Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Israel Hamas war: UN say women and children main victims of conflict as IDF hit Damascus

UN: Women and children main victims of Israel-Hamas war with 16,000 killed.

China’s human rights record criticised at UN as it faces rare scrutiny of policies

UK, US and others use universal periodic review to speak out over Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.

Modi opens grand Hindu temple with eye on India’s upcoming elections

Critics accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi of stoking religious tensions with his inauguration of the temple, built on the site of a mosque that was destroyed by Hindu mobs.

Italy’s lower chamber of parliament approves deal with Albania to house migrants

Italy’s lower chamber of parliament on Wednesday approved a novel government deal with Albania to house migrants during the processing of their asylum requests, a cornerstone of Premier Giorgia Meloni’s efforts to share the migration burden with the rest of Europe.

South Korea’s Conscription of K-Pop Group BTS Isn’t Just Ill-Considered. It’s a Human Rights Violation

It may sound hyperbolic to call compulsory military service an act of enslavement, but that’s exactly what it is.

Protests spread in rural Russia in support of jailed activist

More than 1,500 demonstrators flooded the center of the regional capital of Ufa in rural Russia, expressing solidarity with Fayil Alsynov, an indigenous campaigner sentenced to four years in prison earlier this week.

Spain’s supreme court rules govt broke the law when it sent child migrants back to Morocco

Spain’s Supreme Court ruled Monday that authorities acted illegally when they sent unaccompanied child migrants back to Morocco after thousands of people forced their way from the North African country onto Spanish soil in 2021.

More forced marriages and worker exploitation – why Australia needs an anti-slavery commissioner

Last week, a 47-year-old Queensland man was charged with 46 offences, including torturing and enslaving deckhands on his fishing boats.

Philippine Government Readies for UN Rapporteur, Emphasizing Commitment to Human Rights

The visit of United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the promotion of the freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan, to the Philippines has stirred the global spotlight.

Evert and Navratilova decry Saudi bid to host WTA Finals

American tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova criticized Saudi Arabian money flowing into women’s tennis on Thursday in an opinion article published in the Washington Post.

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