage, but recognises the rights of gay couples.

What are the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict?

As with almost everything to do with this conflict, it depends on whom you ask.

My Best Friend Has Been in Prison for 3 Years for Protesting in Mexico. I Am Calling for Her Release.

Kenia Hernández has been imprisoned since 2020 for taking part in a demonstration at a toll booth.

Activists turn backs on US officials as UN-backed human rights review of United States wraps up

Dozens of activists who champion LGBTQ, indigenous peoples’ and reproductive rights or campaign against discrimination have turned their backs in a silent protest in Geneva.

Human rights court upholds migrant teenager’s case against Malta

A teenager from Ivory Coast has won a case against the Maltese government at the European Court of Human Rights. The court ruled that the migrant was unlawfully treated in detention, despite suffering serious physical and mental health problems.

Chile’s ongoing debt to human rights victims

On September 11 this year, during the 50th anniversary of the coup d’état against socialist president Salvador Allende, thousands of Chileans marched to remember the more than 40,000 victims who were detained, disappeared, tortured, and executed during the 17 years of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Pinochet implemented a repressive state policy, resorting to human rights violations through existing state bodies and others created solely for that purpose.

Japan: Family court rules it’s unconstitutional to require surgery for gender change

In a win for Japan’s LGBTQ+ community, a family court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to require a person to undergo surgery in order to officially change genders.

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