Rights watch

Rights watch

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

Detained Saudi activist ‘cut off’ from family contact

A Saudi women’s rights activist detained over social media posts has been out of contact with the outside world since November, Amnesty International said Wednesday, accusing Saudi authorities of “enforced disappearance”.

U.N. Experts Alarmed Over Reports Of Human Rights Violations Against Palestinian Women

The alleged acts may “amount to serious crimes under international criminal law,” said the experts, pointing to reports of violence and sexual assault.

Alexei Navalny: Police in Russia crack down on protests as human rights group claims ‘at least 100 arrested’

Mr Navalny, a chief critic of President Vladimir Putin who had campaigned against official corruption and led major anti-Kremlin protests, was confirmed dead by prison authorities in Russia on Friday.

Tshisekedi 2.0 era opens with wave of repression in DRC

Human rights advocates fear a return to the bad old days of former president Joseph Kabila in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Encryption backdoors violate human rights, says EU court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared that giving law enforcement access to encrypted messages through backdoors violates fundamental rights outlined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

China LGBTQ community hangs tough in dissent amid repression

In a scene like many played out in theaters around the world, last month a smiling dance performance director emerged from the wings after a show to thunderous applause, taking a bow with a rainbow flag bearing the slogan “Love is love, love and gender are unrelated.”

‘A betrayal’: mother’s fight for justice as Indonesia elects Suharto era figure

President-elect Prabowo Subianto has human rights abuses to answer for, says mother of student shot at 1998 protest

Who was Robert Badinter, the most important Frenchman of whom you never heard?

At the end of a class on the fundamental principles of law that I was teaching to first-year law students, a group of students approached me and asked: “But who is this Robert Badinter you speak of so often?”

Pakistan official admits involvement in rigging election results

Pakistan’s election commission will ‘hold an enquiry’ after Rawalpindi commissioner Liaqat Ali Chattha’s announcement.

In Northern Mexico, Cycling Offers a Reprieve From the Country’s War on Drugs

“Are you ready?” Joel Mancinas asks me. We hop on our bikes, leaving the quaint center of Icamole, a small town 35 miles northwest of Monterrey in the state of Nuevo León, speeding down the road as the cool, crisp air scrapes our cheeks under a blue spring sky.

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