Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Polish abortion verdict violated rights of pregnant woman, human rights court rules

European Court of Human Rights says ruling violated convention.

Release of Alberto Fujimori in Peru rekindles fears of backsliding on human rights

The release from prison of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori on Dec. 6, 2023, has sparked concern over Peru’s commitment to human rights.

From Gaza to Ukraine, what would the pioneers of human rights think of our world today?

During the week when we mark 75 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1948 convention on the prevention and punishment of genocide, I have been thinking about the genesis of both events and how we should commemorate them now.

When India Was a Human Rights Leader

During the framing of the UDHR in the wake of the Second World War, Hansa Mehta, the leading Indian diplomat, was the reason why the UDHR affirms the rights of all “human beings” rather than all “men.”

Rights group accuses China of collective punishment of human rights defenders

Madrid-based human rights organization Safeguard Defenders (SD) published a report alleging the practice of collective punishment as a political tool by the Chinese government against human rights defenders and their families on Sunday, which marked International Human Rights Day.

New positive duty powers for Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission has new powers to make investigations and enforce compliance with the positive duty to take action to prevent unlawful workplace conduct.

Mexico Must Stand up to Agribusiness Oligopolies on GM Corn Ban

U.S. and Canadian civil society groups are denouncing their own governments’ efforts, driven by the agribusiness industry, to repeal Mexico’s proposed ban on genetically modified corn.

Rina Gonoi: Three Japanese ex-soldiers found guilty of sexual assault

A Japanese court has found three ex-soldiers guilty of sexually assaulting a female colleague.

Detained Hong Kong activist Chow Hang-tung awarded human rights prize by France, Germany

Chow Hang-tung, the former vice-chairperson of the group that organised Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigils, has been in detention since September 2021 for allegedly inciting subversion under the national security law.

French minister vows to defy top court, ECHR on Uzbek’s expulsion

France’s interior minister vowed to do “everything” to prevent an Uzbek citizen returning to France despite top French and European courts ruling against his expulsion.

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