Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Ukraine war: Russia intensifies bombing in worst attack of the year

Ukraine announced Wednesday that Russia had bombed more than 100 locations in the past 24 hours, the largest number in a single attack since the start of the year.

UN official who denounced Gaza ‘genocide’ had been under review after Israel lobby complaint

A senior UN official who sent a letter denouncing the organisation’s failure to protect civilians in Gaza had been subject to a review into allegedly biased social media posts after a pro-Israel lobby group complained.

Albanese to raise human rights and trade with Xi in first China visit by Australian PM since 2016

Anthony Albanese will raise human rights, trade and Australia’s concerns about the militarisation of the South China Sea when he meets Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday during the first visit to China by an Australian prime minister since 2016.

How did Macron get to his proposal for abortion in the French Constitution?

President Emmanuel Macron does not hesitate to make haste with his plans to include abortion in the French Constitution. Next week, he will submit a bill to the Council of State, he announced. How did he get so far? A reconstruction.

Myanmar military’s human rights abuses a ‘system exercised from the top’

New research linking alleged violations to soldiers and commanders suggests actions are institutionalised.

International Uyghur conference in Tokyo addresses human rights abuses

The “International Uyghur Forum: Global Parliamentarian Convention” was held in Tokyo earlier this week, bringing together parliamentarians and Uyghur rights advocates to address pressing human rights concerns and promote international cooperation.

Indi Gregory: Judge denies Italy treatment plan for ill baby

A judge has ruled that a critically ill baby will not be allowed to travel to a hospital in Italy to receive treatment.

Israel-Hamas war has awakened anti-Muslim hate in Thailand

Amid the escalating conflict between Hamas and Israel, Malaysia and Indonesia have been among the countries most vocal in condemning Israel’s counteroffensive in Gaza and the toll it is taking on Palestinian civilians.

Germany eyes outsourcing asylum applications to Africa

Germany is looking to outsource the processing of asylum applications to Africa amid pressure from liberal junior coalition member FDP and a general rise in asylum applications, in a move similar to the UK’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Fifa must secure Saudi promise over World Cup human rights, Amnesty International warns

Fifa has been urged by Amnesty International and other global organisations to secure binding commitments to improving human rights in countries due to host the 2030 and 2034 World Cups.

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