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Rights watch

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

Iran execution of child condemned by UN human rights office

Seventeen-year-old Hamidreza Azari was executed along with Milad Zohrevand, 22, as UN agency calls for moratorium on capital punishment.

A Pakistani province aims to deport 10,000 Afghans a day

Authorities in a Pakistani province are setting targets for police to arrest and deport hundreds of thousands of Afghans they say are in the country illegally.

China expands mosque closure campaign beyond Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch reveals

The Chinese government has increased mosque closures in the northern Ningxia region and Gansu province, according to a report released on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch criticises Czech stance on Israel-Gaza conflict

Human Rights Watch European Media and Editorial Director Andrew Stroehlein voiced criticism of some European states, particularly the Czech Republic, for what he perceives as a failure to condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza during an interview on Wednesday.

LGBTQ advocates cheer Thailand’s latest drive for same-sex marriage law

If passed by parliament, Thailand would be first country in Southeast Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and only the second in Asia, after Taiwan.

Danish ‘sub killer’ loses lawsuit over right to new relationships

Denmark’s most notorious prisoner, serving life for murdering a journalist aboard his homemade submarine, lost a lawsuit against the Danish state over legislation barring him from cultivating new relationships.

Gaza, Yemen, Syria, Human Rights, and Oil: The Elephants in the COP28 Room

The annual multilateral Conference of the Parties (COP) has become one of the most important meetings on the global agenda. So the fact that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host COP28 starting this week in Dubai—on the coattails of another Arab country, Egypt, hosting COP27 in 2022—is a big deal. Bringing such important international meetings to the Global South is a step forward in decentering and reorienting global climate action.

How events in Ukraine could help stop human rights abuses in North Korea

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on May 2023 at the Hague, called for the establishment of a special hybrid tribunal to pursue accountability for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crime of aggression.

Tantric yoga guru arrested over accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation in France

A large police operation took place on Tuesday morning in Paris, a source told the Associated Press, after allegations from women surrounding psychological manipulation within a tantric yoga organisation which is headquartered in the UK.

Is Christmas ‘racist’? Why the question came up on Parliament Hill

The holiday season is fast approaching, and a question from Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet nearly landed him on Speaker Greg Fergus’ naughty list — but was ultimately allowed to proceed.

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