Rights watch

Rights watch

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

What South Africa Really Won at the ICJ

For much of the world, Pretoria has restored its reputation as a moral beacon—at America’s expense.

Australian Human Rights Commission staff say organisation’s position on Israel-Gaza war is inadequate

Open letter urges commission to take stronger action over Israeli actions in Palestine as organisation says focus is on issues within Australia.

Japan court approves transgender man’s request for legal recognition without needing surgery

A court in western Japan on Wednesday approved a transgender man’s request to have his gender changed in official records without undergoing sterilization surgery, the first known ruling of its kind since the country’s top court struck down a surgery requirement for such record changes.

Private data of hundreds of journalists leaked in Mexico, AMLO accuses political rivals

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accuses political rivals of the security breach that resulted in the airing of personal information of 300 journalists covering the president’s morning briefings.

UN rights body expresses alarm at ‘pattern of harassment’ of Imran Khan’s party ahead of Pakistan polls

Khan has been sentenced to 34 years in jail after being convicted in four cases and has been disqualified from running for election.

German liberals pull plug on EU law to prevent supply chain abuses

FDP says Brussels’ sweeping legislation on environmental and rights misdeeds would place a huge burden on business.

Russia designates human rights campaigner a ‘foreign agent’

The Russian Justice Ministry designated Oleg Orlov, one of the leaders of the Memorial human rights group, a “foreign agent,” the ministry announced on Feb. 2.

Yang Hengjun: Australian writer given suspended death sentence in China

Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been given a suspended death sentence by a Chinese court, five years after he was arrested and accused of spying.

How the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can guide governments through the turmoil of 2024

In a landscape of seemingly increasing global crises, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) celebrated its 75th anniversary in December 2023.

Paris 2015 attacker Salah Abdeslam transferred from Belgium to France

He is the only surviving member of the Islamic State-aligned cell that killed 130 people in the French capital in 2015.

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